Maruti will launch the all-new 2018 Swift hatchback at the upcoming Auto Expo, which will happen in the first week of February 2018. This is the first time ever that Maruti will launch the entire Swift family in India. In other words, this means that there’ll be 5 new Swifts for the Indian market. Here’s a quick run through.
Swift Petrol 1.2
The lowest priced all-new 2018 Swift will be the petrol powered model. It’ll feature the same 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine that’s found on the current (2nd-generation) Swift. However, the new car is expected to feel much faster, and even deliver better fuel efficiency as it’s much lighter due to the new, light-weight HEARTECT platform. The petrol engine’s expected to make 84 Bhp-112 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox will be standard.
Swift Diesel 1.3
The Swift Diesel will probably be the most popular version of the car. As is the case with the present version, the new car will use a Fiat Multijet turbodiesel engine displacing 1,248 cc and making 74 Bhp-190 Nm. This motor will be paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox, that’ll drive the front wheels of the car. Like the petrol version, the diesel is expected to get faster, and more fuel efficient, due to the lighter weight of the new car.
Swift Petrol AMT
AMTs are big in India as they offer an affordable, frugal alternative to conventional torque converter automatic gearboxes. They’re lighter, too. For the first time ever, Maruti will sell the Swift Petrol with an automatic option, in this case the 5 speed AMT unit. The 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine will be retained. This combination is already available in the likes of the Maruti Dzire and the Ignis.
Swift Diesel AMT
The diesel powered Swift will also get an AMT option. Again, this is a combination that’s never been offered before on the Swift. The Diesel AMT should be a big draw among the new Swift buyers as it offers both convenience and fuel efficiency – a rare combination in automatic cars. The 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel will be retained. As is the case with the petrol AMT, the diesel AMT combination is not new to India, what with both the Dzire and Ignis offering it.
The Swift has always been a fairly fun-to-drive car. The all-new 2018 model will take things to an all-new level, especially in the Indian market. Maruti is expected to launch the Swift Sport here. The car features a 1.4 liter turbo petrol motor with 138 Bhp-230 Nm on tap. Weight? 960 Kgs. Do the math.
A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard. The car is likely to lose the rear doors in favour of a sporty, three door layout. Remember the Zen Carbon & Steel? Well, the Swift Sport will be similar, only a lot more sportier. It’ll be the most powerful Swift ever sold by Maruti in India.
The Swift Hybrid has already landed into India for research by Maruti engineers. The car is likely to be launched in the Indian market by the end of next year. The car will be a petrol-hybrid, using the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine and a 10 Kw electric motor. The gearbox will be a 5 speed AMT.
The Swift Hybrid will offer 2 drive modes: drive assist mode where the electric motor assists the petrol engine during brisk acceleration, and electric mode, where the electric motor will help the car creep along at low speed, in high traffic conditions. The Swift Hybrid’s selling point will be its 32 Kmpl fuel efficiency figure.