The all new gen Maruti Suzuki Swift has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show 2017. So what’s Maruti Suzuki has planned to present to their global audience? Here we are going to find out that only. The next-gen Swift (Codenamed – YSD) is said to be built on a new platform – codenamed ‘Heartect’, which is different from the one used for the Baleno and Ignis in India.
New-generation platform ‘HEARTECT’:
The new Swift rests on a new-generation platform “HEARTECT” that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. A comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout resulted in the adoption of a highly rigid frame that enhances collision safety and has a continuous, smooth and curving form that better helps disperse energy claims the company. This new architecture will be much stiffer and even lighter, making the new swift look sportier in design. Maruti Suzuki claims that the rigid platform will make it safer, light weight (making the body 840 kg), enhance its performance ride, handling and fuel consumption.
Optimising the underbody together with the components that are attached to it as a unified whole (rather than focusing on partial optimisation of individual components) has reduced noise and vibration and improved comfort as per Suzuki.
Let’s get inside
As we stepped inside, it was totally a different feel from what we had experienced in the previous gen Maruti Suzuki Swift. The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will get an all-black colour scheme with metallic accents interiors. The first thing that drew our attention was the newly designed flat bottom steering wheel which looks sportier than the outgoing one. The dashboard also gets a new design with a central console that supports new touchscreen infotainment system with navigation system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. One of the new features is a Bluetooth phone integration which supports navigation via offline maps on SD card.
The instrumental cluster is inspired from Mercedes AMG with dials and full-colour MID.The driver seat has an integrated armrest and the seats are now more comfortable. The biggest change that Maruti Suzuki has made to the Swift is the enhanced boot space. The boot space is extended to stand at 579 litres which are a massive Improvement over the outgoing Swift with a total boot space of 205 litres. In terms of safety, dual airbags for front passenger and driver are set standard in every trim. Depending on trim level, standard and added features could include a total of 6 airbags, ABS, ESP, automatic climate controls, keyless entry, push-button engine start/stop, heated front seats and rear parking sensors with a camera.
The exterior language
The first thing that everybody notices are the headlamps. The new Swift’s headlamp clusters are hexagonal shaped LED pilot lamps with U-shaped LED DRLs and a hexagonal front grille with chrome accents inspired by Jaguar F-type. The tail end receives new spoiler design while tail lamps are compact with a 3D effect along with C-shaped reflectors and LED illumination.
For better road performance, the suspensions are redesigned and are lighter and rigid. The new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift will measure 3,840 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width and 1,525 mm in height and sit on a wheelbase measuring 2,450 mm. The weight of new Swift is 840kg and is 10mm shorter than the current Swift, while its wheelbase is 20mm longer. The height is lowered by 15mm and width is widened by 40mm than the outgoing model.
It will be presented in five variants in Japan – XG, XL, Hybrid ML, Hybrid RS and RSt. The upper trims will have a 16” diamond cut alloy wheel while some of the variants such as Hybrid ML, XG and XL were missing it the Geneva Motor Show. The A, B and C pillars are blackened and the rear door handle is placed on the C-pillar.
Inside the Hood
Globally the car will be available with 1.0 BoosterJet petrol engine, 1.2 Dualjet petrol engine and the SHVS mild hybrid engine which gets an electric motor, and a 12-volt lithium-ion battery. Suzuki claims an average 5% improvement in fuel economy overall.
In India, the next-gen Swift will have a 1.2 litre, 4 cylinders, VVT petrol motor producing 83 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 4,000rpm. The diesel motor will be a 1.3 litre, 4 cylinder DDiS diesel engine offering 74 bhp power at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm torque at 2,000 rpm. Maruti Suzuki will offer both the manual and CVT transmission choices.Due to the HEARTECT platform, the car is much lighter and expected to be more fuel efficient. Maruti Suzuki may also launch the RS variant with a 1.0-litre boosterjet engine, the same one on the recently launched Baleno RS.
In Japan, the next gen Maruti Suzuki Swift is likely to be priced from ¥ 1.3 million (INR 7.75 lakh) for the entry-level petrol 2WD variant and go up to ¥ 1.9 million (INR 11.21 lakh) for the top-spec hybrid 4WD model.
What Maruti has to say
R S Kalsi, ED for sales and marketing, Maruti Suzuki said that model fatigue sets in much faster nowadays in India, so we have to continuously bring in something new to excite the market.
Further, he also added, “Swift has been an iconic brand for Maruti Suzuki and in order to ensure that the brand remains relevant to the times, it is being upgraded. Whenever any new model hits the market, the segment expands and we see the same thing happening with the new Swift.”
Maruti Suzuki is really keen to give the new model a wider reach to its consumer, where the company currently has around 200 Nexa dealerships across the country, the regular dealerships stand close to 1000. In fact, the homegrown auto major is planning to give the new Swift a more mass-market focus than the Baleno. Recently, the homegrown car manufacturer launched the ‘Road Sport’ Version of the Baleno in India.
What about the new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift in the Indian market?
Over 5.4 million units of Suzuki Swift has been sold globally making the car company’s flagship model. In India Maruti Suzuki has sold over 1.5 million units alone. So this is one of the biggest markets for Swift. There’s no confirmation from Maruti Suzuki regarding its launch dates in India but the new gen Swift is believed to be launched in India in October 2017 or after its showcase at the Auto Expo India 2018.
The base price will start around INR 5 lakhs going up to INR 7 lakhs for the top trim. The engine specs are mentioned in the Under The Hood section. It will be produced in India from the company plant in Gujarat from where exports across the world will be conducted.