All-new Maruti Swift hatchback to launch in early 2018; Production starting on 1st December

The all-new 2018 Maruti Swift is just months away from launch. Production of the car will begin from the 1st of December. Usually, car makers begin producing a car one or two months ahead of the launch. This indicates that the Swift could be launched in January of February 2018. In fact, a report on ETAuto says just this.

We believe that Maruti will launch the car in February, during the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. By then, the car maker would have about 2 months of production, or at least 20,000 cars ready to deliver to customers. Bookings are likely to start soon.

The all-new Swift is expected to generate huge demand as the car is very popular in the Indian market. It’s good on Maruti’s part to start production early and build stocks as waiting periods could otherwise shoot up very fast. The all-new Swift will be based on the HEARTECT platform.

This is the same platform that cars like the Dzire and Baleno use. This platform uses high strength steel to save weight. The new Swift is expected to be much lighter than the outgoing version. This weight saving will improve both performance and fuel efficiency.

Maruti has given the car a brand new design. The interiors also are brand new, with a lot of new connectivity features and creature comforts. Space on the inside is also expected to improve. The car’s engines will not be changed though. The petrol engine will be the 1.2 liter K-Series unit with 82 Bhp and 112 Nm.

The diesel engine will be the 1.3 liter turbocharged Multijet unit with 74 Bhp and 190 Nm. Both engines will get a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. Maruti will also offer AMT options on both the petrol and diesel versions. Pricing is expected to be similar to the outgoing version. Airbags and ABS will be standard on all models.