Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

Replacing a blockbuster vehicle is always a hard balancing job for an automaker as drastic changes don’t always go in line with the devoted fan following. And sticking to the same formula can take the shine away from an established car. So, Maruti has just got it right, the carmaker introduced the third-generation model of Swift in the country. Maruti first introduced the hatchback back in the year 2005 followed by update in 2011, facelift in 2014 and now the third generation model in 2018.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

The all-new car looks just tempting with all the things just placed right. The Maruti Swift undoubtedly looks stylish with better equipment level. It’s more efficient, more spacious and loaded with modern features and safety aspects. This time, company has provided a complete overhaul of the outer and inner design while the same engines will continue to do their duties. Apply for SBI Car loan at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exteriors

Suzuki design has a more model-specific language than a brand-wide philosophy. The Swift is no exception and it is a mixture of feelings one gets when standing next to the new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift. The design seems familiar yet new. The same upright, yet squat stance, the floating roof concept is there, but just reinterpreted with a blacked out C-pillar too, and the flared out wheel arches and the strong haunches at the rear are now even more prominent.The front of the new Swift is the most familiar, of course, thanks to the Dzire compact sedan making it here ahead of the hatch. But design differentiation has been attempted with the new ‘single aperture’ grille, the front fender air intake treatment and the new LED daytime running light signature. The blacked-out A-pillar continues, as does the sharply raked windscreen, which is just wider due to the increased width of the car itself. The door mirrors are slightly narrower new units with inbuilt LED turn indicators.

The big change in the new Swift is the position of the rear door handles. If from a distance the new model looks like a two-door, that is because the rear handles have been moved up to the top edge of the door frame DLO and now sits next to the C-pillar. This position has been tried before by other manufacturers, most notably by Chevrolet in the Beat, but the execution in the Swift is cleaner and leaves the shoulder line looking elegant and unspoilt. How comfortable it will be to use, especially if you had a bag in one hand and were entering through the rear door on the driver’s side, could be a very personal like or dislike.

The rear of the new Swift is my personal favourite with its sharper edges on the tailgate, the square reinterpretation of the tail-lamps and the wider rear glass. The new Swift has grown in proportions, with a 20mm longer wheelbase and a 40mm jump in overall width. This has enabled an increase in space inside the car, which now offers more shoulder room (+23mm front and +8mm rear), and up to 58 litres of extra boot space. There is a marginal increase in legroom, but the head room has increased significantly due to the lowering of the seat points. Rear head clearance is now up 24mm, so even six-feet tall occupants will have sufficient head room.The design of the new Swift still bears that key stamp of sporty and youthful character. It has the same ‘I’m up for it’ attitude. Build quality and material quality have seen a jump both outside and inside the car.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Interiors

Step into the cabin and the Suzuki trademark features and design cues are everywhere. Subtle differentiators in the design and layout of the cabin attempt to make the Swift’s cabin unique compared to the Dzire. So, the aircon vents, the curved panels on the dashboard and the flat-bottomed steering wheel are clearly unique to the Swift. There are more sporty touches in the cabin, starting with the 5-degree tilt to the centre of the dashboard, to make it driver-oriented. The auto aircon controls in the top-end Zdi+ diesel variant that I was driving featured three dials with inbuilt digital displays. The touchscreen Smartplay infotainment system is there, too, and offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Maruti designers have chosen an all-black theme for the Swift to distinguish it from the dual tone theme that is offered in the Dzire. There is a certain charm to black interiors but, with black plastic and fabric panels on the door trim, it does seem a bit monotonous after sometime. The quality of materials used in the Swift has certainly improved and it does feel like the same trim materials that is used internationally in the model. There are bits of trim finished in urbane satin chrome that offer a break from the black theme, but there should have been more is my opinion. The centre console has a number of storage options for cups and bottles, as do the door panels.

The gearshift knob and the framed panel housing it have been neatly executed, including the one in the AGS variants. The seats are the same as in the Dzire, though they are offered with different, firmer upholstery. The front seats offer thick side bolsters and are perfect for long drives. The instrument cluster features the same twin-pod configuration like in the Dzire, but has sporty aluminium and red rings to make it sportier in the Swift. I would have liked to see a few more options in the cabin, including rear aircon vents and a sunroof. Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift in tamc2011

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

Coming to the drivetrain the Japanese spec Swift hatchback gets 1.2 Litre petrol motor which you will find under the hood of the base variant. This engine is capable of producing of 67 Ps and 118 Nm of torque. The mid variant too is powered by the same engine available in different state of tune, the same engine produces about 70 Ps of peak power and 170 Nm of torque. While the top end variant gets slightly more powerful 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder motor which is capable of producing about 101 Ps of peak power. All the above engines are paired to either a 5 speed manual transmission or a CVT unit.

For the Indian market the Swift hatchback will most probably get the same 1.2 Litre petrol motor which powers the present Swift hatchback while the diesel variant will continue with the same 1.3 Litre motor which will be tuned to deliver slightly more power and torque output. However Maruti might introduce a slightly more powerful diesel unit as well which will replace the ageing 1.3 Litre mill. Some reports also states that the Indian spec Swift hatchback will get an automatic transmission with both diesel and petrol drivetrains this time.View offers on Maruti Cars in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving

The suspension is the same set-up as in the Dzire, but compared to the current generation Swift, this feels much improved. With the right level of damping and balance between a firm and pliant ride, the Swift manages to impress with its agility around corners and its ability to swallow big potholes on the road. There is none of the rattling and throw-about ride of the previous generations. Handling is good too, though there is definitely the tendency to understeer, especially in the heavier diesel. Understeer is an endemic problem faced by most front wheel drive cars (in the absence of other electronic aids).

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

The brakes of the car are on point and noticeably better than the earlier model. The car comes to halt in a straight line without any drama. And as opposed to the predecessor, the inclusion of ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as standard fitment helps the car have a better grip on the road. The safety is further leveled up by standard dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seats. Move on to the top variants and you get reverse parking camera with sensors, engine immobilizer, central locking and pinch guard power window.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cost in New Delhi

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,39,987 to 9,52,470 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in New Delhi. Check for Swift price in new Delhi at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Final Thought

The new Swift is being offered with a bunch of safety equipment as standard including dual airbags, ABS with EBD, child safety ISOFIX seat restraints and Suzuki’s new fifth-gen Heartect body structure. The new model’s handling is an improvement felt best when throwing it into corners, though it is not an eye-popping change. The ground clearance is now 163 mm and the car manages to sail over most speed-breakers.

With a new lightweight and rigid platform, better features, upgraded safety features and premium interior and sporty exterior the new generation Swift hatchback surely will win plenty of heart. However this is only the Japanese spec hatchback which was revealed today. The Indian spec hatchback is expected to be unveiled infront of the Indian audience towards mid 2017.

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