Exclusive: First 2018 Maruti Swift hybrid lands in India

Back when the all-new Dzire started testing, we brought you the exclusive spy shot of the same. Here are the first images of the new Swift that has made its first appearance in India, that too in hybrid guise.

What’s so special?

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The all-new Swift is a highly anticipated product. The Swift has gone on to become a very popular and a much loved vehicle. With the competition stepping up, Maruti has to do something quick with the Swift as well. Globally, the all-new Swift was introduced in December, however it will take a few more months for it to make it to India. We expect an Auto Expo reveal and a launch post that.

The all-new Swift will be the most advanced Swift ever. It is based on the same platform that the new Baleno is based on. This means it will be lighter than the outgoing version by quite a bit. The vehicle will most likely feature LED projector lamps, LED DRLs, Apple Car play, Android Auto and a start/stop button.

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For the time being, the company will stick to the same 1.2 liter petrol and the 1.3 liter diesel engines, however they will be faster due to the lower weight the new vehicles possesses. For the first time ever, the Swift will come equipped with an automatic transmission, which will widen the appeal of the car. Like the Ignis and the Dzire, we expect the new Swift to be coming with an AMT on both the petrol and diesel versions, which means that it will have a wider appeal. Seeing this hybrid version does give an indication that the company may bring this in as well in the long run.

The new Swift has been designed as a sporty offering and will be the same in India. The chassis and the suspension setup has been done in such a way that it is more sporty. Unlike previously where the Swift was the company’s flagship hatchback in the country, they now have the Baleno to take care of that and they can use the Swift to look into the sporty side of things.

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The Swift will be sold through the company’s normal dealerships instead of the Nexa retail chain since it is more widespread.

Swift hybrid:

Suzuki introduced the Swift Hybrid earlier in the year with a claimed fuel economy figure of 32 kmpl in the Japanese market. It is powered by a 1.2 liter engine making 89 Bhp and is mated to a 10 kW electric motor which powers only the front wheels. The engine is mated to an AMT gearbox.

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