The new Maruti Swift: Bigger, and more fuel-efficient

The 2011 Maruti Swift is just days away from launch, with the car now being previewed by media, and the finer details of the car now emerging after months of speculation. Yes, the Maruti Swift is an all new car, with the entire body being built afresh.

The car will now be available in six variants – three petrol and three diesel, including a top-end diesel ZDi variant. It will be available in six color choices including a new shade of red and blue. So what else is new in the car?

New dimensions

The new Swift is longer and slightly longer and wider than the old Swift. It measures 3,850 mm x 1,695 mm x 1,510 mm (length x width x height), with a wheelbase of 2,430 mm. The current Swift measures 3,760 mm x 1,690 mm x 1,530 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,390 mm.

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Photo: The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will come in 6 different colours

These larger dimensions have freed up valuable legroom in the rear seat, which now has about 28 mm more space, with better shoulder room as well.

Better powertrain

The petrol Swift gets a slightly upgraded 1.2-litre K12 engine. The engine is now equipped with variable valve timing (VVT), which has made it more fuel efficient and more powerful. Power output on the petrol goes up from 84 bhp to 86 bhp at 6,000 rpm, while torque is at 115 Nm at 4,000 rpm from 113 Nm earlier. There’s a subtle change in the gearbox as well, with the detent-pin system used in the diesel SX4 now also being used on the Swift’s gearbox. This makes for a smoother-shifting gearbox.

The engine uses new hydraulic mounts like the SX4, which have improved NVH levels especially in the diesel engine, and made the cabin a lot quieter. There are no power output changes to the 1.3-litre diesel multijet engine. It still puts out 75 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque but fuel efficiency is better.

Better mileage

Maruti claims that the improvements to the engines have improved the overall fuel-efficiency of the car as well. The diesel Swift gives an ARAI-certified mileage of 22.9 kmpl, while the 1.2 petrol engine gives an overall mileage of 18.7 kmpl.

Lighter, stiffer body

Though the new Swift is longer than the outgoing model, Maruti has trimmed the weight by about 30 Kg totally. It has used a plastic-polymer based fuel tank instead of the steel one. The body is also stiffer, which leads to better handling and the suspension too has been strengthened in the front making the car even better in terms of handling.

The ABS unit used in the car is an all-new unit, which is more compact than the one used in the older Swift. Also see our 2011 Swift photo gallery

Added features

The new Swift gets an all new interior design. It still uses a predominantly grey color theme, but the dashboard is completely new. It takes a lot of styling cues from the Maruti Kizashi, with an integrated stereo and neat climate control unit (ZXI and ZDI variants). The top-end Swifts also feature dual airbags and electric mirrors.

There’s a multi-information display between the sporty looking speedometer and tachometer that displays temperature, fuel consumption and trip meters.

Externally, the top-end ZDi and ZXi Swifts run on 15-inch alloy wheels with 185/65 R15 tyres, while the LXi, LDi, VXi and VDi run on 165/80 R14 tyres.

CarToq will bring you a road test of the new Maruti Swift soon and we shall give you a hands on feel of the car. Maruti, though, is going to be extremely busy in the next few months trying to deliver cars to customers, as it has got over 38,000 bookings already for the new Swift. The new Maruti Swift goes on sale on August 17, 2011.