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- 04:31 pm, March 23, 2013
To put it simply, the new Swift is just like the old one, but better in every possible way. It may look nearly the same as the model it replaces, but that's Suzuki not fixing what ain't broke. What they have fixed though, is the quality of the old model. Maruti Suzuki has rounded off some rough edges, the result being the new Swift feeling like more like a premium car and offering ride and handling quality like that of an European car. In effect, you get the costs of ownership of a Japanese car that rides and handles like a European one. Best of both worlds? You bet.
The new Swift comes with the same diesel engine that made the earlier car so popular. The Fiat-sourced Multijet (DDiS in Maruti speak) engine churns out a similar 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque as the older model. However, it runs a new tuning setup, which helps it return better fuel economy. In terms of performance, the Swift diesel does have to make do with some amount of turbo-lag under 2,000 revs. But floor the throttle hard, let the turbo kick in – and watch this car go like a stabbed rat!
Maruti Suzuki Swift versus competition
First Published on 07:50 pm, July 06, 2012
Sagar is probably one of the most silent kids working in the field of automobile journalism. He loves Porsches more than Ferraris and believes that kicking up dirt and slush is more exciting than laying down rubber on tarmac. The only time he makes noise is when someone questions his state of origin!