The next generation Maruti Suzuki Swift has been spotted testing once again in Europe. It is expected to make public appearance at the 2016 Paris Motor Show scheduled for October. The upcoming Swift compact hatchback created huge buzz when the patented images were leaked online in March.
India will be one of the first markets to receive the Swift considering the enormous popularity of the model over the years. Possibilities of the new Swift entering the domestic market in 2017 is very high as it is still the dominant member in its segment – 1,95,043 units were sold in FY2016 as against 2,10,338 examples in the previous Fiscal.
The 2017 Swift is based on a lighter and rigid platform introduced in the Baleno. The exterior design is an evolution from the current car as it carries the Swift DNA as you can see from the overall shape of the test mule. It has floating roofline as well to enhance the sportiness.
The front fascia has endured substantial revisions as it receives a hexagonal grille and the headlamps have been treated with a new design sheltering LED Daytime Running Lights. The air inlets are larger than the existing models with a bigger fog lamp unit emphasising the aggressive stance.
The hidden door handles are identical to the ones found in the Chevrolet Beat accentuating the funky appeal and the new-gen hatchback has sharper creases as seen on the leaked images. It is more likely to come with push-through exhausts and black bumpers as well.
On the inside, the cabin is expected to feature a three-spoke sporty multifunctional steering wheel with mounted controls, digital displays for automatic climate control system, a touchscreen SmartPlay entertainment system, circular AC vents, redesigned buttons and dials, revised dashboard and so on.
Dual airbags are speculated to be offered as standard across all variants for improved safety quotient and compared to the current model the cabin space could be increased as well. The 2017 Swift will more likely get a 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine alongside the existing motors. It could be powered by the currently-serving 1.3-litre DDiS Fiat-sourced diesel engine with the 1.2-litre K-Series engine retained bearing the existing power and torque figures.