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.
The new generation Maruti Swift is, undoubtedly, one of the much-awaited launches of next year. While the company has already launched the new Dzire compact sedan, the new 2018 Maruti Swift is scheduled to be launched in early 2018. If media reports are to be believed, the new model will go on sale at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. While the launch of the hatchback is still 5-6 months away, the Indo-Japanese carmaker has imported the hybrid version of the hatchback in the country. This indicates that a more fuel efficient hybrid version of the Swift could also come to India. It is quite early to comment whether the company will launch the hybrid along with the petrol and diesel variants.
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. Talking about changes, the hatchback gets a new hexagonal grille with chrome surround, re-profiled headlights, a large bumper with new fog lamps and wide air-dams. Besides having a plethora of new in-cabin equipment, the 2018 Swift will see an improvement in the material quality, fit and finish. The hatchback comes with an improved wheelbase of 20mm, which turns into spacious cabin. The third generation model is based on Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform that also underpins the new generation Dzire compact sedan. This model is claimed to be around 100kgs lighter than the outgoing car, which will make it more fuel efficient. Picture Gallery – New-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift
Mechanically, the vehicle will continue to feature the existing set of engines – a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel. Though, MSI will tune them for achieving higher fuel efficiency. While the former is capable of producing 83bhp/115Nm, the oil burner is good for 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. It is expected that the new 2018 Maruti Swift could also receive the Boosterjet engine that also powers the Baleno RS. This is a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit that churns out 100.5bhp of power and 150Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual, an AMT and a CVT automatic.
First launched in 2005, Swift has been one of the top-selling models for Maruti Suzuki in India. 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 cost 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|
It was speculated that the new 2018 Swift will be launched in India during this year’s festive season. Though, the company has pushed its launch for the next year. Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the new model at the 14th edition of Asia’s biggest auto show – 2018 Delhi 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 Suzuki Swift hatchback will be powered by the same set of engines that also powers the existing model. While the petrol engine gets a 1.2-litre K-Series unit, the oil burner will be a 1.3-litre DDiS unit. Both engines are likely to be calibrated for improved efficiency and performance. The gasoline unit is capable of producing 83bhp of power at 6,000rpm along with a peak torque of 115Nm at 4,000rpm. On the flip side, the oil burner is good for 74bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 190Nm of torque aat 2,000rpm. The carline will also retain the standard 5-speed manual transmission, which sends power to the front wheels. It might aalso receive an optional AMT or CVT gearbox unit.
If media reports are to be believed, Indo-Japanese carmaker is considering a new 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine for the hatchback. This is the same unit that is also available in the Baleno RS. It is capable of producing 100.5bhp of maximum power and 150Nm of torque. Adding to it, Maruti could also introduce the global Swift Sport model for Indian market, which is power by a 138bhp, 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine.
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. The hybrid model is powered by a 91PS, 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, which is coupled to a 10 kW Motor Generator unit. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed AGS (AMT) gearbox. 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 – All You Need To Know
The new Swift is built on the same platform that also underpins the Baleno. This platform is built from 41% tensile steel making it stiffer, stronger and lighter by 100kgs compared to the current model. Featuring majority of the changes to the front profile, the new generation Swift looks all-new. It features a new hexagonal grille with chrome surround, newly styled projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, all-new bumper with new fog lamps and a mesh air-intakes, and sculpted bonnet.
On the contrary, the car looks like the current model from sides with minimal changes including the new diamond cut alloy wheels, new ORVMs with integrated blinkers and floating roof line. The rear door handles are now positioned on the C-pillar, similar to the one offered in Mahindra KUV100. The rear side of the hatchback also gets several changes. Design upgrades include new wrap-around tail-lamps, new roof spoiler, larger body coloured bumper, flatter lid 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.