Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview & Driving Dynamics

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

The 3rd generation of an absolute icon – the very popular new Maruti Suzuki Swift – India’s most loved hatchback – is here. The new 2018 Swift adds some oomph and also a lot of modernity. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift certainly looks really contemporary straight away. And a lot of that modernity is really coming in from the daytime running lights or DRL. The entire headlamp cluster is well finished. The car’s rear sports taillights that wrap around the fenders and complement the new design up front.

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The two-tone 15″ alloys (only on the ZXi+ or ZDI+) are nicely finished. The new 2018 Swift is 40 mm wider, has a 20 mm longer wheelbase, 58 litres more cargo space in the boot, and yet sits 10 mm shorter than the outgoing car. The orange paintwork on my first test car (ZXi+ petrol manual) is a new shade – Lucent Orange. There’s a new dark midnight blue, dark grey, white, silver, and the trademark solid red. And yes I have that with me too. The Fire red car with me is the ZDi AGS or automatic. That’s a first for Maruti Suzuki – offering petrol and diesel with automatic at the very start on the 2018 Swift. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Design

Clearly, this is a new Swift. Every design detail and shape has been changed. Still, it manages to retain a silhouette that is unmistakable for anything but a Swift. The front end is fairly familiar, as we’ve seen it before on the new Dzire. However, the Swift’s bumper and grille design are a bit different, and it’s missing the chrome elements from its sedan counterpart. And that makes the front of this new hatchback look a bit mundane. The LED headlights with LED DRLs do look great, but unfortunately, they’re only available on the Z+ variant. And the conventional headlights… well, they’re a bit too plain. The familiar Swift elements such as the flared wheel arches are there, but they now feel a bit better integrated into the car’s rounded shape. It does look pretty good from its side profile though, with its blacked out A and B pillars, and semi-blacked out C pillar. That gives it even more of a floating roof effect than before, and the body-coloured part of the C-pillar does have a lovely fin shape to it.

The top-spec Z+ variant also gets the 15” precision-cut alloy wheels, which if we’re being honest, look a bit chintzy. We really do prefer the more conventional look of the 15” alloys from the Z variant. The look at the back is most distinctive though, and that’s where it deviates the most from the Swift of old. The squared tail lights with their C-shaped LED strips look great and have a Mini-esque quality to them. Overall though, this new Swift doesn’t stand out amongst the crowd as much as the original one did – there’s little “wow” factor here. But the overall design is inoffensive and should have a fairly broad appeal.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cabin

The Swift gets an all-black cabin with deep grey inserts on the dashboard and the steering wheel. While the cabin does look sporty and better put together than before, it’s still very much like other Maruti Suzuki cars in terms of the plastic quality and materials used. An important thing to mention here is that the dashboard design now is not a carbon copy of the Dzire. The aircon vents in the middle, for example, are circular in shape in the Swift while they’re trapezoidal in the Dzire. The aircon knobs of the Swift are also circular and different from the ones on its compact sedan sibling. These are also more premium-looking and can be operated without taking eyes off the road. Overall, even though the Swift shares a lot of interior components with the Dzire, it’s now unique in its own ways.

The front seats are very supportive and are cushioned at the right places — around the back, shoulders and the lumbar. The driver’s seat is adjustable for height but the steering is only adjustable for rake. A telescopic steering would have been a welcome addition, especially since taller drivers can take the liberty to stretch their legs further, thanks to more leg space at the front compared to the outgoing model. The view out from the front seat is excellent with the upright A-pillar not hindering side vision at all. Turning the Swift or parking it front-first will be easy for most drivers.

Lack of knee room at the rear was one of the shortcomings of the previous generation Swift and that has been addressed in the new version. Thanks to the new Heartect platform, there’s more space inside the cabin as the wheelbase has improved by 20mm. It is now possible for two adults, at least 5’8”, to sit one behind the other without compromising on rear knee room. The boot space has also improved by 58 litres although the loading lip is inconveniently high. Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift in origo2000

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

Maruti Suzuki has gone with its tried and tested duo of engines, the 1.2 K12 petrol and the 1.3 DDiS or Fiat-derived diesel multijet. Many of us motoring hacks are going to get hassled about this – and ask why we aren’t getting new engines. This is the 3rd Swift with the same engines! But think about it from the market and the buyers’ point of view and Maruti doesn’t need to bother! Nothing wrong with these engines. They are nice and efficient; peppy and exciting to drive. But it would still have been nice to have new engines! The petrol engine comes across as refined and well tuned, but its character is rather predictable given how well we know it from the old Swift and the Baleno, and the Ignis. I have driven the new Swift in Europe with the 1-litre boosterjet engine and I have to say that the car is an admirable performer. The engine is raring to go and I really wish that we had that as the standard engine here. Having said that the 1.2 certainly delivers the goods. It’s pretty quick, it’s nice and responsive with the manual gearbox, it gives you pretty satisfying performance and is really the pick of the pack for me when it comes to the four drivetrain iterations that we are getting.

Remember that you also get the AGS or the AMT version with the petrol and diesel engines On the petrol you get 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. We live in hope as there is an indication from Suzuki Japan that India will get the Swift Sport and also likely the petrol-electric hybrid model. So I do think that between now and 2020 Maruti will keep exciting us with much fun on the petrol Swift. Of course there could be some customisation fun too with the contrast roof and other goodies being considered in the future as well. After all the Swift has been a model that’s traditionally been the most heavily customised by Maruti buyers.

The diesel engine itself is an absolute gem. It certainly does the job, and has ample torque on it – 190 Nm and the power output is 74 bhp. All numbers are completely unchanged from the outgoing model. The diesel manual should have got the 90 bhp tune on the engine in my opinion. It would have created a superb separation between the AMT and manual too. That would also have created some fun and added to the car’s sporty appeal. That said the 74 bhp version is certainly not dull, though the AMT can be. The AMT takes some getting used to and is very convenient to have in city traffic of course. What I would have liked to see of course is Maruti offering the top end also as an option with the AMT. Another miss. The AMT is definitely a lot smoother and changes are quicker than what we have seen on Maruti’s first AGS. The drivetrain feels almost exactly like it does on the new Dzire though and again I feel Maruti should have done more to give the Swift its own character. Check for low interest car loans on Maruti Swift at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Rideing

The original Swift quickly became a hit amongst enthusiasts thanks to its brilliant handling abilities. Its chuckable nature made it a lot of fun to throw around corners, and it was reasonably planted through the turns as well. Sadly, these nippy handling characteristics of the car were watered down in the second generation model, in a bid to make it more “family friendly”. But we’re really glad to say that this new Swift brings back the original’s handling prowess, and then some.

The new Heartec chassis and revised suspension all around have made the Swift a much more able handler than it ever was. You can just throw it into a corner and the car responds with gusto. Turn the steering and the nose rapidly points exactly where you wanted it to. But the bigger surprise here is that no matter how fast you enter a corner, there is absolutely no sign of understeer – the Swift just holds its line. There is no sign of wallowing through the bends either, thanks to the new suspension setup. And even the Bridgestone Ecopia tyres (185/65 R15 on the Z and Z+ variants) do a great job of providing plenty of grip. They do tend to make a bit of squealing noise when you go really hard on the brakes though, but that’s the only real drama they throw your way.

Even on the brakes, the chassis maintains its composure really well, giving you the confidence to drive harder and faster. In our short drive up and down the winding roads at Aamby Valley, the only limiting factor of how fast this Swift could corner was our own ability… and courage.The only slight concern here was the lack of feedback from the steering. It’s a real struggle to figure out what the front wheels are doing – something that has been the scene with the second generation Swift as well. This vague front feel was alleviated a little on the diesel variant, thanks to a bit more weight on the front end. With this Swift, you have to learn to trust the chassis too, but when you do, it really pays off.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

Safety features for the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 include dual front airbags, ABS along with EBD, Isofix child seat, brake assist and others. The braking duties are handled by the disc brakes towards the front along with the drum brakes towards the rear end.The new Swift will be available in 4 variants – L, V, Z, and Z+. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, front seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, and Isofix child seat anchors are standard across the variant lineup. AMT will be available in the V and Z variants only. The top Z+ variant of the Swift gets the following features:

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 5,87,557 to 9,60,760 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Swift price in Ahmedabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Round Up

Maruti Suzuki delayed the launch of the Swift in India by bringing in its compact sedan sibling, the Dzire, first, which gave us an idea of what to expect from the third-generation Swift. Being based on the Heartect platform has made it a better dynamic package than before with additional room in the cabin as well. What was always missing on the Swift, an automatic transmission, is also there now.

What was unexpected is how Maruti Suzuki has given the Swift its original sporty character that takes this hatchback off the safe path that Maruti could have chosen to follow. The big question, then, is – is the third-generation Swift better than the one that it replaces? While the Swift has become more practical, it is the additional fun to drive quotient that makes it standout this time around. The new-gen Swift, then, is a package that is more of the same, sensible and exciting.

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