One of the most prolific product in the Suzuki lineup, the Swift has charmed the hatchback buyers for years now. Ever since the nameplate was first used in 1983, Swift has been sold under different names in different countries, including the likes of Suzuki Cultus and Suzuki Ignis. It was in 2004 that Suzuki decided to give the 2nd generation Swift - a proper Swift badging and it was also the first time we saw the hatchback in India.
The Swift went on to become an instant rage among the buyers, but Suzuki was slow to update the car, unlike other manufacturers who update their cars in a year or two. It took 6 years for Suzuki to launch the third generation Swift (In 2011), followed by a mild facelift in 2015. And now 6 years later, Suzuki is ready with yet another generation - the much talked about fourth generation Swift hatchback.
After making the round of the internet, in the form of the spy shots for a while now, Suzuki has finally unveiled the fourth generation Swift (third generation in India) on 27th December 2016, in Japan. Power packed with new platform, engines, features and design, Swift is touted as the next big thing in the market. Here's everything you need to know about the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift in detail!
First things first, this is an all-new Swift and not just a heavy-duty facelift, thanks to the all-new Platform borrowed from Baleno and Ignis. The fourth-generation Swift will be built on the Suzuki's 'HEARTECT' platform which made its debut in 2015 and doing its duty on the Baleno and Swift hatchbacks. The platform is said to undercut the Swift's weight by 120 kgs, thanks to its lightweight and rigid design.
The new Suzuki Swift retains the quintessential Swift DNA, yet gets a more sporty design elements. The first thing to notice is on the new Swift is a hexagonal grille with chrome inserts, accompanied by projector headlamps with LED DRLs. Other changes include a new set of LED tail lamps, ORVM's indicator, fog lamps, blackened out A, B & C pillars and new 16-inch alloy wheels. A key change is the rear door handles which are now placed on the C-pillar. Overall, the new Swift looks bolder and attractive.
Like the exteriors, the interiors of the Swift also retains the basic DNA of the previous generations and in fact borrows few of the design cues. The central console houses a touch interface without any buttons, while the AC units will house rotary knobs with inbuilt display. The flat-bottom steering wheel, the round themed center AC vents and the Baleno inspired instrument cluster clocks are some other changes.
The Japan -spec all-new Swift will receive two engine options - a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder Boosterjet engine with 100 bhp and 150 Nm output (Baleno RS will be the first car to receive the same engine) and a 1.2-litre DUALJET petrol engine producing 90 bhp of power and 120 Nm of Torque and comes with the SHVS (Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System) technology.
But these engines won't make their way to India as the Suzuki will use the existing 1.2-litre K-Series petrol motor and a 1.3-litre DDiS motor mated to a 5-speed manual and a CVT transmission. We can expect the SHVS technology clubbed with the diesel motor. As for the Boosterjet engine, the company might launch the Swift RSt as a limited edition model in the country. Expect the engines to be more efficient and gearshift to be sleeker.
Features and Safety
It goes without saying that the all-new 2017 Suzuki Swift will be the most tech-laden Swift ever and we tell you why? For starters, the Swift will be equipped with a touch-screen infotainment system equipped with Navigation and Reverse parking Camera view. One can expect the Swift to get the support for Apple CarPlay (Baleno gets the same), and also controls for internal lighting and air-conditioning from the central console. The MID on the instrument cluster may relay parking sensor info, fuel and trip details.
In terms of safety, the new Swift will come equipped with Dual Sensing Brake Support (DSBS) system, a system that is made to mitigate collision using a monocular camera, laser sensor and high beam assist. The car is also equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC) which uses the same sensors to automatically apply brakes. These two systems will join the standard safety array of this car, including the ABS and airbags.
Pricing and Launch
Last but not the least is the most crucial aspect for the new Swift. Maruti Suzuki has always managed to competitively price the Swift in the domestic market and the new Swift demand this more in the ever increasing competition for the India's favorite hatchback. The new Swift is priced between 1.34 million Yen (INR 7.78 lakh) to 1.84 million Yen (INR 10.69 lakh) in the Japanese market.
Expect the Indian version to be priced a little higher than the current generation model, i.e. a base price of Rs 5 lakhs. The car which was launched on 27th December, 2016 will go on sale from 4th January, 2017. India launch is expected in the late 2017 to early 2018.
We will keep adding information in case of any further development. Keep glued to your screens till then!