The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited seems to be on an upgrading spree. The company has now announced that its third best-selling model the Swift will now get ESP (Electronic Stability Program) as standard on all variants. The 2023 model year update has been given to the Swift’s entire lineup along with its premium hatchback sibling Baleno’s all variants as well. Prior to this update, only the top-of-the-line ZXi Plus variant of the Swift offered the ESP.
The current third-generation Swift has been on the market since 2018. The model is one of the all-time best sellers from Maruti Suzuki and is built on the brand’s HEARTECT platform. The top-spec trims of the hatchback come equipped with Maruti’s SmartPlay infotainment system that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity apps. The car also gets keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, 60:40 split rear seats, and a larger boot.
Earlier in 2021 the Swift got a mid-life facelift. The biggest change in the Swift facelift was its engine. The popular hatchback received a more powerful 1.2-litre DualJet petrol K12N engine that generates a maximum power of 89 PS of maximum power and 113 Nm of peak torque. It was an increase of about 7 PS from the prior model. The Swift comes mated a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT automatic based on the variant. The engine is equipped with an Idle start-stop technology.
Meanwhile on the exterior the model received a revised front-end with a new honeycomb mesh grille and chrome slat dissecting through it. The headlamps were also tweaked but looked largely similar to the prior iteration. Maruti Suzuki also tweaked the bumper but the shape of the fog lamps remained the same.
As mentioned the outgoing model has been out since 2018 and even after the facelift the model did not change radically and is currently due for a major overhaul. Just a few days ago we shared some pictures of what we think could be the all-new 2023 Swift.
From the renders of the forthcoming swift it was noted that the car could get an all new exterior and for the first time the Swift could ditch the jellybean like design and get a more angular and sharper look. The car will most likely get a new front and rear bumper along with revised bonnet, headlamps and taillamps. According to a leaked Japanese document it was revealed that the new Swift could dimensionally measure in at 3950 mm in length, 1720 mm in width and 1500 mm in height and it could also have around 2500 mm in wheelbase. The overall weight of the car will be around 930 kgs.
However the biggest change of the this new hatchback could be its powerplant. It has been reported that the company is working on a strong hybrid powertrain for the next-generation Swift hatchback, and is looking to eke out a mileage between 35-40 Kmpl. It has been reported that the upcoming hatchback could come equipped with an entirely new 1.2-liter petrol engine (codenamed Z12E), which, in contrast to the present K12C engine, will be a three-cylinder unit rather than a four-cylinder engine.