Reportedly, Maruti Suzuki dealers have begun taking bookings for the facelifted Swift hatchback, due in showrooms over the next few weeks. The bookings amount has been pegged at 10,000 rupees. Early November deliveries are being promised for the Swift Facelift, whose official launch and price announcement are expected to happen later this month. The car is currently India’s best selling B+ segment hatchback.
Production of the Swift Facelift has already begun at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar factory, in Haryana. As Maruti Suzuki’s stockyards indicate, both demo and customer versions of the Swift Facelift are ready to be shipped to dealerships across India. The car will replace the pre-facelift, 2nd generation Swift hatchback, which has been around since 2011.
In terms of visual changes, no much has changed on the facelifted Swift. The car get satin finish elements that wrap around the fog lamps while new alloy wheels, chrome door handles and reverse parking sensors on the rear bumpers are other cosmetic changes. The insides of the car remain a familiar affair, with the Swift Facelift retaining the dashboard design.
However, new features have been added to the car’s insides, in the form of a one touch operation switch for the driver-side power window, keyless entry, push-button start and electrically retracting wing mirrors. Rumours also suggest that the stereo of the Swift Facelift gets a once over with the Bluetooth call/end functions moving to the steering wheel.
Mechanically, the Swift Facelift will make do with a 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine (86 Bhp-114 Nm) and a 1.3 liter fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine (74 Bhp-190 Nm). Both engines will drive the front wheels of the hatchback by means of 5 speed manual transmissions. An automatic gearbox option for the petrol engine is also rumoured to be in the scheme of things. Expect minor upward price revision for the facelifted Swift in lieu of the features added.