New Suzuki Swift photo

The new Suzuki Swift, with a facelift and and an engine transplant will make it appearance in Hungary.

New Suzuki Swift photo

With sales for the new Swift starting in Autumn for Europe this year, Suzuki surely doesn’t want to be slow in getting the new car out into dealerships and ensure it meets the sales targets for Europe.

So will the new Suzuki Swift will be launched in India around the same time? Unlikely, we think. The Swift and its variants sell well in India, and Maruti Suzuki is not likely to be in any hurry to launch the latest version in India.

Photo: Suzuki Swift photo, from when it was launched in India

At first look, the new Suzuki Swift reminds you of the curves of the Kizashi design concept – the bonnet curves and the now larger head lamps which have edge that goes down till it reaches the lower air dam are very similar to the Kizashi. The larger tail lamps on the new Suzuki Swift now have the clear lens treatment and extend further into the car and make themselves very visible. We haven’t got any official pictures from the rear angle yet. The rear bumpers and boot lid are also now much larger on the new Swift.

With the headlamps, tail lamps, bumpers and lid growing in proportions the new Suzuki Swift still remains a sub-4 meter car making it eligible for small-car excise exemptions in India. The overall length is increased by 90mm and wheelbase up by 50mm, the new Swift is 5mm wider and 10mm taller as compared to the older one which should help in increasing the in-cabin space.  Interiors are expected to remain black with silver inserts as before but we expect the new Swift to have a different dash lay-out.

The new Suzuki Swift is supposed to be built using a much stiffer and lighter steel which should better the handling and ride quality. The European new Swift would have ESP on all models, but don’t expect the ESP to get on all models and variants here in India.

The old 1.3-litre DOHC petrol engine will be replaced with the K12B 1.2-litre four cylinder that makes a little more power (95PS at 6000rpm) and torque (118Nm at 4800rpm). Suzuki would be using its latest Dual-VVT – variable timing on this engine which would result in increase in power despite the drop in displacement of the engine. Suzuki also claims a mileage figure of 22 kmpl in European driving conditions.

For the Diesel Swift, the 1.3-litre DDiS engine stays which is now re-tuned to meet strict Euro-V norms. Expect a mileage figure of close to 24 kmpl.

The new Swift would make it to Indian soil only after Maruti launches its much-awaited Kizashi somewhere at the end of 2010.