Maruti Suzuki has launched the new Swift with a host of updates. The prominent highlight of the 2018 Swift is the new design language with the revamped front and rear profile. The third-gen Swift also gets a new interior and several additional features and safety equipment. Overall, the new Swift model is a huge leap from the second-gen model.
So, what has changed in the new Maruti Swift, is the new Swift worth the wait? We will find out in this detailed comparison between the new Maruti Swift 2018 and the old Swift. Since its launch in India, the Swift has been the best-selling hatchback in the country. Will the new Swift replicate the same success of the old Swift? Without further ado let's find out!
The new Maruti Swift features an all-new design language which looks more matured as compared to the old Swift. The front fascia gets a dominating hexagonal grille with blacked out horizontal slots. The headlamp is new and now gets projector lights with LED DRLs. The redesigned bumper completes the new front end of the 2018 Swift.
The second-gen Swift featured the classic Swift design with swept back headlamps, two-piece grille with honeycomb mesh and chrome garnish on the fog lamp housing. The old Swift was equipped with a slightly smaller fog lamps as compared to the new Swift. Overall, the new 2018 Swift looks refreshingly new from the front end.
Coming to the side profile, the overall design remains the same with the sloping roof effect. What's new in the 2018 Swift is the floating roof design with the window frame mounted door handle. The new-gen Swift also gets new alloy wheels. The rest of the proportion remains identical to the old Swift.
The rear profile of the new Swift has received significant changes and features an all-new LED tail light cluster. The boot lid has been revamped, which is now wider, and the bumper is also new as compared to the old Swift. The number plate housing has been moved to the bumper from the boot lid.
Engine And Specifications
The new Maruti Swift draws power from the same 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. Both the engines are coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.
Unlike the second-gen Swift, the 2018 Swift gets a 5-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox for the very first time. The AMT unit is available in both the petrol and diesel engines. But the AMT gearbox is only available in ZXi, and ZDi trims.
The new Swift is based on the lighter and stronger HEARTECT platform made out of high tensile steel which also underpins the Baleno and the new Dzire. Due to the new platform, the petrol variant of the new Swift has lost 85kg, and the diesel version is lighter by 75kg. The new Swift will be an even more fun-to-drive car with the reduced kerb weight. The new Swift is also expected to return a slightly improved mileage.
The interior of the new Swift is a big improvement as compared to the second-gen Swift. It now features an all-black theme with the new flat-bottom steering wheel, redesigned centre console with new circular AC control dials and the rectangular AC vents have been replaced by the stylish circular vents which gives the interior a premium look.
Another prominent highlight of the interior of the new Swift is the addition of touchscreen infotainment system. The new Swift borrows the same 7-inch unit which is seen on the Ignis and features connectivity options such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. The interior also gets urban chrome satin finish on the instrument panel, steering wheel, door and dashboard.
The new Swift comes loaded with features; the prominent one is the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an in-built navigation system and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Other features include engine Start/Stop button, keyless entry with Smart key, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, auto headlamps and automatic climate control.
The new 2018 Swift also gets a host of safety features such as dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and IsoFix child seat mounts as standard across the range. Other safety features include reverse parking sensors and camera, speed-sensitive automatic door lock and day and night adjustable IRVM. The new HEARTECT platform will also result in improved occupant protection.
Thanks to the new HEARTECT platform the new Swift is 40mm wider, and the wheelbase has increased by 20mm. This translated to improved leg room for the passengers, and the headroom is also better than the old Swift. The boot has expanded by 58 litres and now stands at 268 litres.
The second-gen Swift was priced at Rs 4.80 lakh for the base variant and Rs 7.47 lakh for the top-spec trim. With the redesigned exterior, upmarket interior and additional features, the new Maruti Swift is priced in the range of Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 8.29 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi). In fact, it is not a big ask given the amount of updates on the new Swift.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The New Maruti Swift
The new Maruti Swift looks refreshingly new thanks to the updated front and rear profile. The car stays true to the ‘new' tag and comes with a host of improvements as compared to the Old Swift. Even though the mechanical aspects remains the same, the new Swift will offer a lot of new features as compared to the second-gen Swift.