Maruti Suzuki unveils third generation Swift hatchback

Maruti Suzuki Swift Auto Expo 2018

The front will have projector headlamps, with LED DRLs on the higher variants. The steering wheel on the Suzuki Swift comes with media and other controls letting you interact with the infotainment without getting distracted.

The development cost for this model of Swift is over ₹700 crore and "the hatchback comes with around 98% localisation", the company said.

Since the launch of Swift in 2005, the model saw the sale of 1.8 million units till date.

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift is underpinned by the fifth-generation HEARTECT platform, which has been used in the new Baleno and Dzire. The flat-bottom wheels give a sporty look to the auto while the dual-pod instrument cluster appears premium.

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Maruti Suziki Swift's new model still looks like the older vehicle but is more aerodynamic and has a higher wheelbags, so there's a little more space for the rear seat passengers. The petrol option will have a 1.2-litre engine, while the diesel variants will have a 1.3-litre engine. The 1.3-litre DDiS oil burner is capable of producing 74 BHP of maximum power and 190 Nm of peak torque. Both the variants come with either a 5-speed manual or an AMT (Automated manual transmission) options.

For the first time, Swift offers the auto gear shift technology. The automatic technology delivers better fuel efficiency as well as hassle-free driving. It comes with dual-airbags and ABS as standard and even adheres to all the safety regulations that will come into effect in India soon. The new Swift cleared all the safety ahead of schedule, Ayukawa said.

There are total six variants of the Petrol version: four of petrol manual consisting of LXi (Rs 4.99 lakh), VXi (Rs 5.87 lakh), ZXi (Rs 6.49 lakh), and ZXi (Rs 7.29 lakh); two of petrol automatic - VXi (Rs 6.34 lakh) and ZXi (Rs 6.96 lakh). The much-awaited all-new Swift ranges between Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 8.29 lakh in an ex-showroom price range.

The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift could be booked at authorised dealerships for a token amount of Rs 11,000.

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