2017 Maruti Swift Cross could convert the regular hatchback into a utility variant with increased ground clearance and bootspace
A recent trend in the Indian market does focus on buyers’ interest towards purchasing compact hatchback derived crossovers that inject an extra bit of practicality, utilitarian status and enthusiasm into the vehicle for long distance travels. Currently, the compact crossover space has the Hyundai i20 Active leading the way ahead of Toyota Etios Cross and Volkswagen Cross Polo.
Tata Motors seemingly pondering on an Aktiv crossover variant of the Tiago as well. These worthy contenders may face a new challenger in the likes of an all-new Swift Cross which has been rendered by X-Tomi. The popularity of the Swift nameplate in the country could make its crossover version an instant hit but inevitably its pricing holds the key for success.
In the rendered image, X-Tomi has applied the necessary traits a cross must have like increased ground clearance, silver garnish on bumper, a practical roof rail, plastic body cladding, etc. The highly anticipated 2017 Swift hatchback is expected to enter the Indian market following its compact sedan cousin, the Dzire by this year’s festive season.
The new Swift is already tipped to give rise to the arrival of a Sport version for the first time and a possible crossover addition will expand the range further. The cross could necessarily retain the same engine lineup as its hatchback sibling with option between a five-speed manual and AMT transmissions.
The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Swift will be in its third-generation in India and is expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre K-series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel motors continuing the existing power and torque outputs respectively. A traditional five-speed manual and an diesel AGS from Swift Dzire are likely to do the drivetrain duties.
For Japan though, where it had recently debuted, the Swift will get either a regular 1.2-litre, mild-hybrid 1.2-litre with CVT or a 1.0L turbo-three Boosterjet, to be featured on the India-spec Baleno RS, as engine option.
Source: X-Tomi Design