Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most successful cars in the Indian market for a good part of the last 2 decades. Here is what it is capable of doing in its international guise.
Have you heard of the 4×4 version of the Maruti Suzuki Swift that is capable of treading through deep snow? Well, here is one such instance. Swift is among the all-time highest-selling vehicles in our market. Its affordability, high mileage, low maintenance cost and reliability related to the brand along with decent styling have been some of its key attractions that have kept the consumers glued to the hatchback. This video clip depicts what it can do in its international trims.
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Suzuki Swift 4×4 in Snow
The video is recorded in an area where the snow is pretty deep. Judging by the exteriors, it looks like the latest generation model that is on sale in India. The overall silhouette is similar to the one sold in India. Also, the tyres on the vehicle look like winter tyres or off-roading tyres with distinct treads to propel it through the snow or wet conditions. The driver of the Suzuki Swift drives the car forward in deep snow without any signs of major slippage. He makes a U-turn in thick snow and is seen doing it quite comfortably despite the engine switching off once. But apart from that, there is no loss of traction. However, it must be mentioned that there is no slope or ice that are actually challenging for any car. But it still provides an idea as to how well could the Swift be used in fresh and moderate snow.
The UK-spec Suzuki Swift can be bought with 4×4 hardware. It’s powered by a 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine putting out 90 hp of maximum power. Meanwhile, the latest-gen Maruti Swift comes with a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine good for 88 hp and 113 Nm of peak power and torque respectively. There are options of either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The prices of the Maruti Swift range between Rs 5.90 lakh and Rs 8.77 lakh, ex-showroom. The rivals include the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Tata Tiago. Do let us know what you think of this crazy iteration of the popular hatchback.
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While we understand that the Swift in India will most likely never come with a 4×4 drivetrain, it feels nice to see what our favourite cars come equipped with in the international markets.