The much awaited next gen Suzuki Swift made its premiere in Japan previous year, and has now made its international debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Moving to its 4th generation globally (and 3rd generation in India), the 2017 Swift boasts a totally new character taking the design younger and performance and its handling on the sporty side. The new-gen Suzuki Swift is based on the all-new HEARTECT platform, which is lighter and more rigid than the current version. So the new Swift will shed some kilos and will also be more alert than the model it replaces. Suzuki has also revealed that the new HEARTECT platform bears no similarities to the platforms used by the Ignis or Baleno. This is big news considering the new underpinning likely means there will be more models based on the similar platform to confirm economies of scale for Suzuki, and more so for Maruti.
Inside, the cabin features a young and sportier appeal. It’s a departure from the current model and comes with a race-inspired twin-pod instrument cluster and infotainment-unit. A touchscreen video display unit graces the central console and is an obvious carry-over from Maruti’s Nexa models like S-Cross or Baleno. Safe to say then, that the new Swift will come with Android Auto and Apple Car Play – and we hope that this connectivity and infotainment won’t just be on one top variant. We will also hope that twin airbags and ABS will also be standard of the new Swift.
Suzuki is yet to reveal the powertrains for Euro and other markets, but we expect the 1.0 liter turbocharged Booster Jet petrol, updated 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter diesel. The Swift shown at Geneva also has SHVS – or Suzuki’s mild hybrid – which we expect will come on the Indian spec too. There will also be a much more powerful Swift Sport for the European markets – and if the Baleno RS shows successful we could hope for that to make it to India too.
The 1.2 petrol and 1.3 diesel are the probable powertrains for India though, while the new Booster Jet could also make it to the hatch-back as the Sport model. The suspension will also be tuned depending on each market, but expect the hatch to retain its sporty credentials. Gear transmission options will include the 5-speed manual and automatic units – though Maruti may consider the AMTs for both petrol and diesel models in India. The Swift is one of Suzuki’s most popular nameplates internationally and will be launched in Euro markets soon. The India launch, however, has been pushed ahead and is now scheduled around March 2018. That said, Maruti will be presenting the new generation Swift DZire in the country earlier, with the sub-compact sedan projected to go on sale in the second half of 2017