First launched in 2005, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has been one of top-selling hatchbacks available in the Indian car market. The country's largest carmaker, MSI launched the facelifted Swift in 2014. The B-segment hatchback received a host of cosmetic updates to both styling and features. Adding to it, the company has also tweaked the engine to offer more fuel efficiency and performance.
The overall silhouette of the new Swift remains the same but now gets a slightly revised bumper. Upfront is a re-designed bumper, silver finishing around the bezel fog lamps, a new honeycomb front grille and large air dam. The electrically foldable ORVMs now gets an integrated turn indicators, while the wheel arches have been fitted to newly designed alloy wheels. The lower-end variants get revised wheel caps. It is available in three exterior shades- Red, Violet and Grey.
Majority of the changes to the Swift is given to its cabin. The vehicle now features foldable rear seat with 60:40 split ratio and new upholstery for seats, front power windows, rear adjustable headrests, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, remote locking, engine start/stop button, and music player with Bluetooth connectivity. The car also gets rear parking sensors, dual airbags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).
The new Suzuki Swift is available in two engine options- a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel. While the petrol engine is capable of producing 83.1bhp of power (2.7bhp less than the previous model) and 114Nm of torque, the oil burner is good for 74bhp of power and 190Nm of torque. A five-speed manual transmission driving the power to front wheels come as standard.
Maruti Suzuki India engineers have tweaked the engines to offer more fuel efficiency. The petrol motor is claimed to offer 10% more fuel efficiency than the previous model. It now delivers an ARAI certified fuel economy of 20.4kmpl. The diesel powertrain is benefitted with tweaked ECU and reduced frictions, which enhances the fuel efficiency by 10 per cent. The oil burner delivers 25.2kmpl of mileage.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift directly rivals against the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai Elite i20, Fiat Punto Evo, Nissan Micra, Renault Scala and soon-to-be-launched Honda Jazz.