New-gen Maruti Swift India launch early next year
The Swift is undoubtedly the most popular hatchback in the Indian market. Currently in its second-generation in the Indian market, the Swift will soon get a comprehensive update. The new-generation iteration has already been revealed in the Japanese and European markets. It is no expected to mark its Indian launch in early 2018, preferably at the next year’s auto expo in Greater Noida.
The Swift was first launched in India back in the year 2005. Ever since its introduction in the country, the Swift has managed to lead the B-segment of hatchbacks by a huge margin. The secong-gen model for India was launched in 2011, and is thus already 6 years old. This ageing product has started to diminish in terms of sales numbers. However, Maruti Suzuki already has a trump card on their hand – the upcoming 2018 Maruti Swift.
The new Swift is built on the HEARTECT platform. This is the same platform that underpins the Baleno hatchback and the latest Dzire compact sedan. Since the HEARTECT platform uses high amounts of light weight high strength elements in its construction, we expect the new Swift to be sufficiently light in weight, especially in comparison the current model.
No mechanical changes are expected in the powertrain department. As a result, we will continue to see the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines in the new-gen Swift specification sheet. In addition to the 5-speed MT gearbox that will come as standard, Maruti is also expected to introduce AMT units in both petrol and diesel models, similar to what it has done with the new Dzire.
2017 Maruti Swift India Launch Date (Expected)
The 2017 Swift will be introduced for the very first time on 27th December, 2016. We expect the new model to reach us early next year.
2017 Maruti 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 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.