India's top-selling hatchback, the Maruti Swift - has been on sale since 2005. The hatchback received a facelift in 2014, which is now equipped with new, advanced features. Launched in the end of 2014, the Swift in its current avatar follows the same design philosophy of the hatchback and the overall profile looks largely identical to the previous model. MSI has tweaked the exterior and interior styling to keep things fresh in the market. As you know, the company has already started working on the next-generation Maruti Swift, which is likely to go on sale by 2016-17. Moreover, Maruti Suzuki India has introduced a new limited edition Swift hatchback namely Swift Glory for the Indian market. This new Swift Glory Limited Edition hatchback is likely to go on sale today.
Maruti Swift Exteriors
The new Maruti Suzuki Swift's overall styling remains the same like before; however, there are some smart tweaks to its exteriors that add to its sporty appeal. The vehicle gets a slightly revised bumper, but the grille and headlamp design remains unchanged. The European-spec model is equipped with L-shaped LEDs, but the India-spec model continues to feature the standard sweptback headlamps. Upfront is newly styled fog lamp housing with a silver bezel surround, and slightly redesigned lower fascia. It is now equipped with electrically adjustable ORVMs with integrated blinkers, chrome finished badging, fog lamps, colored door handles, thin window glasses, and newly styled alloys. At the back, the hatchback gets body coloured bumper and decent looking LED tail lights. The mid-level variants of the Maruti Suzuki Swift features 14-inches steel wheels shod with 165/80 R14 tires, while the top-end models get 15-inches alloys covered with 185/65 R15 tyres.
The new Maruti Swift is currently available in five exterior shades including Mysterious Violet, Pearl Arctic White, Silky Silver, Fire Red, Granite Gray and Glistening Grey.
Maruti Swift Interiors-
Majority of the changes have been given to the cabin of the new Maruti Swift hatchback. The vehicle gets new technological features that are offered with most of its competitors in the market. The hatchback is now equipped with key-less entry and a button start, climate control, faux leather seats and a new music system with Bluetooth, AUX-in and iPod compatibility.
On safety front, the Maruti Swift is equipped with SRS front airbags, braking assist feature, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), front and rear ELR seat belts, highly mounted stop lamps, side impact beams, automatic lock system, etc. Most of these features are only offered with the range-topping model.
Maruti Swift Engine Specifications and Mileage
The Maruti Suzuki Swift hatchback is available with two engine options- 1.2-litre K Series petrol and 1.3-litre Multi-Jet Diesel. While the petrol engine is capable of producing 85bhp of power and 114Nm of torque, the oil burner is good for 74bhp of power and 190Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
The Swift hatchback is currently one of the most fuel efficient hatchbacks available in our market. The company has tweaked both the petrol and diesel engines to achieve higher fuel efficiency. While the petrol Swift is claimed to return an impressive ARAI rated mileage of 20.4kmpl, the diesel model delivers 25.2kmpl.
Maruti Swift Price and Competition
The petrol Swift is priced at INR 4.58 lakh for the base variant and INR 6.17 lakh for the range-topping model, while the diesel model is priced in the range of INR 5.77 lakh to INR 7.21 lakh. This hatchback competes against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10, Chevrolet Beat, Ford Figo, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz.