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Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the new Swift in India. In its third-gen avatar, the 2018 Maruti Swift sports an all-new design and premium features, which makes the most desirable hatchback in the country even more appealing. The new Swift comes with several new features and changes as compared to the outgoing model.
The prominent highlight of the new Maruti Swift is the refreshingly new design language. The revamped front and rear profile render the car an all-new look. To complement the design, the 2018 Swift comes loaded with new features and safety equipment. So, are you planning to buy one? If you are, here's all you need to know about the new Swift.
The new Maruti Swift sports an all-new design which increases the premium quotient of the best-selling hatchback in the country. The large grille with black treatment dominates the front profile of the new Swift. The top-spec variant also gets new projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The bumper is aggressively designed with black strip joining the circular fog lamps.
The side profile of the new Swift now comes with floating roof design, but retains the signature Swift styling. The new design elements such as wrap around windows with window frame mounted door handle gels well with the floating roof design. The blacked out pillars renders a sporty look to the new Swift model.
The rear of the new Maruti Swift now features a revamped design with new bulged out LED tail light cluster, a redesigned tailgate and aggressive looking bumper. The badging is also new and now gets only Swift branding and Suzuki logo. Overall, from all the angles the new Swift stays true to its 'new' tag and offers a refreshingly new design.
Engine & Specifications
The 2018 Maruti Swift draws power from the existing 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 81.8bhp and 113Nm of torque, and the diesel engine is good for 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. The power output remains the same as the outgoing model.
Both the petrol and diesel engines will be offered with the 5-speed manual gearbox. For the first time, the Swift will be offered with the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). The 5-speed AMT gearbox is available in both petrol and diesel engines. The AMT gearbox will be an added advantage to the already popular new Swift.
The new Maruti Swift is based on the new lighter and stronger HEARTECT platform made out of high tensile steel. Due to the new frame, the Swift is now lighter by around 90kg which translates into improved fuel economy and peppier handling.
The 2018 Maruti Swift features an all-black interior in line with the new Dzire. But the new Swift gets few new elements which makes the interior more premium. The dashboard layout is clutter free and simple with a neatly laid out centre console. The all-black theme is complemented by urban chrome satin finish on the instrument panel, steering wheel, door and dashboard.
The interior of the new Swift model sports a new flat-bottom steering wheel, circular AC vents as opposed to the rectangular ones seen in the outgoing model and circular dials for climate control. Another new addition to the new Swift is the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system borrowed from the Ignis. The seats and the upholsteries are also upmarket and give a premium look to the car.
The 2018 Swift has a spacious cabin thanks to the new HEARTECT platform. The third-generation Swift is wider by 40mm, and the wheelbase has increased by 20mm. The passenger comfort has improved due to the increased legroom and headroom. Adding to the practicality, the boot of the new Swift has expanded by a good 58 litres, and the total space stands at 265 litres.
The new Maruti Swift comes loaded with a host of features such as 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirorLink, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, auto headlamps, engine Start/Stop button with smart key and remote keyless entry.
The safety features of the new 2018 Swift include dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and IsoFix child seat mounts as standard across the range. The top-spec variants get reverse parking sensors and camera, speed-sensitive automatic door lock and day and night adjustable IRVM. The new Swift also complies with the Pedestrian protection. The new platform will also improve the occupant protection.
The trim levels of the new Maruti Swift remain identical to the previous model. The petrol variant of the hatchback will be offered in LXi, VXi, VXi AMT, ZXi, ZXi AMT and ZXi+ trims. The diesel variant is available in LDi, VDi, VDi AMT, ZDi, ZDi AMT and ZDi+ trims. But the tops-spec ZXi+ and ZDi+ miss out on AMT gearbox. The new Swift will be offered in six colours: Solid Fire Red, Pearl Arctic White, Metallic Silky Silver, Magma Grey, Midnight Blue and Prime Lucent Orange.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the new Swift at the Auto Expo 2018 in India with a starting price of Rs 4.99 lakh. The top-of-the-range variant is priced at Rs 8.29 lakh for the top-spec trim. All prices are ex-showroom. With the new design and additional feature, the bump in the price tag is acceptable given the popularity of the hatchback.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The New Maruti Swift
The new Maruti Swift in its third-generation, is an all-new model with a completely new design language. Maruti has hit the sweet spot when it comes to looks and features on the new Swift. The car is more appealing than the outgoing model due to the new front and rear profile. At the same time, it retains the original Swift silhouette. The only mystery is the price, and we will get to know it when the new Maruti Swift is launched at the Auto Expo 2018.