17,291 units of new Maruti Swift sold in February
Demand for the all-new Maruti Swift is very high. The B-Segment hatchback has just outsold its more premium sibling, the Baleno, in February 2018. Last month represents the first month of sales for the new Swift, which was launched at the recently conducted Auto Expo 2018. The new Swift sold 17,291 units in February while the company could manage to sell on 15,807 copies of the Baleno. While the Baleno sales are very impressive as standalone numbers, it looks like the B2-segment hatchback from Maruti Suzuki has lost some of its appeal owing to the advent of the all-new Swift.
Maruti has already garnered over 75,000 bookings for the Swift in just over a month since official bookings opened across the country. The Swift is produced at Maruti’s Hansalpur factory in Gujarat. The Baleno was also being produced at this factory but production of the car has been now shifted to the Manesar factory in Haryana due to the huge demand for the new Swift. Both cars are priced close to the each other, and there is even a fair bit of price overlap between some variants of the two. Prices of the new Swift start from Rs. 4.99 lakhs while that of the Baleno start from Rs. 5.36 lakhs.
Both the Swift and the Baleno offer the same engines – a 1.2-liter K-Series petrol with 82 Bhp and 113 Nm and a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel with 74 Bhp and 190 Nm. 5-speed manual gearboxes are standard on both engines. The Baleno also has an RS version with a 1-liter turbocharged petrol (101 Bhp-150 Nm) powering it. On the Baleno Petrol, Maruti offers a CVT automatic gearbox as an option. On the Swift, however, both the petrol and diesel engines get an optional 5-speed AMT. This is another reason for the high demand that the Swift is enjoying. Both cars get ABS and airbags as standard features.