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India's leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki has finally revealed the new Swift and also commenced bookings for the new hatchback. The company has also updated the website, and we have already reported about all the details of the 2018 Swift. The new third-gen Swift will be launched in the Indian market at Auto Expo 2018.
The new Swift has created a lot of buzz in the country and said to be one of the biggest launches of 2018. The new Swift gets an all-new design, which is a huge leap from the outgoing model. So what's new in the 2018 Swift? Here are the top 5 features of the third-generation Swift.
New HEARTECT Platform
The new Maruti Swift is based on the company's new HEARTECT platform made out of high tensile steel. The new platform is lighter and stronger. Benefitting from the new chassis, the 2018 Swift has shed weight by a good 90 kg. It translates to improved mileage and handling as compared to the second-gen Swift.
The new HEARTECT platform is claimed to offer the new Swift an enhanced rigidity, improved strength and better NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels. The same platform also underpins the Baleno and the new Dzire.
The new Swift sports a spacious cabin, another advantage of the new HEARTECT platform. Yes, the third-gen Swift is 40mm wider, and the wheelbase has increased by 20mm. The cabin is also more comfortable now, thanks to the 24mm more headroom. Another improvement comes in the form of increased boot space. At 265 litres, the boot has expanded by a good 58 litres as opposed to the outgoing model.
The new 2018 Maruti Swift now comes with AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) in both the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel variant. Identical to the manual gearbox, the AMT units come with a 5-speed gearbox. The AMT will be an added advantage to the new Swift, especially in urban conditions. But the downside is that the AMT will be offered in the mid-spec trim and not available in the top-spec Z+ trim.
Projector Headlamps With LED DRLs
The new Maruti Swift features a more upmarket styling and design and now comes with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights. Offered only in the top-spec variants, the new projector headlamps give the hatchback a new look, and the sleek U-shaped LED DRLs enhance the premium quotient of the car.
The new third-gen Swift sports an all-new black theme interior with redesigned centre console. The prominent highlight is the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. The rectangular AC vents are replaced with more stylish circular ones.
Overall, the interior is now more upmarket and premium with the sporty flat-bottom steering wheel. The interior also features urban chrome satin finish on the instrument panel, steering wheel, door and dashboard. Other features include engine Start/Stop button, reverse parking camera and automatic climate control on the top-spec variants.
Advanced Safety Features
The new Swift also offers a host of advanced safety features. The new third-gen Swift comes with dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat mounts as standard across the range. Apart from that, the new Swift complies with the frontal offset and side impact regulations. The platform is made out of high tensile steel, which is stronger and will improve the occupant protection.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The New Maruti Swift
The new Maruti Swift receives significant changes in terms of design, styling and features. The 2018 Swift gets a completely new look while retaining the signature Swift styling. The third-gen Swift now comes packed with features and safety equipment, which makes it a solid package for its price. Maruti Suzuki will reveal the price of the new Swift when the car is launched at the Auto Expo 2018.