After Maruti Suzuki launched the K12C Dualjet petrol engine on the Dzire facelift, they could also launch it on the Swift which will make it more powerful than now.
Maruti Suzuki recently launched the Dzire facelift with an updated BS6 K12C 1.2L Dualjet petrol engine. With this new engine, the Dzire is now more powerful than before, by 7bhp to be more precise. That leaves us wondering if Maruti Suzuki could be introducing the 1.2L Dualjet petrol engine on the Swift hatchback as well. And why not, because the Swift is after all the car the Dzire was originally based on.
Currently, the Maruti Suzuki Swift is powered by a 1.2L K12B petrol engine which puts out 83bhp and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine which puts out 75bhp. Essentially, the K12C Dualjet engine could replace both these engines from the current Swift. Maruti has already discontinued the diesel engine on the Dzire and in a similar fashion, the Swift could also see the demise of its diesel variants.
We expect output figures from the K12C Dualjet engine to remain same on the Swift as it is on the Dzire facelift. With 90bhp on tap, the Maruti Suzuki Swift will be more at power with its rivals like the Grand i10 Nios and Ford Figo which are currently more powerful. Also, we do not expect Maruti to introduce their 12V mild-hybird system on the Swift just as they did not on the Dzire facelift. However, the Swift could come with start/stop technology to aid fuel efficiency.
The K12C engine on the Swift could come paired to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. Maruti claims fuel efficiency figures of the Dzire facelift to be 24.12kmpl and 23.26kmpl for the manual and AMT variant respectively. We expect the figures to remain identical for the Swift, perhaps even better for the less weight of the car. It would certainly be better than 21.21kmpl fuel efficiency currently the Swift has.
We could also see some cosmetic updates on the Swift if and when this new engine is featured on the hatchback. The Swift has been on the road for some time and its just about time for a mid-cycle update for the car. Inside, it may come with revised interior trim and upholstery design, an updated instrument console, and new 7.0-inch Smartplay Studio infotainment system. Currently, the Swift has a starting price of Rs 5.19 lakh and new car will certainly command a premium over the current price. We can’t wait to see if Maruti actually gives the Swift this healthy update.