Maruti Suzuki has just released the teaser of the much-awaited 2021 Swift. The hatchback is now also listed on the manufacturer’s website. The facelift of the Swift was due for quite some time as the Dzire got a facelift last year. The facelift will bring mechanical as well as cosmetic updates. The mid-life facelift of the Swift was launched in the international market last year and it should be launched in India in the following month. The current generation of Swift has been on sale in the Indian market since 2017 and it has been one of the best selling hatchbacks in the segment.
There are minor tweaks to the front of the 2021 Swift. Now, it comes with a redesigned front bumper which is more aggressive than the outgoing one. The new honeycomb mesh grille now comes with a single horizontal chrome slat that sits in between the grille. The bumper is slightly updated, but the fog lamp housing remains the same as the current generation Swift. It looks like there will be a sleek air dam that will sit right below the grille. There are no changes to the side profile and the rear profile of the hatchback. It is expected that Swift will also be offered with a contrasting black roof from the factory.
However, the main update to the 2021 Swift will be the new K12N DualJet petrol engine. It is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 90 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. That is a boost of 7 PS over the K12M engine that produces 83 PS of max power. While the torque output is the same for both engines. Just like before the 2021 Swift will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT.
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The new engine should help in improving Swift’s fuel efficiency like it did on the Dzire and the Baleno. As of now, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the most fuel-efficient petrol car in India. It is rated at 23.26 kmpl for the manual variant, whereas the AMT is rated at 24.12 kmph as per ARAI. The acceleration, 0-100 kmph, smoothness and in-gear acceleration times should also improve. The new engine will also come with idle start-stop technology, which should further enhance fuel efficiency. Maruti Suzuki has already discontinued the 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engine which was sourced from Fiat because of the BS6 emission norms and there are no plans to offer Swift with a diesel engine. Although there are rumours that the manufacturer is working on a BS6 version of the 1.5-litre DDIS 225 diesel engine that previously did duty on XL6, Ertiga and the Ciaz.
There will be no major changes to the interior except slightly updated upholstery. Maruti Suzuki will also add some features to the 2021 Swift. It will now come with cruise control which should make highway driving a lot less tiring. There will also be a new multi-coloured, multi-information display that will show various information to the driver. There will be a 7-inch SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system that will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2021 Swift is expected to launch in the Indian market in the coming weeks.
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