Snapshot: The Maruti Suzuki Swift is a super popular car in India. The car is a preferred option among the young and the old alike, and the car’s  top sales in the B-Segment category proves just this. The sporty looks of the Swift also means that the hatchback is a favourite among car modifiers. CarToq lists out 5 interesting ways in which you can modify your Swift and make it stand out among lakhs of other Swifts on Indian roads.

Add a tuning box/remap to your Swift Diesel

The most popular bolt-on performance modification for the Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel is a tuning box. A tuning box modifies fuel rail pressure and improves power and torque, and sometimes even fuel efficiency. You can also choose to get your ECU remapped, which is a more expensive, but a better option that just adding a tuning box. While adding a tuning box will take just take five to ten minutes, a remap will take a good half a day as the ECU has to be re-programmed with new engine maps. The benefits of the remap is similar to that of a tuning box, with the added advantage of optimising the power/torque curve as per your needs.

Think of a remap as a tailored, fitted trouser while the tuning box is more of a ready-made trouser you picked up at the mall. While tuning boxes cost about 20,000 rupees, a remap will set you back by about 25,000-40,000 rupees depending on the level of customization you opt for. RaceDynamics is a well known tuning box maker while Tune-o-Tronics and Pete’s Automotive Products offer remaps. Adding a tuning box or a remap is likely to reduce engine life but the reduced life usually doesn’t impact most first owners of the car as modern day diesel engines have lives of over 200,000 Kms.

Add a remap, free flow air filter and a tuned exhaust to your Swift Petrol

While a tuning box is a diesel-only modification, petrol heads can opt for a remap that gives a slight boost in power and torque. Performance tuning firms optimize the remap to suit the individual’s driving style and habits. Adding a free flow filter and a tuned exhaust to the equation has the potential to bump up power and torque by about 20%. The cost of a remap, free flow filter and a tuned exhaust will add up to less than 50,000 rupees. RaceDynamics, Pete’s Automotive, Race Concepts and Red Rooster Performance are four well known names in the petrol car tuning circuit.

Make your car a sleeper

So, you’ve modified your petrol or diesel Swift with the the aforementioned tuning options. Now, you can make your Swift a sleeper and surprise other cars at the traffic lights by not adding a cart load of stickers and a garish paint job to the equation. The idea is to have a classy looking car that goes like stink when given the stick and surprises all and sundry. You can add a set of sharp looking alloy wheels to the equation and stop with that. Here’s a picture of a sleeper Swift with a contrast roof and great looking alloy wheels. Good quality alloy wheels from Borbet cost about 50,000 rupees for a set of 5 wheels.

Dabble with Swift Body Kits and other exterior modifications

Since the Swift is a very popular car on the modification circuit, there are scores of after market part makers who build body kits for the hatchback. Adding modified front and rear bumpers, and side skirts can make your Swift stand out from the crowd. While at it, do consider smoked headlamps with projectors, clear lens LED tail lamps and garnish the whole package with ravishing alloy wheels shod with low profile rubber. The cost of modifications could range from 20,000-30,000 rupees for a basic body kit to about a lakh and a half rupees if you plan to go the whole hog.

Go for a zany looking paint/wrap job

If body kits aren’t your cup of tea, a high quality paint job with a contrast roof and alloy wheels will give your Swift sufficient individuality. You could also opt for a vinyl wrap of your choice. While vinyl wraps are faster to execute than a paint job, they’re notoriously difficult to maintain. Price wise, a high quality wrap and a good paint job almost cost the same. Lower quality wraps are available for much cheaper than a paint job though. Expect to shell out about 40-50 thousand rupees for a high quality paint job/wrap.



  1. On the Modifications with the engine, you need to know that non-turbo petrol cars shouldn’t go for Remaps. It is as useless as adding a rear wing in a FWD car. Petrol Swift owners should go for Green Cotton or K&N High Flow air intake and Free Flow exhausts from Magna Flow or Remus! Further than this, the next step is changing the Headers and Installing a Turbo and Intercooler. A good Modifier wont advice you a Remap for your petrol car!

    In case of Remaps for Diesel cars, The engine life is not at all affected. If you do take out your Diesel Swift for Drags or Autocross or whatever races regularly, all you need to take care about is that get your car serviced at 9000-9500 Km rather than 10000 Km. And also, since you will go faster, you should install better brakes. I am sure about the information I am giving here because I have diesel and petrol Swift and DZire respectively! While the Swift is getting a Remap and better brake pads, the DZire has gotten a straight-pipe exhaust which I made myself and a Free Flow Muffler! Hope it helps. :)

  2. .All I have done with my baby is give her new michelin 195/60R15 shoes, 12 spoke alloys and a Hi performance K&N air filter and she runs…like a gazelle, handles like a rampant rabbit… no expenses yet except the amount I spent on fuel …that too she gives me 14.5 kmpl in Mumbai city (and I never drive without the ac coz my baby boy is with me ) and getting leather seats, a hi end music system, amp and a regular polish. inspite of 16000 kms in 1 year & 2 months no rattles, no sqeaks, no niggles. MS has come a long long way from the cars of the earlier generation when it comes to fit, finish and quality of the interiors.

  3. Dear Reader

    I tried out the diesetronic tuning box.. yes there is a change in engine power etc but only in certain modes. the so called economy mode does not allow the engine power to climb end result the turbo does not run and u feel like the car crawls!!!! But under any setting there is no drastic change so try out Spyder if you can. Same price range.

    The body kits / alloys etc are nice touches but mechanically we cant do much other than putting an exhaust or an air filter etc. cheapest mods are K&N air filter. Next in line is the alloys , paint job , stickers etc etc

    Finally is the engine tune up which could be a tuning box for the diesel or a free flow exhaust for petrol but this is a sheer waste of money because there is no significant midrange gain and Indian roads are not the Buddh circuit replicated !!!! so if you fiddle with engine power etc you need to fiddle with suspension, braking and clutch assemblies which if wrongly configured can be disastrous!!!!

    Don’t believe me go to team bhp and read about people modifying Skoda / City/ Civic etc . See the pics nad you will have a hair raising day I assure you

    Practically put a combo of tuning box / remap + K&N filter will give you good paisa vasool else if you can spend a little more a remap (which is any day a more proven) + air filter will do better. A remap is a reconfiguration of engine and fuelling parameters based of a dyanamometer. The car is fitted onto the dyno and run in usually 4th gear (1:1 gear ratio condition) and performance noted at various engine speeds. This will generate the existing engine map.

    The remap is done by adjusting the parameters again. It is to be noted that the same motor on a Swift is different from a Manza is different from a Fiat mapping.

    Also one last thing the BHP value we read in the brochure is engine output value NOT power at the wheel. This is usually about 30% lower in value due ot losses so if your brochure says 100 horses , its actually about 65-70 at hte wheel!!!

    So please read and ask questions before spending money

  4. i drove a swift dzire zdi variant for 2 years and i jus put on a K and N drivetrain pacakage for 3.8 lacs and a Racing Heart 5 spoke alloys and a Strospeed bodykit for $15000 and to add to itz charm i added a Armytrix duel exhaust for 4 cyllinder engine with muflers and it drives like a sports car right now and to show it off i hav got some smoked headlamps and led tail lamps nd my car is one of a kind,………………….. by the way my car goes 0 to 100 in 5.2 sec nd dose a quttter mile in less than 15 sec i bet no ones swift can race me

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