The Suzuki Swift is also sold in Australia and guess what, it’s quite similar to the Maruti Swift sold in India. We’re saying this because the Australia-spec Swift gets twin airbags, quite unlike the European version that gets 6 airbags. The new Suzuki Swift tested by Australia’s A-NCAP crash testing agency got a four star and five star safety rating (depending on the model tested), which is better than the 3 star rating the Euro-spec Swift managed. However, one must remember that the Euro NCAP rating is a lot more stringent, in fact the most stringent crash safety test in the
The Australia-spec Swift that scored 4 stars features twin airbags, ABS+EBD, electronic stability control and seat belt reminders as standard safety features. The one that bagged a full five star rating had additional safety features such as Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems (LSS).
In India, Maruti sells the Swift with twin airbags and ABS as standard. The car is also said to meet the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program, which refers to more stringent safety standards that all cars sold in India from October 2019 must adhere to.
Maruti has just received 1 lakh bookings for the Swift in India, and the car has become a mega hit in less than two months of launch. The Swift sold here is available with 1.2 liter petrol and 1.3 liter turbocharged diesel engine options. 5 speed manual transmissions are standard on both engines, which can also be specified with 5 speed AMT options.
Enthusiasts in India are hoping that Maruti will launch the Swift Sport in India. Already available in Australia, the Swift Sport uses a 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 140 Bhp and 230 Nm. The more powerful car also gets 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options, and a stiffer suspension set-up.