The Maruti Suzuki Swift—one of the best hatchbacks on sale in the Indian market. It is affordable, good looking, easy to maintain and returns a good fuel economy.
So many of us know that the Swift was launched in India and has had a recent facelift and bla bla bla...But there is more than just that. Did you know that it has been in production since 1983?
Well, there are a lot more cool and interesting facts about the Swift. Here they are:
The Maruti Suzuki Swift was launched in India in May 2005 with a 1.3-litre petrol engine. In 2010, due to the new BS IV emission norms, Maruti replaced the 1.3-litre petrol engine with a 1.2-litre K-series engine.
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Later, in early 2007, Maruti introduced the Swift with a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS engine, which is still in use.
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The Maruti Suzuki Swift design is derived from the previous Suzuki Swift which was already in foreign markets.
In China and Japan, only the five-door body is available, and four-wheel drive is an option for the 1.3 and 1.5-litre petrol engines.
The first generation Swift was introduced in 2000 as a replacement for the Suzuki Cultus, which was called the Suzuki Ignis, outside Japan. Both three and five-door body styles were offered, although the three-door was not offered as part of the regular lineup in Japan.
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In 2001, General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Cruze crossover SUV based on the Swift, retaining the original car's basic dimensions and power plants. The Chevrolet Cruze commercial designation was used in Japan, while in Australia the car was sold as the Holden Cruze from 2002 to 2006.
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In October 2005, Suzuki launched the Sport version of the new Swift in Japan named Swift RS, and in September 2006 the model was introduced in most European markets named as the Swift Sport.
In India, Maruti Suzuki has launched a Special Edition of the Swift called the Windsong. This model has been designed keeping music enthusiasts as the target segment, as seen in the body graphics of the car itself.
Suzuki Swift has won more than 60 Awards including multiple Car of the Year awards.