The 2024 Maruti Suzuki Swift is about to make its debut soon. Therefore, we are taking a look at what changes it will come with. At the Japanese Auto Show recently, the new Swift was unveiled. It has tons of exterior, interior and mechanical updates. It remains to be seen if these will make it to the Indian model. The most impressive bit has to be the hybrid powertrain promising a mileage of around 30-35 km/l. But there is no concrete report suggesting if the Indian version would get the same powertrain. Nevertheless, we shall take a look at what other changes the new Swift might boast over the existing model.
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Maruti Suzuki Swift vs 2024 Swift – Design
Whenever there is a new generation of face model of any car, the first aspect which gets refreshed is the exterior styling. The car buyers want their cars to look new from the outside. It is the first department that attracts most car buyers to any new car. After the appearance at the Japanese Auto Show, there are clear indications about the changes we could expect from the 2024 model. This includes an almost similar silhouette to the current model on sale. Still, there are subtle details which are new.
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For instance, the bumper is redesigned, there are new and sleek LED headlamps, a tweaked grille, LED indicators and LED DLRs integrated inside the headlamp cluster and a sporty skid plate element. On the sides, the general stance remains the same but the alloy wheel design is fresh. Similarly, at the rear, there are part LED taillamps, a compact roof-mounted spoiler and a new bumper. All in all, there are just subtle changes that would ensure that the onlookers know that this is a new model. Design highlights could include:
- New front bumper with massive grille
- LED headlamp cluster with integrated LED DRLs
- Stylish allo wheels
- New LED taillamp cluster
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Interior and Features
All modern cars come with tons of new tech features. It has become a norm. The new Maruti Swift will not disappoint in this regard either. It would most likely borrow elements from the premium hatchback, Baleno. Therefore, the premium quotient of the 2024 Swift will be greatly elevated compared to the current-gen variant. The modern amenities could include things like a new free-standing infotainment display, a digital instrument cluster, a new dashboard layout, automatic AC, the latest connected car tech, smartphone connectivity including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electronic parking brake, and much more.
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Interestingly, this model at the Tokyo Auto Show even had hardware for ADAS like the 360-degree camera and radar. However, we are not certain if the India-bound model would feature the ADAS tech. Still, it will have typical safety features like 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, and more to ensure that the safety rating is high. Unfortunately, in the past, Swift has not been able to perform well on the NCAP tests. Maruti Suzuki would want to get rid of that image. Let us see if the facelift model will be able to change that for good. Interior highlights could include:
- New dashboard layout
- Latest connectivity features
- Digital Instrument Cluster
- 6 Airbags
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The most interesting part of the 2024 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be what will power the successful hatchback. At the moment, it comes with a 1.2-litre K Series engine generating a decent 88 hp and 113 Nm of peak power and torque. The transmission duties are carried by either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. However, the new Swift could carry a new Z Series engine. That will be fundamentally different from the K Series engines which we have come to appreciate for years now.
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This engine will have a 1.2-litre setup but with 3 cylinders instead of 4 in the current model. The model which was displayed at the Tokyo Auto Show had a hybrid version of this engine. It makes almost similar power as the 4-cylinder engine but the torque output is significantly higher. It will ensure that there is more oomph to the driving experience, particularly at low engine RPMs. What is of even more significance is the fact that the mileage figures could be around 30-35 km/l. That is almost unheard of.
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However, due to the price constraints, it is possible that Maruti Suzuki decides to skip the hybrid technology for the Indian iteration. Still, the new mill could be slightly more driving-friendly and fuel-efficient. That will be a critical aspect to woo more new customers. At the moment, the prices of the Swift range from Rs 5.99 lakh to Rs 9.03 lakh, ex-showroom. The new model would certainly bear a slight premium over these prices.
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What We Think
Maruti Suzuki Swift is among the highest-selling vehicles in India ever. It has been around since 2005. Over its 18 years of existence, it has undergone tons of updates. This has ensured that Maruti Suzuki is able to keep it fresh. As a result, there have been customers for the Swift at all times. Now, with the upcoming model set to arrive by late 2024, the demand for the iconic hatchback is higher than ever. This is a positive sign for the new model already. With promising updates, let us see how well the potential buyers respond to the new Swift.