Six million Suzuki Swift hatchbacks have been sold across the world, with India being the car’s biggest market. In India, the Swift is sold with the Maruti Suzuki badge, and is in its third generation. Across all three generations, the Swift has been a super hit in India. In fact, even the recently introduced 3rd generation model has become the best seller in its segment right from the first month of its launch, in February 2018. Currently, waiting periods for specific variants of the all-new, 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift stand at many months. The all-new Swift starts from a price tag that’s a little under Rs. 5 lakh.
The Suzuki Swift was first introduced in Japan 14 years ago, during December 2004. It made it to the Indian market in early 2005 when production commenced at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon factory. The first-generation Swift was sold in India until 2011, when an all-new, second generation model arrived. Seven years down the line, Maruti Suzuki has introduced the third generation version of the Swift, a car that is the lightest and quickest Swift ever. It’s also the most fuel-efficient Swift ever built. Based on the HEARTECT platform, the 3rd-gen Swift gets twin airbags and ABS as standard safety features across trim levels.
It’s sold with two engine options, a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and a 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel. Both engines are in-line four cylinder units. The petrol motor makes 82 Bhp-113 Nm, and is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The diesel engine, which also gets a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, makes 74 Bhp-190 Nm. 5-speed AMT options are offered on both engines. The top-spec Swift gets LED headlamps, daytime running lights, keyless entry, a start-stop button and automatic climate control. The car can be extensively customised at the dealer level through Maruti Suzuki’s iCreate program.