New-gen Swift could get the BoosterJet turbo treatment in India upon arrival next year appealing to performance enthusiasts
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) will launch the Fronx compact SUV coupe later this month in the domestic market and it will be followed by the Jimny lifestyle off-roader SUV. The brand is widely reported to be working on a C-segment MPV based on the Toyota Innova Hycross, new-gen Swift and Dzire, seven-seater Grand Vitara, an electric SUV based on the eVX concept, etc.
The Fronx will be powered by the returning 1.0L three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing around 100 PS maximum power and 148 Nm of peak torque. The BoosterJet engine was previously offered in the Baleno RS years ago. It is currently assembled locally and thus will likely make its way to other Maruti Suzuki models including the upcoming ones.
The Swift and Dzire drive good volume sales for the largest car producer in the country every month. Thus, in their next iteration, Maruti Suzuki could offer an expansive range with more performance versions courtesy of the BoosterJet engine. The duo will go on sale next year as the new-gen Swift could make its global debut later this year in Japan or in early 2024.
Following its world premiere, India is expected to be one of the first markets to get the new compact hatchback and it could be followed by the arrival of the all-new Dzire. Speculations indicate that both models could be equipped with a regular 1.2L NA petrol engine and a new 1.2L strong hybrid petrol engine enabling a claimed fuel efficiency in the 35-40 kmpl range.
Enthusiasts have been craving the arrival of the Swift Sport variant for long but it is highly unlikely due to cost reasons. Instead, the Indo-Japanese manufacturer could bring in an RS version of the Swift to appeal for them, powered by the 1.0L BoosterJet engine in select variants. But it’s too early to judge at the moment.
Since the three-pot unit is localised, we can expect the Baleno RS to be back in the near future as well considering that its main rivals Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz already offer top-of-the-line turbo variants.