The largest car manufacturer in the country, Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the facelifted Swift, the highest-selling car in 2020. Swift has been one of the most favourite cars in India for ages now. Maruti Suzuki has managed to keep it fresh by launching facelifts and special editions from time to time. That is the reason why the updated Swift is due and is likely to launch next week. There are a fair few bits that are expected to change, both, in terms of interiors and exteriors. There might be a “mild” upgrade under the hood. Let us see all the updates expected in the upcoming Swift.
Maruti Suzuki Swift – Exterior and Interior
Now, Swift has always been a good-looking hatchback and has remained so since quite some time. This time around as well, there won’t be too much of a departure from the design of the current model. Still, there might be the inclusion of a more detailed front-grille with chrome inserts like on the international, recently updated model. The other cosmetic changes might include a redesigned front bumper, a new set of alloy wheels and a bit sharper headlamps. The side profile is most likely to remain unchanged with the rear door handles concealed on the C-pillar. The rear might feature an updated LED tail lamp unit along with a more sporty rear bumper.
Similarly, the interiors will more or less be the same as the outgoing model. It is important to mention here, that the current-gen model comes with all the modern features and conveniences and that will continue with the update as well. We might see the inclusion of a larger Touchscreen Infotainment System, but the other features will continue like the Digital Instrument Cluster, Steering-mounted Controls, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity, Automatic Climate Control, Push button start, Rear View Camera with sensors, ABS with EBD, Dual Airbags and much more.
Maruti Suzuki Swift – Engines, Prices and Rivals
The new Swift might see a mild upgrade in the powertrain with a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine being supported by a mild-hybrid setup, which Maruti likes to call the SHVS technology. This will also feature the idle start/stop feature to aid fuel efficiency. It is present in the bigger sibling, Baleno as well, which makes a power output of 88hp rather than 82hp in the case of the powertrain without SHVS. This will give the performance aspect of the Swift a boost and will make the driving experience more sporty and involving. This engine will continue to make 113Nm and will come mated to a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The prices of the updated might be increased a bit than the current model which ranges between Rs 5.49 lakh and Rs 8.02 lakh, ex-showroom.
Being the highest-selling car of 2020, the rivals of Swift are too many. Excluding the company’s own products, Swift rivals the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Ford Figo, Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, VW Polo and newly launched and aggressively priced Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite.