The Swift has always remained the mainstay of Maruti Suzuki, ever since the first-generation model broke its covers in the Indian car market. Despite the arrival of newer rivals and the market’s gradual shift towards SUVs, the Swift continues to be a blockbuster seller for Maruti Suzuki. The carmaker too understands the significance of the Swift in its lineup, which is why Suzuki has started trials of the all-new fourth-generation Swift.
Recently, a few spy pictures of a fully-camouflaged car by Motor.Es and going by the overall silhouette and dimensions of the car, it is confirmed that the car underneath the covers is the next-generation version of the popular Suzuki Swift. The car has been spied on European roads, though the new version will first hit the Asian markets, including Japan and India. The car looks in production form, which means that this new Swift might arrive sometime in the first half of 2023.
Going by the design, the new Suzuki Swift has a more squatted stance and is expected to have a more mature design, with a wider and slimmer front grille and sleeker headlamps and tail lamps. The camouflaged model also had the rear door handles mounted on the door panels, and not recessed within the C-pillar like in the current generation version. The car also happens to miss out on the C-pillar black tape, which gives the current version an impression of having a floating roof. With these moves, it seems that Suzuki is adapting traditional roots for the new Swift.
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Swift to carry forward the design DNA
The new Suzuki Swift also seems to have more upright pillars and lesser curves on the side profile, thus making it in line with the first and second-generation versions of the hatchback. However, the haunches behind the rear fenders look bulkier than before, which makes this new Swift look wider than the current and past versions of the Swift. Also, the rear window panels, which have always remained smaller in all generations of Swift to date, seem to have grown up, which is expected to make the cabin feel less claustrophobic.
While it is not clear when the model will arrive exactly in India, it will surely up its game by sharing the new-generation features from the recent launches by Maruti Suzuki, such as Baleno and Brezza. The list of features will become longer, with new bits like a bigger 9-inch Smartplay Pro+ touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charger, head-up display, six airbags and more. However, the engine option will continue to be the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder K12C Dualjet petrol engine powering the current version of the Swift. Available with both 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox options, this engine produces 90 PS of power and 113 Nm of torque.
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