Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview
Replacing a blockbuster vehicle is always a hard balancing job for an automaker as drastic changes don’t always go in line with the devoted fan following. And sticking to the same formula can take the shine away from an established car. So, Maruti has just got it right, the carmaker introduced the third-generation model of Swift in the country. Maruti first introduced the hatchback back in the year 2005 followed by update in 2011, facelift in 2014 and now the third generation model in 2018. The all-new car looks just tempting with all the things just placed right. The Maruti Swift undoubtedly looks stylish with better equipment level. It’s more efficient, more spacious and loaded with modern features and safety aspects. This time, company has provided a complete overhaul of the outer and inner design while the same engines will continue to do their duties.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Design
The face of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is a lot like the Dzire’s in terms of shape, but in terms of attributes, this one is a little sportier. The all-black treatment on the grille is certainly not as ostentatious as the one on the Dzire (which is chrome heavy). On the ZDi and below you don’t get the DRLs and even the headlamp design is very plain. To me that’s a bit of a miss! It should be a signature on the car and frankly if you ask me, Maruti should think about making that standard from the VDi or the VXi and upwards. The more refined headlamp defines the character of the car – and would tell you it’s brand new. Proportions are very much Swift-like.
I am very happy that Maruti has retained the red as the primary colour because when you think Swift, you really think of this red colour. The floating roof is a nice design feature and it certainly begs the question – why no contrast roof? And I’m sure that Maruti will offer that at some point maybe on the Icreate or maybe subsequently on a different variant or a model (well at least I hope so). The rear door handle has been concealed up in the C-pillar and it will take some getting used. It does make the car look distinctly different and will stand as a signature of the new Maruti Suzuki Swift. Very pronounced haunches at the back lend a certain character and also make the car look nice and wide.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Cabin
The interiors of all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift too has seen some major upgrades and everything inside the cabin is all new. There is a sense of premiumness and the use of good quality plastic is evident. The extra width on the car has resulted in a much more spacious cabin. I miss those nice pull-out cup-holders on the side of front seats from the old seats though. The top-end variants feature start-stop push button and the company has also given some sporty elements by giving a red outline to circular dials of instrument cluster with the needle also complimenting the red colour outside. The flat-bottom steering wheel is a driver’s delight and features audio and phone controls on it. The new seats provide enough back support on long drives and the second-row seating too has seen an increase in shoulder room. The car does not have rear A/C vents but the company claims that the air-conditioning system is now enhanced and offers quicker cooling.
Breaking the monotony of the all-black interiors is the glossy metallic insert on top of the instrument cluster with hints of the same being on the steering wheel. Overall the dashboard is neatly laid out and gets the same infotainment system that we have seen on other Maruti Suzuki cars like Baleno, Dzire and Vitara Brezza. The screen supports Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and Mirror Link and also gets in-built navigation.However, the touchscreen infotainment and premium interiors are available only on the top-end ZXI+ and ZDI+ variants of Maruti Suzuki Swift and the AMT variants miss out these options and the fancy exteriors completely.Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine
Maruti Suzuki has gone with its tried and tested duo of engines, the 1.2 K12 petrol and the 1.3 DDiS or Fiat-derived diesel multijet. Many of us motoring hacks are going to get hassled about this – and ask why we aren’t getting new engines. This is the 3rd Swift with the same engines! But think about it from the market and the buyers’ point of view and Maruti doesn’t need to bother! Nothing wrong with these engines. They are nice and efficient; peppy and exciting to drive. But it would still have been nice to have new engines! The petrol engine comes across as refined and well tuned, but its character is rather predictable given how well we know it from the old Swift and the Baleno, and the Ignis. I have driven the new Swift in Europe with the 1-litre boosterjet engine and I have to say that the car is an admirable performer. The engine is raring to go and I really wish that we had that as the standard engine here. Having said that the 1.2 certainly delivers the goods. It’s pretty quick, it’s nice and responsive with the manual gearbox, it gives you pretty satisfying performance and is really the pick of the pack for me when it comes to the four drivetrain iterations that we are getting.
Remember that you also get the AGS or the AMT version with the petrol and diesel engines On the petrol you get 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. We live in hope as there is an indication from Suzuki Japan that India will get the Swift Sport and also likely the petrol-electric hybrid model. So I do think that between now and 2020 Maruti will keep exciting us with much fun on the petrol Swift. Of course there could be some customisation fun too with the contrast roof and other goodies being considered in the future as well. After all the Swift has been a model that’s traditionally been the most heavily customised by Maruti buyers.
The diesel engine itself is an absolute gem. It certainly does the job, and has ample torque on it – 190 Nm and the power output is 74 bhp. All numbers are completely unchanged from the outgoing model. The diesel manual should have got the 90 bhp tune on the engine in my opinion. It would have created a superb separation between the AMT and manual too. That would also have created some fun and added to the car’s sporty appeal. That said the 74 bhp version is certainly not dull, though the AMT can be. The AMT takes some getting used to and is very convenient to have in city traffic of course. What I would have liked to see of course is Maruti offering the top end also as an option with the AMT. Another miss. The AMT is definitely a lot smoother and changes are quicker than what we have seen on Maruti’s first AGS. The drivetrain feels almost exactly like it does on the new Dzire though and again I feel Maruti should have done more to give the Swift its own character.To know more details on Maruti Suzuki Swift visit Seepennywork
Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving
The suspension has been tuned for sportier performance and comfort. The wonderful thing is that irrespective of the fast entering at corners the car shows absolutely no sign of understeer. The car exhibits excellent body control while the bump absorption is pretty much impressive, thanks to the Heartec chassis and revamped suspension.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety
The brakes of the car are on point and noticeably better than the earlier model. The car comes to halt in a straight line without any drama. And as opposed to the predecessor, the inclusion of ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as standard fitment helps the car have a better grip on the road.The safety is further leveled up by standard dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seats. Move on to the top variants and you get reverse parking camera with sensors, engine immobilizer, central locking and pinch guard power window.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in Bangalore
Maruti Suzuki Swift On Road Price is 5,98,238/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,99,000/- in Bangalore. Maruti Suzuki Swift comes in 6 colours, namely Mysterious Violet,Silky Silver,Glistering Grey,Granite Grey,Fire Red,Pearl Arctic White. Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 83 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 12.6 seconds . Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Apply car loan for Maruti Suzuki Swift at Fincarz.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Verdict
The all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift takes up the Swift brand to a whole new level. We all knew it would be better but after having driven the Swift it’s almost certain that the company has given it all to make the Swift bigger, better and probably the best car in the segment. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift has a peppy engine and is certainly the most fun car to drive that I have driven after a long time. The bookings for the Maruti Suzuki Swift have already begun and expect a huge chunk of existing Swift customers to upgrade to this new one. Expect long waiting periods on the car and more buyers opting for petrol and AMT variants.
Maruti Swift is available in four different variants such as L, V, Z and Z+ and pricing remain competitive. Taking a quick glance at the pricing details, its base trim L has been priced at Rs. 4.99 lakh while the top-spec variant is priced at Rs. 8.29 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. With more practicality, more style, and upmarket interiors, the new Swift has now become superior in many ways. And with all these qualities, it currently challenges the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo in the segment.