The 2018 Maruti Swift RS might soon launch in India. This will act as the pumped-up version of the compact premium hatchback. it is likely to feature the same 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine as the Baleno RS.
The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is doing quite well in the Indian market. The latest iteration of this compact premium hatchback has so far clocked more than 1 lakh bookings. The demand is so huge that new buyers have to wait for almost 6 months before they can take delivery. Now, media reports suggest that the Indo-Japanese automaker is planning to launch a hot-hatch version of the Swift in India soon. In the European markets, currently, Swift already has a hot-hatch version, the Swift Sport. This one comes with, apart from its visual modifications, a 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine which produces 138 BHp along with 230 Nm of peak torque. However, this might turn out to be too expensive for the Indian market. Hence, instead of this, we might see the launch of the Swift RS in our country.
2018 Maruti Swift RS – Design
The 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), the Maruti Suzuki Swift RS 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 2017 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. The manufacturer could adopt a similar approach with the 2018 Maruti Swift RS.
2018 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. The standard Swift range will get the current model’s 1.2 L petrol and 1.3 L engines.
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.
2018 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
2018 Maruti Swift RS Launch Date
|Model Name||Expected Launch Date|
|2018 Maruti Swift RS||First Quarter 2019|
Maruti is likely to showcase the new Swift at the 2018 Auto Expo. The official launch should take place shortly afterwards.
2018 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 Swift 1.2 Petrol. Our guess is that if Maruti does launch the Swift RS in India with a 1.0 L Boosterjet engine, it will cost around Rs. 7.50 lakh (ex-showroom).
2018 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.
2018 Maruti Swift RS Images
2018 Maruti Swift RS India – Dimensions
|Overall Length||3840 mm|
|Max. Width||1695 mm|
|Overall Height||1500 mm|
|Wheel Base||2450 mm|
The Swift RS could make for an interesting addition to the next generation Swift lineup in India. With the popularity of performance-oriented hatchbacks on the rise, Maruti might eventually launch an RS variant of the Swift, but maybe not at the time of the launch of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift.
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