It seems that the Maruti Swift RS is finally going to make its debut in India after all. The launch of this souped-up iteration of the Swift hatchback is expected to launch in our country sometime during the first quarter of 2019.
Our earlier speculations about the Swift RS being just a mild-cosmetic makeover might be proved wrong as recent developments suggest that in lieu for Tata Motors launching the Tiago JTP, Maruti has now decided to introduce a more powerful engine in the Swift RS.
The current generation iteration of this hatchback from Maruti has been doing quite well. However, as we have seen in the case with the Baleno RS, it is not necessary that its hot-hatch iteration will attract the same sales numbers.
Maruti Swift RS- Launch Date
As mentioned before, we are expecting Maruti Suzuki to launch the RS variant of the Swift in India during the first half of 2019.
During the festive season this year, Tata Motors launched the Tiago JTp hot-hatch. Maruti might wait and see what sort of response the former gets and then decide to launch the Swift Rs in our country.
|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- Engine 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- 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.
Maruti Swift RS India- Features
Since the Rs variant of the Swift will be based on the top of the line trim of the Swift, expect it to come with loaded with a whole array of features and creature comforts. These might include projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lamps, automatic climate control, steering mounted audio controls, a touchscreen infotainment system among the others.
- 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
- Keyless entry and push-button start
- Automatic climate control
Maruti Swift RS- Safety Features
All the safety features which the top spec version of the Swift gets are also available as standard across the range. Hence the Swift RS will offer safety equipment like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts along with reverse parking sensors.
- Dual Front Airbags
- Anti-Lock Braking System
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution
- ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
- Reverse Parking Sensors
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.
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