2018 all new Maruti Swift spied in India
Maruti is preparing to launch the new 3rd generation Swift in India. Spied testing in the country, the new Swift is one of the brand’s most anticipated products and has been upgraded in nearly all aspects when compared to the outgoing model that is currently on sale. Here are few things you need to know about the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift below
Suzuki has done a stellar job with the design of the 2018 Swift – it has managed to retain the overarching design language of the original Swift while still adding enough bits and pieces to make sure it stands out from all previous generations. So, while you have that iconic curvaceous shape intact, you get definitely new headlights and tail-lights and nose. The India-spec Swift will continue to use the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine as the current car, though the diesel engine might be tuned to produce more power. The novelty that the 2018 Swift will offer will be automatic options with both the diesel and petrol variant. Suzuki is also evaluating other engine options such as the new 1.5-litre diesel engine that will eventually replace the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced unit, an SHVS variant and the three-cylinder 1-litre Booster jet engine we currently get in the Baleno RS.
The 2018 Swift is built on the same platform as the Baleno, though it will be 10-15 percent lighter. The weight reduction will give the Swift a performance and fuel economy advantage over its premium sibling. The new platform is also 10 percent more rigid than the current one. In addition to being stiffer and lighter, the new Swift will feature wider axle tracks, a lower driver’s hip point, a lower center of gravity and damper and spring settings closer to the Baleno RS as opposed to the regular Baleno in order to make the car more fun to drive. The 2018 Swift’s cabin will be sportier than the present car’s.
The dashboard is minimalistic, with a new, upmarket steering wheel and sporty, two-pod instrument cluster. However, we expect the India-bound car to have a different interior layout. We assume fully-loaded variants to get equipment such as a touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay capability and paddle-shifters. The cabin is also more spacious than the current Swift’s: legroom is more, overall cabin space is up 25 percent and luggage space has increased from 200 litres to 254 litres. This next-gen Swift is expected to hit the Indian market sometime early next year, after an official reveal at the Auto Expo 2018. It will be placed below the Baleno, and will compete straight with the likes of the Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10.