Maruti Suzuki is clearly focusing on hybrid powertrains before shifting completely to electric cars.
The 2023 Maruti Swift looks all set to debut by next Diwali. The fourth generation of the popular B1-segmenter is likely to become the smallest recipient of strong hybrid tech in its carmaker’s portfolio. Swift has been around in our market for decades now. It had adapted to the requirements of changing times quite impressively. That is the reason why it continues to be one of the top-selling cars in India even today. The future of mobility looks electric but the way to get to mass adoption is long. That is what Maruti Suzuki is thinking which is why they are bringing in strong hybrid products to plug the gap left by the Diesel versions.
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2023 Maruti Swift
In terms of the design and exterior highlights, we expect the next-gen Swift not to be too different from the current-gen version. It will most likely feature the swept back LED headlamps, a slightly redesigned bumper, new alloy wheels and a tweaked rear end. On the inside, there might be the introduction of new-age features to enhance the creature comforts. This means tech and connectivity functions and an updated cabin. The exact details of what these could be will be revealed closer to the launch.
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The main talking point of the new Swift will be its powertrain. In its current-gen version, it features a 1.2-litre petrol engine with mild hybrid technology. This outputs 88 hp and 113 Nm of peak power and torque. There are options of either a 5-speed MT or an AMT transmission. However, Maruti might bring a strong hybrid version of Swift with the next update. That could offer a mileage of upwards of 30-35 km/l. The current-gen Grand Vitara mid-size SUV boasts a mileage of 27.97 km/l in the strong hybrid version.
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Maruti will leverage the smaller hybrid engine from Toyota’s stable. With localisation, the difference in cost between the regular petrol-powered Swift and the strong hybrid version will be reduced to make it more affordable and attractive for buyers. The ever-increasing fuel prices are already forcing car owners to look for alternatives. A strong hybrid car will make more sense. Let us know your thoughts on this.
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