Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the most powerful version of the Swift ever sold in India in February 2021. Along with the extra helping of power, the Maruti Swift will also receive a minor facelift. The facelifted Swift will borrow the 1.2 liter K12N Dualjet petrol engine from the Baleno. The naturally petrol engine makes 91 Bhp-113 Nm, which is a step up from the 82 Bhp-113 Nm outputs that the current Swift’s 1.2 liter K-Series (K12M) petrol puts out.
The new engine will also get an idle-stop mechanism that will help cut emissions and boost fuel efficiency during traffic stops. Gearbox options will continue unchanged in the form of a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed automated manual transmission. Currently, the Maruti Swift’s prices start from Rs. 5.2 lakh. A minor price increase is likely for the facelifted model.
The introduction of the new engine on the Swift could also result in a marginal increase in the car’s fuel efficiency. With an ARAI certified mileage of 21.2 Kmpl, the current Maruti Swift is already a very fuel efficient car. Any further increase in fuel efficiency will only make the car even more appealing. The facelifted model is likely to see a tweaked front grille and bumper, and revised alloy wheels.
Apart from these changes, the outside of the car is likely to be similar to the outgoing model. On the inside, the facelifted Swift is expected to retain a black colour trim. As for safety features, twin airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, a reverse parking camera, speed alerts and seat belt reminder system will be offered as standard across the variant line up.
Higher trims of the car will get a touchscreen infotainment system that Maruti Suzuki calls SmartPlay. The SmartPlay touchscreen will host Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth calling among other features. The Swift will also get LED headlamps, day time running LEDs, automatic climate control, keyless entry and reverse parking camera on the higher variants.
The car is built on Maruti Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform, which it shares with a range of other Maruti cars including the WagonR and Baleno. This platform uses high tensile steel that is said to be very stiff yet light weight. A light build that is great for peppy performance and fuel efficiency is one of the key benefits of the HEARTECT platform, and the Swift benefits greatly from the same. Known for its excellent driving dynamics, the Swift – across generations – has been a driver’s car. The facelift model is expected to carry on this illustrious tradition.
A best seller for Maruti Suzuki across 3 generations, the Swift topped sales charts in 2020, beating even the much cheaper priced Alto. A blockbuster 2021 is anticipated on the sales front, especially with the launch of the facelifted model. Meanwhile, the Maruti Swift competes with the likes of the Ford Figo, the Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS and the Grand i10. Competition for the Swift will remain unchanged. Another new variant expected in 2021 is a CNG-Petrol dual fuel option for the Swift.