Maruti Swift RS could come to India only with some minor cosmetic alterations to make this hatchback look sportier than the standard versions.
Since the launch of the next-generation Swift in India, there have been numerous speculations regarding the launch of the sportier version of this hatchback in our country. To be called the Swift RS, contrary to expectations might just be a cosmetic alteration of the standard version. Maruti has witnessed a lukewarm response for the Baleno RS in India despite the standard versions of the car being a runaway success. Similarly, plonking in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the Swift for the RS version might not turn out to be the wisest of a decision in terms of sales. That said, we still believe that the market for Hot-hatches is slowly growing. Tata Motors is also in the works of launching the Tiago JTP by festive season this year. Nevertheless, here is all that you need to know about the Maruti Swift RS.
Maruti Swift RS – Design
The 2018 Swift RS will look slightly different from the standard variants of the hatchback. At the front, it gets a mesh grille, a sportier bumper and a red stripe running across the grille. There will be projector headlamps and LED DRLs on offer as well. At the back, much like the front end, the Maruti Swift RS gets a sportier bumper along with LED tail lights. The side profile features new alloys wheel design and side skirts. Akin to the new Baleno RS and the Ciaz RS (that was on sale until recently), this sportier version of the hatchback looks much more sporty than the standard car. The images seen here were sent to us by a CarBlogIndia reader.
The flat bottom steering wheel seen in the images of the new 2018 Suzuki Swift could make it to the RS variant in India. Also, expect it to get an all black interior treatment. Maruti did not make any changes to the Baleno RS’ interiors in comparison to the standard Baleno.
Maruti Swift RS India Specifications
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.0-litre L Petrol|
|Top Speed (est)||199 KMPH|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h) (est)||11-12 Seconds|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed MT|
As we mentioned earlier, the Swift RS could feature the Baleno RS’ 1.0 L Boosterjet petrol engine. While in the past, Maruti has used the RS suffix for merely cosmetic upgrades (Ciaz, Swift), they have only one RS model on sale currently in the form of the Baleno RS. It is possible that MSIL has now reserved the RS suffix only for performance-oriented models.
Suzuki Swift RS on sale in Japan features the same 1.2 L Petrol engine as the other variants with no gain in power. We will get a clear idea of what approach Maruti adopts for India regarding the Swift RS closer to its launch. Assuming, they do decide to bring it here.
Maruti Swift RS India Features
- Sporty new front and rear bumper
- Side skirts
- Projector headlamps
- LED DRLs
- LED tail lights
- Diamond cut alloys
- Flat bottom steering wheel
- Smart play touchscreen infotainment system
- Dual front airbags
- ABS with EBD
- Keyless entry and push-button start
- Automatic climate control
Maruti Swift RS Launch Date
|Model Name||Expected Launch Date|
|2018 Maruti Swift RS||First Quarter 2019|
Maruti Swift RS Price in India
|Model Name||Estimated Ex-showroom Price|
|2018 Maruti Swift RS||Rs. 7.50 lakh|
Like the new Baleno RS, the Swift RS could also cost around a lakh or so more than the top of the line standard 1.2 Petrol. Our guess is that if Maruti does launch this hot hatch in India with a 1.0 L Boosterjet engine, it will cost around Rs. 7.50 lakh (ex-showroom).
Maruti Swift RS India Mileage
|Claimed Overall Fuel Efficiency (estimated)||21-22 KMPL|
As is the case with the Baleno RS, the Swift RS, assuming it comes to India and gets the 1.0 L Boosterjet, could return around 21-22 KMPL overall.
Maruti Swift RS Images
Maruti Swift RS India – Dimensions
|Overall Length||3840 mm|
|Max. Width||1695 mm|
|Overall Height||1500 mm|
|Wheel Base||2450 mm|
The 2018 Maruti Swift RS could make for an interesting addition to the next generation lineup of this hatchback in India. With the popularity of performance-oriented hatchbacks on the rise, Maruti might eventually launch an RS variant of this vehicle.
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