Maruti Suzuki is set to launch the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift on 8th February in the 2018 Auto Expo. The bookings for the Swift have been opened officially and there’s already an expected waiting period of 3-4 months on the upcoming hatchback. According to a report, the new Swift price will be around Rs. 60,000 more than the existing model’s price.
ETAuto‘s sources say that Maruti will price the upcoming Swift at a starting price of Rs. 5.83 lakh, which is higher than the previous starting price of Rs.5.23 lakh. This will make the Swift quite competitive in the market. Earlier, Maruti dealers officially started taking the bookings for the new Swift at a booking amount of Rs. 11,000. The rival Hyundai Grand i10 has a starting price of Rs. 4.6 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
But we think this speculated price is too high….
Why? Because the Maruti Dzire has a starting price of Rs. 5.56 lakh while the Baleno’s starting price is Rs. 5.36 lakh, both prices ex-showroom, Delhi. Maruti is not expected to put a higher price tag on the Swift than the Baleno and the Dzire, both of which are from the higher segment.
Secondly, R S Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales has said in an interview that prices are expected to be similar to the previous generation of the car. Thirdly, the previous generation Swift was priced at Rs. 4.91 lakh and not Rs. 5.23 lakh. The new Swift is expected to be priced at Rs. 4.99 lakh, ex-showroom.
This is the third generation of Swift which is based on an all-new platform. The car has shed up to 90 kg depending on the variant and has become a lot quicker and fuel efficient than the previous generation car.
Maruti has used the HEARTECT platform to underpin the Swift. It is the same platform that forms the base of new Dzire and the Baleno too. The engine options – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel remain same as the previous generation but due to the lighter weight of the hatchback, the performance, as well as fuel efficiency, has increased by a good margin.
Maruti has also introduced automatic transmission in the Swift for the first time ever. The automatic gearbox is an AMT unit that is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. Safety equipment like the ABS and dual front airbags are standard across all the variants of the car.
The interiors have been updated too. The all-black themed dashboard now gets Smart Play infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The new Swift is also more spacious due to the increased dimensions of the vehicle. As the previous generation Swift, the all-new Swift is also expected to be the segment leader.