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Hits and misses from the all new Swift | CarHunt

Jan 22, 2018

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1. This is the 4th generation of Swift. Yes, the 1st gen model was never launched in India! The 2nd gen Swift hit Indian roads on May 2005 with 1.3 litre petrol. The car gained 1.2 litre K12 petrol engine later in its life cycle.

2. Current engines on sale have done duty on all previous 3 gen models. Automatic Transmission in form of AMT is welcome. New Swift will have AT on two trims excluding base and top trims. Like Ignis, the AT might be available on the topmost trim in future

3. One more variant added taking total to 4 trims from usual 3. This results into VXi/VDi trims witnessing reduced features like split rear seats, fog lights, adjustable rear headrests, electrically foldable mirrors.

4. Dual front airbags, ABS coupled with EBD (Electric Brake-force Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist) and ISOFIX child seat anchors on rear seats are standard across the range, a big step forward for Maruti.

5. Swift shares its platform with Baleno, Ignis and Dzire. High volumes means we can expect service and spares to be available for a long time at reasonable rates, something Maruti is established king for.

6. Each and every subsequent generation is making the car more mainstream. First gen India model was a driver’s machine, next gen a bit less so and the current one following similar suit as it’s not as eager to be flicked from corner to corner. High speed stability remains unaffected.

7. Even with a longer wheelbase (2450 mm from 2430 mm of predecessor) and increased width up by 40 mm to 1735 mm resulting into good interior space, overall length is reduced by 10 mm to 3840 mm so is the height down 30 mm to 1500mm. Boot space while increased to 268 litres from 204 litres, fuel tank is now only 37 litres from 42 litres for outgoing generation. Ground clearance is now 163 mm. Turning radius remains the same at a tight 4.9 meters.

8. Low dashboard cowl results into better frontal visibility, a welcome move. However, rear door handle is now mounted high on what should be rear quarter glass which results into reduced glass area for rear passengers.

9. This time around, Maruti has opted for differentiating factor between Swift and Dzire by keeping different interiors.  

10. Swift Sport with 1.4 litre Boosterjet engine may make it to India. Enthusiasts might be impressed as the same car has garnered praise in the European market.

11. Touchscreen infotainment system gets both, Android auto and Apple Carplay. Top trim gets Diamond cut alloys, but design is similar to alloys on a trim that sits lower than top one.

12. LED tail-lights are standard across the range, so is the high mounted stop light. Top trim gets LED projectors and automatic headlamps.

13. New platform results into lighter car. Petrol variants weigh from 855-880 kgs., diesel variants weigh from 955-985 kgs. Expect nimble nature and good efficiency.

14. India is the single biggest market for Swift!

15. Below are the prices and specs:

Diesel Engine: 1.3 litre 4 cylinder, 75 BHP@4000 RPM, 190 Nm torque @2000 RPM

Transmission: 5-speed manual/AMT for petrol and diesel engines

Petrol Engine: 1.2 litre 4 cylinder, 83 BHP@6000 RPM, 113 Nm torque @4200 RPM