Maruti Suzuki has released an interesting video about the 2018 all-new Swift, called the ‘No Word Review’. This video was shot during the first drive event of the car that happened last month at Lonavala, Pune. In this video, a few automotive journalists – wearing brain activity trackers also known as neuro-sensors – were given the all-new Swift to drive. While driving, their brain signals corresponding to different emotions such as excitement, relaxation, interest and engagement were noted.
Maruti found that engagement levels shot up to 87 basis points on an average when the Swift was being driven. Excitement level was higher, with an average of 90 basis points. Based on this, Maruti says thay the journalists expressed that the new Swift was engaging and exciting, even without saying a single word. This neuro-sensing activity is something that has not been done with other cars. So, it’s hard to say how much more exciting the new Swift is when compared to competition, using only the neuro-sensor outputs as the benchmark.
However, we do know that the new Swift is more engaging to drive than the older model as it has become more than 80 kilograms lighter than the version it replaces. The new Swift is offered with 2 engine options – a 1.2 liter K-Series petrol with 82 Bhp and 113 Nm outputs, and a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel with 74 Bhp and 190 Nm. The petrol engine is free revving and more fun to drive hard around curves, while the diesel engine is more punchier and offers better feel while accelerating in the straight line.
5 speed manual gearboxes are standard on the Swift and 5 speed AMTs are offered as options on both the petrol and diesel engines. Maruti recently launched the new Swift at the 2018 Auto Expo, with prices starting from Rs. 4.99 lakhs – not too different from that of the outgoing version. Bookings of the Swift have raced past the 50,000 mark and the company has revealed that the AMT version is also facing high-demand. Maruti builds the new Swift at its Hansalpur factory in Gujarat.
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