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Latest on Maruti Suzuki Swift: 13 June, 2015
The Swift hatchback from Maruti Suzuki has been one of the topseller for the carmaker in India. the fine balance between performance, reliability and efficiency has helped the vehicle feature among the list of most preferred hatchbacks in the country. Recently, the company has showcased the hybrid variant rechristened as Swift Range Extender at the FAME Eco Drive event held on 5th June to mark World Environment Day. Maruti Suzuki Swift Range Extender This time around the Maruti Suzuki Range Extender hybrid has been spotted undergoing road test in the country thereby hinting that the vehicle may be launched as scheduled in 2017. Under the hood, the vehicle shall be powered by 658cc 3-Cylinder petrol engine in combination with a 55kW electric motor that would be powered by 5 kWh lithium ion battery.
Maruti Suzuki Swift, a Hatchback has 9 versions available in India. Maruti Suzuki Swift has 5 Petrol cars and 4 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Maruti Suzuki Swift are Honda Brio, Chevrolet Beat and Hyundai i10. Maruti Suzuki Swift comes in 6 colours, namely, Fire Red, Glistening Grey Metallic, Granite Grey, Metallic Silky Silver, Mysterious Violet, Pearl Metallic Arctic White.
Ever since its launch in 2005, the Swift has always been among the best-selling Maruti Suzuki cars in India. Though the vehicle has received a few facelifts in its 10 years journey, the most latest one was in 2014. Along with receiving minor cosmetic changes both inside and out, the updated Swift also got some new features. Moreover, the company tuned its engines for better fuel efficiency.
The new model, resembles more like its predecessor, is now available in three new shades - Grey, Violet and Red. It also gets new seat fabrics, rear parking sensors, remote locking, ABS and various other features. The 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre Multijet diesel power-units are tweaked for delivering segment-leading fuel economy. However, the handling, drivability and ride quality remain same.
Further to this, read Maruti Suzuki Swift Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Maruti Suzuki Swift are priced differently. The Diesel trims are priced between Rs. 6,07,272/- to Rs. 7,55,139/-. The Petrol trims of Maruti Suzuki Swift start at Rs. 4,82,707/-.
The updated model sports a new front bumper, integrated side turn indicators on the electrically foldable ORVMs, larger air dam, the bezel fog lamps surround with silver finish and a new honeycomb front grille. The top variant get new alloy wheels design, while the lower trims feature new wheel caps. Maruti introduced the Swift in three new exterior paint options - Violet, Red and Grey.
The car gets several new features such as front power windows, remote locking, engine start-stop button, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, new seat fabrics, foldable rear seat with 60:40 spilt ratio, rear adjustable headrests and Anti-lock braking system (ABS). Some of the aforementioned features are available only on the mid and top-end variants.
The new Swift continues to be powered by a 1.2-lite K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre Multijet engines, which are tweaked for delivering improved fuel efficiency (up-to 10%). The power of petrol motor has been slightly reduced to 83.1bhp from 85.8bhp. Returning an impressive 20.4kmpl, the updated Swift is not just one of the most fuel efficient Maruti Suzuki cars in India, it also is the most fuel-efficient petrol car in its league. Whereas, the diesel engine of the car offers a mileage of 25.2kmpl.
Performance and Handling
Engine performance is marginally improved, while overall handling, ride quality and drivability remain same. Unlike the petrol engine, its diesel version isn’t the best for city driving, due to significant turbo lag, but runs smoothly on open roads. NVH levels are acceptable.
The front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes perform well. The sudden braking situations are fairly handled by ABS, which is offered with the top-variant only.
The 1248 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 23 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 18 kmpl on urban roads and 20 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
The car gets remote lock/ arming, doors, bonnet and trunk protection, personal protection alarm, auto rearm, flashing LED, car locator, valet mode, emergency disarm, active/ passive arming mode, radio frequency lock out and various other features as standard. While, the top-end trim get ABS, driver lock mode, water proof remote, room lamp illumination, impact sensor adjustable, shock sensor, key sense and personalized pin code.
Maruti Suzuki has done well with the exterior styling and interior of the new Swift. The engines are also tuned for better fuel efficiency, which makes it one of the fuel efficient Maruti Suzuki cars in India. However, the 1.2-litre petrol unit is now slightly less powerful. There’s nothing new about its handling and performance.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Hyundai Elite i20
The Hyundai i20 and Maruti Swift has been rivals from always, and both of them received updates recently. While the Maruti Suzuki’s hatchback received a mid-life facelift, the i20 entered its new-generation with the Elite i20. The new i20 design looks more striking and sportier than that of the Swift. The interior quality, packaging and comfort of the i20 are far better; however, both the cars are equally practical from inside. The new Swift is one of the most frugal and fun to drive Maruti Suzuki car models. When it comes to ride quality, handling, drivability and pricing, the updated Swift proves to be an affordable deal.
Better engine performance
Rear seat’s legroom
Noisy diesel engine
No automatic gearbox
BBC Top Gear Magazine, Small Car of the Year, 2012
Design of the Year 2006 - Top Gear, BBC
UTV Bloomsberg Autocar Awards, 2012, Car of the Year / Compact Car of the Year
NDTV Profit Car India Automobile of the Year - NDTV Profit Car and Bike Awards
Business Standard Motoring, Car of the Year 2012
iCOTY Indian Car of the Year, 2006 & 2012
Best Value for Money Car 2006 - CNBC TV-18 and more.
Note: Specifications for Swift ZDI (Diesel) have been mentioned
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