Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

Maruti Suzuki has launched the new Swift in India at the Auto Expo 2018. The prices for the new Maruti Swift start at Rs 4.99 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 8.29 lakh for the top-spec model. All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi). The 2018 Maruti Swift sports a new exterior and interior design with several premium features. So, what is ‘new’ in the 2018 Maruti Swift? Let’s find out in this first look review of the new Swift model. View offer on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Swift Look

So, when time came to refresh it in 2011, Maruti Suzuki didn’t do much – just a slight nip and tuck. Because, well, why mess with a good thing? It goes back to that old adage: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ But, with the latest generation, they’ve left absolutely nothing untouched. The Swift, which felt like it was ageing of late, has been completely revamped – inside and out.

At its heart is Maruti Suzuki’s Heartect platform that also underpins the Baleno and, of course, the Dzire. In its transformation, the Swift loses 80kgs over the previous gen – which should ensure that it remains as agile as ever. But, before we get into that, we should address the way it looks – because it happened to think that it looks like a million bucks. At the front, it appears to be inspired by the Jaguar F-Type sports car. And, if you’re going to take inspiration, you may as well be inspired by some of Ian Callum’s best handiwork.

On the whole, though, the design of the Swift looks very cohesive. The upright A-pillar and floating roof remain. But now the rear door handle lives in the C-pillar, which gives the Swift a genuine coupe-like stance in profile. At the rear too it looks equally stylish, with a distinctive LED taillight pattern. We drove the fully loaded Zdi+ for the most part, and it came with a set of very distinctive alloys as well as LED projector headlights – all of which add to the visual appeal. I never thought we’d say this about a Swift, but it’s actually a very pretty car – quite exuberant in bright red, and quite grown up, mature even, in the deep blue of our test car.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort

Step inside, and you will sense the familiar environment of Maruti. Swift shares its dashboard with the Dzire with changes in details such as round central air cons instead of angular ones and many more. All-black theme inside makes a distinct appeal while hooded instrument panel gets smart red detailing. The Swift comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features include auto climate control, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, steering mounted audio controls and push start/stop button. Seating position is driver friendly while seats are large and well cushioned.

Inside, you can find Suzuki’s signature design and feature all across the cabin. The car features an all-black interior theme while the seats are now better contoured for comfort. The curved panels and flat-bottomed steering wheels are special and exclusive to the Swift. Maruti Suzuki Swift comes loaded with features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist along with ISOFIX child seat anchors as standard. Other features include engine immobilizer, rear wiper, automatic headlamps, central locking and turn indicators on ORVMs.

Further, the feature list includes automatic climate control, engine start-stop button with smart key and integrated SmartPlay infotainment system that connects with Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, and Mirror Link. The same 7-inch touchscreen system also gets Navigation with Aux-In, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and visuals for rear parking camera. Maruti has also given room for smaller options such as cooled glovebox, large front door pockets while facilities such as 12V charging points, 2 cupholders, luggage room lamp and 60:40 rear seat split makes the car more tempting.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Gearbox

The tried and tested duo; 1.2L petrol and the 1.3L DDiS diesel engines continue to serve the car. The 1.2L petrol mill churns out 82bhp and returns peak torque of 113Nm, while 1.3L diesel motor generates power output of 74bhp and yields the peak torque of 190Nm. Apart from the manual 5-speed transmission, the carmaker has addressed the long-standing demand of automatic transmission this time around with both diesel and petrol engines given the power of automatic.

The refinement levels of the petrol engine are excellent and feel more alive and peppy at low speeds. As the diesel is shown to have more interest in kmpl rather than kmph, the performance at low speed is fair and adequate. The performance at high speed though is brilliant and the high-mileage consumer will certainly appreciate it.The lower kerb weight of the car puts less load on the engine, hence, greater fuel economy. The petrol variant of Swift returns ARAI certified mileage of 22kmpl, 8 percent more frugal than the earlier model. The diesel version, on the other hand, makes the car as the most fuel efficient in the country with the ARAI certified mileage of 28.4kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Rideing

At triple-digit speeds, the Swift is extremely stable on the highway. NVH levels are pretty good too. There’s a little bit of wind noise, but other than that this is a very comfortable car in which to cruise on the highway. Which brings me back to my point of the Baleno being the Swift’s main competitor – and, therefore, initiating cannibalisation on a potentially greater scale than current exists within the Maruti Suzuki fleet. The reverse argument is that the two models coexist just fine at present, and the Swift has simply gone on to become far more refined and grown up than before. The suspension has been tuned for sportier performance and comfort. The wonderful thing is that irrespective of the fast entering at corners the car shows absolutely no sign of understeer. The car exhibits excellent body control while the bump absorption is pretty much impressive, thanks to the Heartec chassis and revamped suspension.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

The safety features of the new Swift include dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and IsoFix child seat mounts as standard across the range. The top-spec variants of the new Swift also come with reverse parking camera and sensors, day and night adjustable IRVM and speed-sensitive automatic door lock.The new Maruti Swift comes loaded with features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirroLink. Other prominent features include engine Start/Stop button, keyless entry with smart key, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps and electrically adjustable ORVMs.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,16,310/- (Swift LXI) to 8,29,000/- (Swift ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Swift from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Swift price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Swift Bottomline

If you always loved the Swift for its sporty character, you may have to wait until a slightly more driver-focussed variant is launched later in the year. The Swift Sport, unfortunately, seems unlikely, but Maruti will nevertheless likely launch a hotter version of the Swift in the coming months. In the meantime, if you want a car that is very pretty indeed, extremely well built, comfortable and refined, you simply can’t go wrong with the new Swift. It’s just that good. Again! The new Swift will be launched at the Auto Expo in early February, but bookings are already open – so you better make a beeline to your nearest Maruti dealer to avoid months of waiting for the variant of your choice.

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