The new Maruti Swift has undergone a major generation upgrade recently. This compact premium hatchback now comes with an all-new design and a host of new features. All of this has made this car quite desirable and hence it has clocked very impressive sales numbers over the small period of time since it was launched in India. In addition to an attractive design, the car is now quite fuel-efficiency than before also offers better crashworthiness. But exactly what are the major points of difference between the new and the older model. To solve that out, we have prepared a detailed comparison report between the two.
2018 Maruti Swift vs Old Model – Design
There is no denying that the 2018 Maruti Swift’s design has the essence of the original supermini. While the styling is more evolutionary than revolutionary, the new version looks sportier and more premium. The basic silhouette has been carried over from the old model and the DLOs of the two generations are largely similar. However, the 2018 Maruti Swift features many new design elements that help it to look matured and sophisticated. The front of the car sports a gaping hexagonal grille that imparts a sporty character. The bumper features large intakes and a rather discreet splitter. The headlamps look a lot sleeker and the top variant will feature a projector setup and LED DRLs. The new Swift’s front fenders resemble those of the new Baleno.
Akin to the old model Maruti Swift, the 2017 version has blacked-out pillars. However, the 2018 model gets a ‘floating roof’ effect thanks to the black-out portion of the C-pillars. The tail-lights are slightly smaller and the boot-lid less curvaceous but the loading lip seems to be significantly lower. The rear windscreen seems to have grown in size. Also, the new Swift features C-Pillar mounted rear door handles. The top-end variant gets sporty dual-tone alloy wheels.
2018 Maruti Swift vs Old Model – Interior Comparison
The interior of the 2018 Maruti Swift looks much sportier and more premium. The dashboard looks more upmarket. The rectangular AC vents have been replaced by round ones. The centre console features a Smartplay infotainment system and circular HVAC controls. The steering wheel is new and looks sportier due to the round boss and a flat bottom. Another highlight is the twin-pod speedo console that also features a larger, high res Multi-Information Display (MID).
2018 Maruti Swift vs Old Modle – Specifications Comparison
The Maruti Swift was sold with a 1.2 L K-Series Petrol and a 1.3 L DDiS Diesel engine. The Petrol engine displaces 1197cc and features Variable Valve Timing (VVT). Peak power-torque is rated at 84.3 PS-115 Nm. The Diesel engine pumps out 75 PS-190 Nm. The engines come mated to a 5-speed Manual transmission. For India, the 2018 Swift shares the engines with the old model. However, Maruti, for the first time ever, is offering a 5-speed AMT as an option on both petrol and diesel versions. This will take the convenience and practicality factors northward by several notches.
|New Maruti Swift 2018 Specifications|
|Engine||1.2-Litre K-Series Petrol; 1.3-Litre DDiS Diesel|
|Max. Power||87 PS; 78 PS|
|Peak Torque||115 Nm; 190 Nm|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual/CVT; 5-Speed Manual|
|Kerb Weight||~ 850 KGs|
|Fuel Mileage||22 KMPL; 27 KMPL|
The new model 2018 Maruti Swift benefits from a light-weight platform, which would ensure a lower kerb weight and hence sprightlier performance and higher fuel mileage. Talking about the fuel mileage, the Diesel Swift 2018 has a claimed fuel mileage of 28 KMPL. The petrol engine offers a mileage of 22 kmpl as per the claims. Internationally, the new Swift will get a 1.4 L Boosterjet petrol engine to replace the old 1.6 L engine. This engine has a max. the power-torque output of 136 PS-220 Nm. India could get the smaller 1.0 L Boosterjet Petrol engine that powers the Baleno RS but at a later stage. India could also get the ingeniously developed 1.5 L Diesel engine in future.
The Swift 2018 also gets a mild hybrid technology for international markets. However, the Govt. has withdrawn benefits for mild hybrids under the FAME scheme. This means the India-spec new model Swift does not get the SHVS mild hybrid system.
2018 Maruti Swift vs Old Model – Mileage Comparison
|Model||2018 Maruti Swift||Old Maruti Swift|
|Petrol Mileage||22 KMPL||20.4 KMPL|
|Diesel Mileage||28 KMPL||25.2 KMPL|
The 2018 Swift is substantially lighter than its predecessor. Also, it gets re-tuned engines that deliver a higher efficiency. No surprise then, that, it ends up offering a higher mileage than the car it replaces. The company claims that the petrol model can easily deliver upto 22 KMPL while the Diesel variant can offer upto 28 kmpl.
2018 Maruti Swift vs Old Model – Dimensions Comparison
|New Model||Old Model|
|Length||3840 mm||3850 mm|
|Width||1735 mm||1695 mm|
|Height||1500 mm||1530 mm|
|Wheelbase||2450 mm||2430 mm|
|Boot space||265 L||205 L|
The new Swift is actually shorter than the current car, but thanks to a longer wheelbase, it ends up being much more spacious. Also, the new car is wider by 40 mm and offers a bigger boot.
|New Swift||Old Swift|
|Audio||Touchscreen||2-DIN Audio Unit|
|Headlamps||LED Projector||Conventional Halogen|
|Push Button Start||Yes||Yes|
Expect the new Swift to gain certain features across the variant lineup. The list of features on offer should be similar to that of the new Maruti Dzire.
Also Read: 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift RS India Bound?
2018 Maruti Swift vs Old Model Comparison Verdict
Obviously, the new 2018 Maruti Swift looks a lot more promising than the old model. There are really good chances that the 2018 version will further build on the Swift’s legacy.
- Design – It’s difficult to choose between the two as the design is a matter of personal taste. However, the new model looks fresher and builds on the sportiness of the current car.
- Features – The new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift gets more features than the earlier iteration.
- Specifications – While engine options remain the same as earlier, the new version gets AMT for both Diesel and Petrol engine variants. Also, it delivers a higher mileage than the car it replaces.
- Price – We will have to wait for the official launch to comment on this one. However, in all probability, the new Swift will be only slightly costlier than the car it replaces.
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