Here are the first totally undisguised images of the all-new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift hatchback on Indian roads. This particular example was spotted down-south at Kochi, Kerala, which suggests that Maruti has already begun serial production of the car, and even dispatches to dealers around the country.
The car is due for a launch within weeks from now, at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Maruti Suzuki dealers around the country have already begun accepting bookings for the car officially. The booking amount is pegged at Rs. 11,000, and the first deliveries will commence days after the official launch. The all-new Swift is in its third generation in India. It competes with other B-Segment hatchbacks in India such as the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Ford Figo.
The new Swift will be the first car in its segment to offer automatic gearboxes on both petrol and diesel variants. Maruti will offer a 5 speed AMT (automated manual transmission) option with the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol (82 Bhp-114 Nm) and the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel (74 Bhp-190 Nm). 5 speed manual gearboxes will be standard.
Externally, the all-new car will be dimensionally smaller than the outgoing model. It will be 3,940 mm long (10 mm shorter), 1,695 mm wide, 1,500 mm tall (30 mm shorter) and have a wheelbase of 2,450 mm (20 mm longer). The longer wheelbase is said to be the main factor for Maruti Suzuki to squeeze more space for the passengers inside the car. The new Swift will have brand new interiors that will be similar to those in the new Dzire.
It will also have Maruti’s SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system on the top-end models, offering both Android Auto and Apple SmartPlay smartphone syncing features. The new car will be lighter than the outgoing model as it will use the lightweight HEARTECT platform. The weight savings are expected to give the car better pick-up and fuel efficiency than before.
Spyshots courtesy Team-BHP