The all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift will be launched in just a few weeks from now, at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Maruti dealers around the country are said to be ‘unofficially’ taking bookings for the new model. This is because Maruti has not yet officially opened bookings for the car.
The unofficial bookings are likely to help customers jump the long booking queue once the official bookings start. Since the Swift is a car that is expected to generate very high demand right from launch, many customers are expected to book the car even before the official booking announcement from Maruti.
Maruti has already stopped producing the second generation Swift to make way for the new model. The new, 3rd generation Swift is expected to be priced similar to the outgoing model. Prices are expected to range between Rs. 3.99 lakhs for the base petrol version to Rs. 7.99 lakhs for the top-end diesel model.
The new Swift will be built on the HEARTECT platform, which is also used by cars like the Baleno and the new Dzire. This platform uses high tensile steel that is stronger yet lighter. The lightness of this platform will make the new Swift much lighter than before. This is expected to give the car better mileage and pick up.
The new Swift will use the same engines and manual gearboxes that the older version was fitted with. The petrol engine will be the 1.2 liter K-Series unit with 82 Bhp-112 Nm while the diesel engine will be the 1.3 liter turbocharged Fiat Multijet unit with 74 Bhp-190 Nm. Both engines get 5 speed manual gearboxes.
For the first time ever, the all-new Swift will be available with automatic gearboxes on both the petrol and diesel engines model. The automatic transmission will be an AMT, which is both cost effective, light and fuel efficient. The new car will also get twin airbags and ABS as standard.