Maruti Suzuki is hitting the hybrid button in a big way, and it’s not mild hybrid that we’re talking about here but full blown strong hybrids. We’ve already seen the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara hit a mileage figure of nearly 28 Kmpl, all thanks to its petrol strong hybrid powertrain. Soon, an even crazier mileage figure will be seen on a Maruti Suzuki car – the Swift hatchback to be specific. Maruti Suzuki is said to be working on a strong hybrid powertrain for the next-generation Swift hatchback, and is looking to eke out a mileage between 35-40 Kmpl. The same petrol strong hybrid powertrain could also be offered on the likes of the Maruti Dzire compact sedan, and the Baleno premium hatchback. Here’s a speculative render that shows what the next-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid could look like.
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As the render images indicate, the fourth generation Maruti Swift is likely to look more aggressive than ever before, with a prominent front grille, a heavily sculpted front bumper that’s bigger than ever, a low slung stance and a twin tone paint scheme. What’s unmissable in the renders though is that the Swift’s traditional design language has come through pretty nicely.
Coming to the mechanical aspects of the all-new Swift, the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine is likely to be paired to an electric motor, making up the strong hybrid powertrain. When driven sedately, this combination could offer exceptional fuel efficiency, and when driven aggressively, the Swift’s sporty DNA is likely to come through. A sort of Jekyll and Hyde behaviour, if you will, and that’s what a strong hybrid can do.
To make things very convenient and comfortable, the strong hybrid powertrain is expected to be offered with an automatic gearbox as standard. The next-gen Swift will continue to be front wheel driven, with a monocoque body, and a five door hatchback body style. A sportier 3 door version is expected in international markets including Suzuki’s home market of Japan. Better safety levels all across and a range of new features including ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) features are likely to be offered on the all-new Swift.
Suzuki is expected to launch the all-new Swift in Japan before mid 2023, and the hatchback could arrive in India by the end of next year. Traditionally, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has been moving from one generation to another in about 5-6 years, and end-2023 is about the right time for an all-new model. By end 2023, the current, 3rd generation model would have completed 6 years here. The fourth generation Swift is expected to share its platform and hybrid powertrains with the Dzire compact sedan and the Baleno premium hatchback. Like the Swift, the Dzire is also due for a full model change in the Indian market while the Baleno could motor on for one more year, until 2024, before it moves a generation ahead.