New-Gen Maruti Suzuki Swift to launch in India at 2018 Auto Expo
The most loved hatchback of India – Maruti Suzuki Swift, will get a new lease of life at the 2018 Auto Expo when the country’s largest carmaker, Maruti will introduce the third-generation model under the Swift nameplate. While earlier speculations had suggested various different launch dates for the new Swift in India, it has now been confirmed that the new-gen model will make its Indian debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in Greater Noida.
The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will be built on Suzuki’s fifth-generation HEARTECT platform. It will thus be lighter as well as safer than the current model. Additionally, Maruti Suzuki has claimed to have made some serious updates to the car’s suspension. These updates are expected to improve the car’s handling characteristics and thus add a pinch of sportiness to its dynamics.
The new Swift will come with some comprehensive design changes on the inside as well as outside. The overall design will be sleeker and more fluid than the current model. It will have new headlamps, bumper and grille, with the front bonnet opening slightly higher than the current model. The alloy wheels will also be all new units, while the A, B and C pillars will be finished in black to give the car a sloping roof effect. The rear door handle will be integrated to the c-pillar, similar to what was seen in the Chevy Beat and is also found on the Mahindra KUV100.
The interiors will feature an all-black dashboard. The overall cabin layout will be similar to what is seen on the new-gen Dzire that was recently launched in India. The wooden accents will be replaced by silver detailing, while the black and beige treatment of the dashboard will be ditched for a more sporty all black look.
No mechanical changes are expected to be made on the new-gen Swift in terms of engine options. As a result, it will continue to house the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel powerplants. 5-speed manual and AMT gearboxes will be offered with both these engines.
New Maruti Swift Suzuki 2017 Launch Date (Expected)060
There is no official announcement from Maruti about the new Swift 2017 launch date, but sources reveal that it will be in the first quarter of 2018.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift Expected Price in India
The India-spec Swift 2017 is expected to be much higher than the current one as it comes loaded with new features, up-market cabin and an all-new design. It is being predicted that the new model will be offered in the price range of Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 8.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dimensions
The new model measures 3840 mm × 1695 mm × 1500 mm and is shorter by 10 mm and taller by 30 mm as compared to the current one. The new model gets a fuel tank of 37-L capacity. The wheelbase has been extended by 20 mm and is now 2450 mm. The ground clearance of the Japanese-spec model is 120 mm, while the India-spec model offers 170 mm.
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2017 Maruti Swift Interior and Exterior Design
The cabin looks fresh and premium with comprehensive changes like a touchscreen SmartPlay entertainment system, keyless entry, 3-spoke steering wheel with audio and telephone controls mounted on it, automatic climate control with integrated digital display, new HVAC controls with round vents placed at the centre and a two-pod instrument cluster with a large MID in the centre.
The Japanese-spec model is more promising and high in terms of safety and security. It is equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), seven airbags, reverse parking camera and sensors, hill hold assist and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme).
The exterior on the other hand boast of new LED headlamps, large hexagonal grille, all-new wraparound tail-lights, rear wiper and washer, halogen foglamps, rear fog lamp and a floating roofline. The rear door handles will find its place on the C-Pillar just like the Chevrolet Beat and Mahindra KUV100. The 2017 model has been fabricated on Baleno’s lightweight platform and is made of 41% tensile steel, thus making the new Swift lighter and more robust than the current model. The aluminum-mix platform can cut down the weight up to 100 kg, thereby making the chassis stiffer and offer better crash protection.
2017 Maruti Swift Technical Specs
The 2017 Japanese-spec model is expected in 3 engine options namely- a1.2-L petrol, a 1.0-L Boosterjet and a 1.2-L + SHVS. The petrol engine delivers power of 89.7 bhp at 6000 rpm and torque of 118 Nm at 4400 rpm and is paired with a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic transmission. The 3-cylinder 1.0-L Boosterjet DOHC engine produces power of 100.6 bhp at 5500 rpm and torque of 150 Nm in the range of 1700- 4500 rpm and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to the front wheels. The hybrid model gets SHVC mild hybrid system and is equipped with an ISG 2.3 KW motor.
While the India-spec 2017 Maruti Swift will probably continue with the current line-up but the engine might be tweaked for improved fuel efficiency and better power figures. The K-series 1.2-L engine powers the current Swift model and delivers power figure of 83 bhp and maximum torque of 190 Nm. The engine comes paired with a CVT automatic and a 5-speed manual gearbox.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift Mileage
The tweaked engines and lightweight body-built will enable the new Swift to be more fuel efficient as compared to the current model. We expect the new hatch to deliver a mileage figure of over 27 kmpl for the diesel trim and around 21 kmpl for the petrol trim.
2017 Maruti Swift Braking and Suspension
The braking duties are performed by disc brakes at the front as well as rear. Talking about the suspension, the front receives McPherson struts with coil spring, while a Torsion beam setup with coil spring takes care of the rear.