Maruti Suzuki's position as the world leader in manufacturing compact cars is well known. With this popularity and expertise, Maruti Suzuki, the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese automobile major, launched its Swift hatchback in early 2005 and it became a prominent player in the premium hatchback segment. The Swift just shattered all the records and emerged as one of the best selling hatchbacks in the Indian automotive scene.
However, the design and style of the Swift was very much contemporary even after five plus years of its stay in the Indian automotive scene. But the car had to compete head and tow with the new contenders in the market with much better styling, handling and loads of new features. It was time for the Maruti Suzuki to bring in a Swift into the market. The engineers, however, did not want to sacrifice the peppiness the old Swift packed and they soon came out with the Swift.
The 6th generation Swift was first launched in Hungary and other European countries before it made inroads to India. This Swift is longer, wider and bigger than the old Swift. Design wise, the Swift looks very similar to the old Swift and you might not notice the difference unless you carefully watch it.
The Swift is a great example for the commixture of Japanese technology and European styling, which has resulted in an innovative, sporty and elegant design. The Swift is BS IV compliant and is available in six variants such as LXI, VXI, ZXI (Petrol), LDI, VDI and ZDI (diesel). The choice of colours in which the Maruti Suzuki Swift comes in is Blazing Red, Glistening Grey, Torque Blue, Silky Silver, Arctic White and Midnight Black.
Competitive pricing, a sporty engine and unique design have made it a very tempting option in the compact/hatchback segment. Swift has a good number of competitors namely Chevrolet Beat, Hyundai i10, i20, Ford Figo, Toyota Etios Liva, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto, Nissan Micra to name a few.
Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variants of Swift is powered by a 1.2L K-Series engine with VVT technology pumps out a power of 85 bhp while churning out a torque of 114 Nm, while the diesel car is powered by a 1.3L DDiS engine which pumps out a power of 74 bhp and a torque of 190 Nm. Both the engines are coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The improved fuel efficiency of the petrol engine now stands at 18.6 kmpl, about 4 percent increase in fuel efficiency than the outgoing Swift. The diesel engine powered Swift also now boasts of an impressive fuel efficiency of 22.9 kmpl, about 6 percent more than the outgoing model. The fuel efficiency can also be attributed to the reduction in the weight of the Swift. While the petrol Swift is lighter by 30 kg when compared to the older version, the diesel Swift is lighter by 15 kg.
For suspension, the Swift has McPherson struts for the front and Torsion beam for the rear, which ensures that the best of the ride quality. It also has ventilated disc brakes for the front and drum brakes for the rear. With 4.8 m turning radius, the Swift has rack and pinion steering as standard on all the variants.
The best looking car just got better with the Swift. The Swift though resembles the older Swift to the "T"; the new car is very different from the old model. Maruti Suzuki India, with the Swift has just completed where it had left pending with the old model.
The Swift is based on an all-new platform that is longer and larger than the older platform making the car look long and big simultaneously. The Swift is 90 mm longer than the outgoing model. The Swift flaunts a new grille and flared out headlamps. The new visible feature is the turn indicators that are neatly placed on the outer rear-view mirrors. The major difference is in the rear section where the boot is now more pronounced which differentiates the Swift from the Old. The tail lamps, like the headlamps are more fared backwards.
The Swift's interiors are very contemporary with rich black interiors with chrome accents. The ergonomics are improved and new waterfall centre console imparts the stylish and trendy feel. Even the upholstery is far superior to the outgoing model. The body hugging seats are epitome of comfort. The rear split seats is however missing from the Swift.
The Maruti Suzuki LXI/LDI features parcel tray, lane change indicator, fuel consumption display, tilt steering, low fuel warning lamp, head light on reminder, key in slot reminder, seat belt unfastened reminder, power steering, manual AC, Immobiliser and body coloured bumpers.
Adding on to the above features, the VXI/VDI features, electric ORVMS with Indicators, keyless entry with security alarm, chrome door cabin side handles, power windows all around, central locking, fog lamps both at front and rear, body colored ORVMs, body colored door handles, wheel caps, day night in-cabin mirror.
Adding on to the above features, the ZXI/ZDI features, height-adjustable driver seat, integrated turn indicators on ORVMs, rear wiper washer and defogger, steering wheel controls, integrated audio system, auto AC, 15-inch alloys, six speaker audio with 4-speakers and two tweeters.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift is big on safety and it shows. Dual Airbags and ABS-EBD are the main safety features, which will be available on both the petrol and diesel engined top-end models. The Swift also comes with a six layer polymer based fuel tank, which is lighter than the metal fuel tank of the older version.