After multiple leaks that have taken place over the past few weeks, Suzuki has officially taken covers off its all-new Swift. This one, though the Japan specific model, will give you a clear indication as to what to expect the Indian version to look like. Specifications on other hand may vary.
The all-new Swift is based on the Baleno platform, which means that this too has shed a lot of weight, 120 kgs to be precise. This has been done with the help of their new TECT (Total Effective Control Technology) body structure. Talk about going on a diet? Though it has shed weight, it has grown in size. It now has a larger wheelbase at 2450 mm (20 mm more than the older car) and is now 3840 mm long and 1695 mm wide.
There are a large range of engine options on offer in the Japanese version. The one that will most likely make it to the Indian market too is the 1.2 liter K12C unit which produces 90 Bhp and 118 Nm. Also on offer is the 1.0 liter Boosterjet unit which makes 100 Bhp and 150 Nm. If the Baleno RS succeeds in terms of sales, Maruti will consider getting the Boosterjet on other vehicles as well. The Swift petrol also comes with a mild hybrid system. It has a claimed fuel-efficiency figure of 27.4 km/l, which will make it class leading. A 1.3 liter diesel will surely be on offer too.
On the transmission front, you can choose between a manual and an automatic option. For the 2wd version, you have a choice of a CVT or a 5-speed manual. The 4wd version, which won’t be coming to India will be offered only with the CVT. The Boosterjet on the other hand will be offered with a 6-speed autobox with paddle shifters.
On the looks front, the new car has a trapezoidal front grill, similar to what is offered on the Audis. While the normal version gets a single grill, the RS version gets a slat right in the center, separating the grill into two parts. The RS version also gains larger alloys, a body kit consisting of a front spoiler, side skirts and an exclusive colour option. On the side, the Swift now has the rear door handle in the window housing, something that is there on the Beat too. The rear gets a larger tail lamp cluster and a newly designed rear bumper and tail gate.
On the inside, there is an all-new touch screen infotainment system that will have the ability to sync with your Apple device. Details on whether Android auto will also be got are yet unknown. There is a new flat bottom steering wheel on offer that looks really sporty and a new instrument cluster has been added which has similar dials like the one offered on the Baleno. On the safety front, the new Swift in Japan gets 6 airbags, ABS + EBD, rear parking camera and sensors, ESP, LED DRLs and an option of lane departure warning and dual camera brake support. Overall, given how much India loved the current Swift, we believe the craze for the new one is going to be much higher.
We will only be getting this vehicle later next year, near the festive season. However the Dzire, which will have similar styling is expected to be launched by April/May next year, before the launch of the new Swift hatch.