2018 Maruti Swift will see comprehensive cosmetic updates inside and out along with SHVS technology.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift might come with a 1200cc diesel engine boosted with SHVS mild hybrid technology.
New-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift is, undoubtedly, one of the much-awaited launches of the next year. While the India launch of the hatchback is months away, the Mexican arm of the Japanese carmaker has received the first shipment of the vehicle. Prior to its North American launch, the company has teased the new Suzuki Swift (new 2018 Maruti Swift in India) revealing its silhouette and headlamps.
Aiming to boost its sales in the segment, Maruti has made comprehensive design and feature updates to the hatchback. The third-generation Swift is visually more premium and has an upmarket cabin than the outgoing model. Besides having a plethora of new in-cabin equipment, the 2018 Swift will see an improvement in the material quality, fit and finish. Picture Gallery – New-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift
The current engine setup – a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel – will stay under the hood. Though, Maruti will tune them for achieving better power figures. Rumour also has it that the new Maruti Suzuki Swift might receive the Boosterjet engine. Based on Baleno’s lightweight platform, the hatchback is likely to be more fuel efficient than the current model.
Carrying Maruti DNA, the hatchback offers great value for money. With a deep-rooted network across the country including Tier II and Tier III cities, Swift demands low cot maintenance like other Maruti cars. However, with the new model carrying an array of new elements and a more upmarket look, Maruti is trying to push the boundaries (well quite literally going by its TVC). Picture Gallery – Upcoming Maruti Cars in India
|Launch Date (Expected)||Auto Expo 2018|
Earlier, the 2018 Swift was expected to hit Indian shores during this year’s festive season. Though, the company has pushed its launch for the next year. The hatchback’s new-generation version might see a release at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Production of the new Swift will begin in October 2017 at the carmaker’s Gujarat-based facility.
|Minimum (Estimated)||Rs 5 Lakh|
|Maximum (Estimated)||Rs 8 Lakh|
Maruti cars have always been favoured for their aggressive pricing coupled with low maintenance and low running cost, thus making them a great value for money products. The new Swift won’t be an exception here, and continue to remain among affordable cars in its segment. However, the new cosmetic and feature updates and mechanical tweaks might make it slightly pricier than the current model. Speculations suggest that the hatchback’s new-gen model will come at a starting price of Rs 5 lakh and its top-model could be priced around Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – 2017 Maruti Ciaz Facelift – All You Need To Know
|Engine||1.2L K-Series||1.3L MJD|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & AMT||5-speed MT & AMT|
The 2018 Swift hatchback will continue to come with 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines, which are likely to be calibrated for increased power and torque outputs. On the current model, the petrol and diesel motors deliver 83bhp with 115Nm and 74bhp with 190Nm respectively. The carline will also retain the standard 5-speed manual transmission. It might also receive an optional AMT or CVT gearbox unit. Reports suggest that Maruti is considering a new Boosterjet engine for the hatchback.
In the international markets, the new Swift is available with a K12C 1.2-litre Dualjet, 4-cylinder and K10C 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine options. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and a CVT. Read – New-generation Maruti Alto In The Works
The new Maruti Swift will use the same underpinnings as its larger sibling, Baleno. This would allow curbing substantial weight, making Swift lighter and more fuel efficient than the current model. This would also aid to the overall performance and handling of the car. With all the extra weight gone, the new Swift petrol is estimated to return a mileage around 21kmpl and the diesel version will offer 27kmpl.
-Large Hexagonal Front Grille
-Automatic LED Headlamps
-Halogen Fog Lamps
-Diamond Cut Alloys
-Rear Wiper & Washer
-Beat resembling Rear Door Handles
-New Steering Wheel
-New HVAC Controls with Circular Vents in Centre
-Two-Pod Instrument Cluster
-Automatic Climate Control
-New Touchscreen SmartPlay system
– Contrasting Trim on Dashboard, Door Panels and Floor
Damping duties on the new Swift will be performed by McPherson strut with coil spring up front and torsion beam with coil spring rear suspension unit.
The new Swift will source its braking power from disc front and rear brakes. In addition, it will get anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution.
While the basic contours will remain unchanged, the car will also witness dimensional changes. In terms of length, it will be shorter by 10mm and taller by 30mm measuring 3,840mm long, 1,500mm high and 1,695mm wide. There will be slight increase in the wheelbase by 20mm to 2,450mm and the ground clearance will be around 170mm. Read – New-gen Maruti Dzire Coming Soon To India
The new Swift will underpin the same platform as Baleno built from 41% tensile steel making it stiffer stronger and lighter by 100kgs compared to the current model.
Design updates on the outside are quite comprehensive, the front profile with a new hexagonal mesh-grille, restyled bumper and new projector headlamps looks completely transformed. On the contrary, the car looks like the current model from sides with minimal changes including the new diamond cut alloy wheels and floating roof line. Round the back, it gets new wrap-around tail-lamps, new roof spoiler, larger body coloured bumper, flatter lod and shorter windscreen.
The more upmarket cabin will receive new layout, improved quality material and new styling bits. One of the vital changes on the inside will be the new design for the dashboard with contrasting trims infusing contemporary looks. The door and floor panels will also come with contrast trims. There will be a new three-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls. Additionally, a new touchscreen infotainment system supported by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will sit on the console. Other features such as new HVAC controls with circular vents, automatic climate control with integrated digital displays and two-pod instrument dials with a large MID will also be packed inside.
With radical cosmetic changes, the new Maruti Swift will be more desirable visually, giving a tough competition to existing rivals such as new Hyundai Grand i10, new Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo in the segment.
Designed on the Baleno's platform, the new-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift will be lighter, stronger and stiffer than the current model. The hatchback will receive significant design and feature upgrades.