It is always a big thing when the auto industry’s strongest product undergoes an update and it is no different this time around with the modern era Maruti Suzuki Swift undergoing its third major update. The car was showcased for the Japanese market towards the end of last year and should arrive in the Indian market by the end of this year with a similar design and underpinnings.
The exterior of this new generation Swift has been updated in the form of a revised fascia which gets sleeker headlamps, revised grille and a sporty bumper which has a recessed front air intake. There is a sense of familiarity when you move to the side as the side profile is more or less the same since this version of the Swift was launched in 2004. At the back we can see a new wrap around design for the tail lamps, chunky bumper and slightly lowered roofline to give the car a sporty appearance.
On the engine and gearbox front, this car will be offered with the 1.2-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel and possibly at least one version that will make use of the RS spec 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. The standard 1.2-litre unit is a four-cylinder engine producing 83/115Nm while the diesel (also a four-pot) produces 75bhp/190Nm. Finally the RS variant’s engine will produce 110bhp/170Nm. A five-speed manual will be standard for all model while normal models will also get the option of an AMT.
While stepping inside, you are greeted by a black and grey cabin with the seats getting contrast coloured bases. The feature list on the Japanese car is quit extensive and includes things like a touchscreen infotainment system with reversing camera, climate control and leather upholstery. We in India are expected to get a slightly toned down cabin with a locally sourced infotainment system, pseudo leather trim and climate control only for the higher spec models.
When launched in India, the Swift will compete with the likes of the Hyundai Grandi10, Honda Brio, Mahindra KUV100 as well as compact sedans like the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and the Ford Aspire. It is expected to be priced higher than the current car and will slot in above the Ignis.