All-new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift to be lighter by 120kg than current model at just 840 Kg, claimed to offer exciting driving performance with high fuel economy
The Swift compact hatchback plays an integral role in the industry dominance of Maruti Suzuki ever since it was launched in 2005. It is part of the Indo-Japanese company’s four constant best-sellers alongside the Alto, WagonR and the Swift Dzire sub-4m sibling. The popular Swift hatchback had underwent several upgrades through its over a decade of running on Indian roads.
Within two years of its initial launch, Maruti Suzuki introduced a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine sourced from Fiat and to comply with the BSIV emission regulations, the 1.3-litre petrol motor was replaced with a smaller 1.2 K Series engine in 2010. Both these engines will likely be carried over to the new generation model.
In April 2011, an all-new generation based on the global model came into the fore with longer frame, new headlights and stretched taillights accompanied by refreshed interiors and features. Even after 11 years, the Swift is still the master of the compact hatchback segment as 1,95,043 units were retailed in FY2016 in comparison to 2,10,338 examples in the previous Financial Year.
To sustain its dominance in the segment, an brand new model will arrive at Indian shores sometime in 2018 and we have already had the glimpses of how it will look like courtesy of the four-generation global-spec model that was launched in Japan several months earlier. It has now been spotted during an ad shoot in Lonavala. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift from Indian buyer’s perspective:
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift India Launch
|2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift India Launch||February 2018|
The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Swift was launched in Japan towards the end of 2016 and it made its European debut at Geneva Motor Show back in March 2017. It will be launched in February and introduce itself to the public at Delhi Auto Expo but before that the official debut is scheduled for January 3rd week.
Based on the fourth generation global model, India could be one of the first countries to receive the new car after Europe. Maruti’s Gujarat manufacturing facility is more likely to export new Swift hatchback to several Asian and European nations as well as producing it for domestic market.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift India Price
|New 2018 Maruti Swift Price||Expected Ex-showroom Price|
|Base Petrol||Rs. 5.10 Lakh|
|Top Petrol||Rs. 7.30 Lakh|
|Base Diesel||Rs. 6.90 Lakh|
|Top Diesel||Rs. 8.10 Lakh|
The new Swift is more likely to be priced between Rs. 5 lakh for the base model and it goes all the way up to Rs. 8 lakh for the range-topping diesel variant (ex-showroom). Maruti Suzuki could face challenges in pricing it less premium than the Baleno as the latter has emerged as NEXA’s top-seller with brilliant numbers since its launch and neither need to face the cannibalisation. In Japan, it is sold in six variants namely Hybrid RS, RSt, RS, Hybrid ML, XL and XG.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine, Performance and Mileage
|Engine||1.2-litre K Series Petrol / 1.3-litre DDiS Diesel|
|Power||83 bhp at 6,000 rpm / 74 bhp at 4,000 rpm|
|Torque||115 Nm at 4,000 rpm / 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm|
|Transmission||Five-Speed Manual / AMT|
The 2018 Swift is more likely to get a 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine alongside the existing mills in the later stages of its lifespan. It’s expected to have the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine initially and the powerful 1.5-litre diesel developed in-house could come in the due course.
Although, some claims say the 1.2-litre K-Series engine will get an upgrade, we think it will retain the existing power and torque figures. The DOHC engine with Multipoint injection will make 83 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The 1.3-litre turbo-diesel DDiS engine will continue to churn out 74 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm.
Both engines will be coupled with a five-speed manual transmission and an AMT version on the diesel is expected to come first. Made available in three powertrain options for Japan, the new-gen Suzuki Swift gets a base 1.2-litre four-cylinder dualjet petrol engine that makes 67 PS and 118 Nm of torque.
When paired with an optional mild-hybrid SHVS system, the same motor makes 3.1 PS and 50 Nm more courtesy of a WA05A electric motor. On the other hand, the 1.0-litre three-cylinder Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine, coupled with a six-speed auto, produces 102 PS and 150 Nm. The regular 1.2 petrol has five-speed manual as standard with an optional CVT while the 1.2 SHVS only can be had with the latter automatic.
The Swift SHVS relies on IGS (Integrated Starter Generator) to assist engine during acceleration as in the Baleno SHVS. It generates electricity via regenerative braking and an LCD screen on the inside will display the charge percentage of the lithium-ion battery.
The forthcoming Suzuki Sport for global markets could be introduced in India as well with lowered stance and aggressive exterior. While the 1.4L Boosterjet is said to be the power source elsewhere, we expect it to come with the 1.0L Boosterjet that can be found under the engine bay of Baleno RS making close to 110 hp.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Mileage
|2018 Maruti Swift Mileage||21 kmpl for petrol and 26 kmpl for diesel|
The existing 1.2-litre petrol engine is expected to have claimed mileage of over 21 kmpl while the 1.3-litre diesel could offer over 26 kmpl courtesy of the new platform and efficient mechanical treatment.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior and Features
The changes are not restricted to the exterior as inside the cabin the new-gen Swift features a new multi-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with mounted controls, large two-pod instrument binnacle with multi-info display wedged in the centre, redesign dashboard and instrument panel, revised HVAC controls, upgraded AC system, improved switches and knobs with premium quality plastic materials, contrasting fabric stitches on the door trims and dashboard, etc.
Besides new central tunnel, gearshift lever and centre console, the new Swift comes with dashboard integrated touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity, voice recognition, automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink compatibility identical to SmartPlay system found in the Baleno and Vitara Brezza.
It will likely get reverse parking camera, powered ORVMs and other desirable convenience features. Dual airbags will be offered as standard across all variants for improved safety quotient and the cabin space will be slightly increased as well due to the Swift being based on the Baleno’s platform which also makes it 15 percent lighter than the premium hatchback.
|Fuel Tank Capacity||42 litres|
|Kerb Weight||840 kg|
The global version of Swift measures 3,840 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, 1,525 mm in height and features a wheelbase of 2,450 mm. Compared to the India-spec current model, it is 10 mm smaller, 5 mm shorter and has 20 mm more wheelbase.
The bootspace capacity stands at 205 litres and fuel tank that can load up to 42 litres should remain the same as the outgoing model. The platform the new Swift is built on is 15 percent lighter than Baleno that weighs 890 kilograms and 10 percent more rigid.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior
The exterior design is an evolution from the current car as the overall shape will let you instantly recognise the ‘Swift’ stature. With that DNA, there are several new bits like floating roofline just as seen on the Vitara Brezza compact SUV but more sportier to suit the hatchback style.
The front honeycomb pattern grille has been extensively revised and now receives hexagonal treatment to spur up an aggressive face. The projector headlamps are now sharper and swept-back than before with a new design and houses L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights.
The air intake has become larger in size while the fog lamps occupy more area than it presently does. The C-shaped recesses connect each other giving shelter to the round-shaped fog lamps while forming air-curtain around the front wheels for undisturbed air flow benefitting aerodynamics.
At the rear, the sporty silhouette stays intact but just ahead, the C-pillar has been darkened with wraparound tail lamps and there are substantial creases. The hidden door handles resemble the ones found on the Chevrolet Beat and Mahindra KUV100 as they are moved up to allow for a funky appearance.
The evolutionary design is predicted to be an instant hit among customers with beefy body-coloured rear bumper, lip spoiler integrated into the boot lid, new LED tail lamps and push-though exhausts.
Other important styling bits are sloping roofline, bolder shoulder line, sculpted front bumper, sharper bonnet shape and protruding nose section, wraparound windscreen, turn indicators on wing mirrors, newly designed diamond cut alloy wheels, S logo moved to the top of the grille and blackened A and B pillars.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Key Rivals
The main competitor for the third-gen Maruti Suzuki Swift in India is the Grand i10 from Hyundai which in itself has received a facelift in the beginning of 2017. Other rivals are Honda Brio, Mahindra KUV100 and the slightly upmarket Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo.