The all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift is just a fewdays away from its launch in India. The public debut of the new Swift hatchback should happen at the Auto Expo 2018. The all-new Swift is based on a lighter and a stiffer platform. Maruti might even consider launching the new Swift with the 1.0 L Boosterjet petrol that powers the Baleno RS. Prices of the new Maruti Swift 2018 will start under 5 lakhs. Read on for more details on the upcoming new Swift 2018 model.
Although the new Swift has already gone on sale in Japan and has made its European debut at the 2017 Geneva Internation Motor Show, it won’t come to India until early next year. The all new Maruti Swift India launch will take place after its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. Interestingly, the next gen Dzire, which is based on the new Swift, will be launched in India several months before the hatchback. Production of the new model Swift will commence at the manufacturer’s Gujarat facility in October this year.
Expect Maruti to price the new Swift very aggressively. The new 2018 Maruti Swift will have a starting price of under 5 lakhs. Also on offer will be automatic variants of both petrol and diesel models. Currently, the Maruti Swift retails for Rs. 4.81-7.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
For 2017, Suzuki gave the exterior of the Swift a comprehensive makeover. However, as can be seen in the images we have here, the basic design is still unmistakably Swift. It does sport many new styling elements like a floating roof, a bigger single piece grille, headlamps with projector units and integrated LED DRLs. Also, much like the Chevrolet Beat, the rear door handle has been moved to the C-Pillar. Seen in the images here is the Euro-spec Suzuki Swift. The one that comes to India will have a raised ride height to tackle Indian roads. Also, lower level trims will get a conventional bulb setup for the headlamps and taillamps.
Changes to the cabin and dashboard design are far more comprehensive. The centre console is dominated by the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system and circular controls for the auto aircon. These dials come integrated with the temperature and fan speed display. There is a new sporty flat bottom steering wheel, which we really hope makes it to the India-spec Swift. The hooded instrument binnacle houses a Baleno like high red MID and could also offer customizable backlighting much like the Vitara Brezza. However, some of the features seen here could be given a miss to keep costs in check.
It seems highly likely that the current 1.2 L petrol and 1.3 L diesel engines will continue to power the upcoming new Swift. However, Maruti is also evaluating the new 1.0 L Boosterjet petrol for the 2018 Swift. This engine already powers the Baleno RS. However, as is the case with the Baleno, MSIL might offer the Swift with the 1.0 L Boosterjet under the RS moniker in India.