New Swift top-end likely to be priced between Rs 6.8 lakh to Rs 7.6 lakh

According to some reports today, the new Swift top-end is likely to be priced between Rs 6.8 lakh (petrol, ZXi) and Rs 7.6 lakh (diesel, ZDi). Here’s an updated summary what you can expect in the new Swift, slated for launch around mid-August.

Engine and mileage

The new Swift petrol will likely be powered by a 1.2 litre K-series engine that produces around 89 bhp of maximum power and is expected to return a mileage of 21.5 kmpl. The new Swift diesel will likely be powered by a 1.3 litre DDiS engine that produces roughly 80 bhp of maximum power and would return a mileage of 25.8 kmpl. The above engine power and mileage figures however are speculative and only the actual launch will reveal the true figures.

Photo: The 2011 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be loaded with features

Price details of the variants

The new Swift will likely come in four petrol variants, LXi, VXi, VXi (AT) and ZXi. The diesel will come in three variants which will include the LDi, VDi and ZDi. According to Motorbeam, the on-road price (Delhi) of the Swift ZXi (top-end variant) will be Rs. 6.8 lakh while that of the Swift ZDi (top-end variant) will be Rs. 7.6 lakh. For other variants (LXi, LDi, VXi and VDi), the prices are expected to be Rs. 30,000 more than those of the present variants.

New features

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will come loaded with features such as push button start, electrically folding rear view mirrors, USB, Aux-in port, Bluetooth connectivity, electrically operated outside rear view mirrors and climate control. It will also sport 15-inch alloy wheels for lower variants, 16-inch alloy wheels for the top-end variant, optional sunroof, rear wipe-wash and a demister.

New colors

The new Swift will likely come in three new colors: ‘Glistening Grey’, ‘Blazing Red’ and ‘Torque Blue’, apart from presently available colors like white, black and silver.

Present Swift vs. new Swift

New looks: The new Swift will get larger headlights that are swept further up the front fender. The front bumper has been redesigned which makes the car look wider than the present model. To see images of the new Swift click here.

The rear quarter glass gets a new shape and the fenders appear to be flared. The new Swift’s rear will have a redesigned tail gate and refreshed tail lamps with clear lens treatment.

More space: The new Swift has a longer wheelbase than the present model thereby has marginally more rear leg room. The rear bumper to will be larger than that of the present model.

Better interiors: The interiors of the new Swift will have a dashboard that looks a lot like the Maruti Suzuki’s premium sedan, the Kizashi’s. Expect the upcoming Swift’s instrument cluster to sport a new multi-information display, a silver-rimmed speedometer, a tachometer, temperature gauge and fuel gauges.

New Swift vs. competition

The new Swift will compete with premium hatchbacks such as the Fiat Grande Punto, Volkswagen Polo, Nissan Micra and Hyundai i20. Watch this space for our comparisons after the launch!