Suzuki Swift Hybrid launched in two variants and can do limited running on full electric mode during low load conditions
With the anticipation of the Maruti Swift’s arrival in India has been increasing since its global debut, Suzuki is making sure that it covered most of the grounds elsewhere before entering the biggest country in terms of demand for the hatchback. As the new Dzire is making good progress, Maruti seems to play the waiting game as the Swift is expected to launch only next year.
In the middle of things, Suzuki’s Japanese division has revealed the hybrid version of the new generation Swift hatchback in two variants. The Swift Hybrid SG and Swift Hybrid SL come priced between 1,660,000 yen (Rs. 9.48 lakh) and 1,944,000 yen (Rs. 11.10 lakh) and they have their unique differences to justify the price range. They are different from the mild hybrid ML and RS versions.
In the new hybrid Swift, the 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is connected to a 10 kW MGU (Motor Generator Unit). Only available in two-wheel-drive configuration, the motor generator works to propel the Swift only in electric mode when the load conditions favour for a short period of time. The drive is sent to the wheels through a five-speed AGS system which helps achieving a claimed mileage of around 32 kmpl in JC08 cycle.
In Japan, 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. Except for the powertrain, there are no other mechanical changes made on the Swift Hybrid compared to the regular variant. Suzuki has added blue accents on the AGS knob, dedicated power distribution graphic and Dual Camera Brake support along with the Hybrid badge on the new fuel-efficient model.