Maruti Suzuki Swift is the most popular hatchback in our country. The third generation of Swift was unveiled in December 2016 and launched in India in 2017. According to the reports, next-generation Swift will be debut in July’22 with hybrid technology.
The new Swift will get some new slightly redesigned LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED Tail lamps and the fog lamps are also expected to be LEDs. The character lines on the bodywork will be sharpened so the Swift will seem like a sportier hatchback.
The 2022 Swift will also be based on the HEARTECT platform but Suzuki will make some upgrades to the platform to improve the handling, safety and comfort for occupants.
There is a chance that Swift might grow in dimensions. However, it won’t be a significant growth because then it will have almost the same measurements as the Baleno which would hamper Baleno sales. This is because the Swift sits below the Baleno and if it has almost the same space on offer then people would choose Swift over the Baleno.
Suzuki will also be offering the Swift with mild-hybrid technology. It will be a 48-V mild hybrid system just like we have seen on the Baleno and other Maruti Suzuki vehicles that come with SHVS. The hybrid tech will still come mated to the same 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The hybrid tech will allow for features like torque fill and electric motor idling. As of now, Swift only comes with an idle start/stop system, there is no hybrid tech available.
In Japan, however, the Swift is offered as a full hybrid vehicle where it can cover short distances on electric power only in “EV” mode. This hybrid system is a 12-Volt system.
Suzuki will also be launching a new generation of Swift Sport. It will continue to be offered with a mild-hybrid engine that it is using currently. It is a 1.4-litre K14D Boosterjet petrol engine that produces 129 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 253 Nm.
The 48-Volt battery pack provides power to the WA06B motor that is capable of generating 14 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 53 Nm. Swift Sport is expected to launch in 2023. However, it is highly unlikely that Swift Sport will launch in the Indian market.
Swift in India
The facelifted Swift was recently launched in India. It got minor cosmetic upgrades, some feature additions, new paint schemes and a new engine. The front grille of the Swift was updated with a single chrome slat and a mesh type design. For features, there is a new multi-information display and outside rearview mirrors also are synced with the key fob so when you lock the car they also fold automatically. The AMT gearbox also now comes with Hill Hold Assist and Electronic Stability Program as standard.
The Swift is now powered by a DualJet VVT petrol engine that produces 90 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. That is an increase of 7 PS over the previous one. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. It also comes with an idle start/stop and delivers more fuel efficiency. The Swift now starts at Rs. 5.73 lakhs ex-showroom.