The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift seems to have struck the right chord with the Indian buyers. The latest iteration of this compact premium hatchback has garnered over 60,000 bookings so far. The new Swift was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and launched at a starting price of INR 4.99 Lakh. Since its launch two weeks ago, the Swift received 20,000 bookings. The new Swift features a completely revised exterior design. Interior design is also a step-up over the outgoing model. The 2018 Swift is based on Maruti Suzuki’s HEARTECH platform. This makes the car shed 90 kgs, hence improving the hatchback’s fuel efficiency and drivability.
The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with features like LED daytime runnings lights, projector headlamps along with LED taillights. Cars which fall in the same segment as the Swift, do not offer these features. This helps in increasing this hatchback’s desirability factor. The new Swift’s cabin comes with features like a touchscreen infotainment system (Smartplay), flat-bottom steering wheel, an all-black colour scheme which provides it with a sporty appeal. Apart from these creature comforts, the new Swift is a lot safer than before. It gets dual-airbags and ABS along with ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across the range.
The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with the same engine line-up as before. The petrol engine gets the K Series 1.2-litre VVT motor. It churns out 82 BHP along with 113 NM of peak torque. The diesel engine is the tried and tested 1.3-litre DDiS motor. This oil-burner is good for 74 BHP along with 190 NM of peak torque. The biggest advantage of the new Swift over its competitors is that it is offered with both automatic and manual gearboxes. Both the petrol and diesel engines are available with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AGS unit.
The base variant of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift costs INR 4.99 Lakh. While the top of the line diesel trim retails at INR 8.29 Lakh (ex-showroom). Currently, the waiting period for this compact hatchback stands at 6 to 8 weeks.
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