The outgoing avatar of the Swift has been hammering along since 2018, and it was now time for an update. Maruti Suzuki decided it would do that by bringing in the global-spec, latest version of the hatchback to India. However, the car we get here has been ‘modified’ a little keeping our market in mind. Being the cash cow that it is for Maruti Suzuki, Swift will continue to lead the way for the brand for a long time. And in its updated iteration, the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift offers buyers a few extra features for a little extra money. As before, the facelifted Swift will be sold in four variants – LXI, VXI, ZXI, and ZXI+.
Speaking at the launch was Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited. He said,
“Since its launch in 2005, Swift has revolutionized the premium hatchback segment in India. Swift with its sporty performance, upright stance, and unmistakable road presence emphasizes individuality that stands out from the crowd. This ‘coming of the age’ car was designed keeping in mind the evolved preferences of the modern-day customer. Over the years, Swift has earned the warmth of nearly 2.4 million customers. The new Swift takes this legacy a notch higher with a new powerful K-series engine, sportier dual-tone exterior, best-in-class fuel efficiency, and enhanced safety features. We thank our customers for their unwavering support throughout and are confident that the new Swift will also win the appreciation of our customers.”
Prices of the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift start from Rs 5.73 Lakh for the entry-level LXI variant. Meanwhile, the range-topping ZXI+ (AMT) Dual Tone will set you back by Rs 8.41 Lakh. Note that these are ex-showroom, Delhi prices. Now let’s get to some of the main bits that have made their way with the latest facelift of the Swift. Coming to the exterior, the most apparent visual difference between the new model and the old can be seen at the front. The 2021 Swift sports a new grille design featuring a studded pattern and a thick chrome bar in the middle. Right on top of that chrome bar and taking prominence is a large Suzuki logo.
Maruti Suzuki is offering customers of the 2021 Swift a few new dual-tone color options, too. The colors include Solid Fire Red with Pearl Midnight Black, Pearl Arctic White with Pearl Midnight Black, and Pearl Metallic Midnight Blue with Pearl Arctic White. Of the four variants, only the top-of-the-line ZXI+ is available with the dual-tone paint job – costing a premium of Rs 14,000 over the single-tone options. However, keeping the colors aside, the rest of the exterior of the 2021 Swift looks pretty much identical to its pre-facelift avatar. It would have been great if Maruti Suzuki had at least changed the design of the alloy wheels. Alas, the automaker seems to have chosen not to do that.
The interior of the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift has also not been changed much. It sports the same sporty yet adequately modern design as its predecessor though the seat upholstery is somewhat new. To brighten up the cabin, the 2021 Swift gets some shiny silver trim on select areas. In its top ZXI+ (AMT) form, the facelifted Swift also adds new features like cruise control, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Hold Assist, power-folding door mirrors, and a color multi-information display. Meanwhile, the mid-spec VXI variant adds a new and more modern audio head unit known as “feather-touch”. Speaking of head units, the 2021 Swift ZXI variants come fitted with the brand’s 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The SmartPlay Studio infotainment system is fully compatible with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Moreover, it also allows users to perform a few remote functions using the SmartPlay Studio app on their smartphones. Some of the other equipment found on the new Swift’s higher trims include items such as automatic climate control, Smart Key with push-button start, a reversing camera, front fog lamps, and automatic LED headlamps. All variants of the 2021 Swift come with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ISOFIX anchorages, and rear parking sensors.
Under the hood, the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift soldiers on with the same 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol engine as before. However, it has now been tuned to deliver 89hp (7hp more than the old car) – torque remains unchanged at 113Nm.
As for transmission choices, customers can choose between a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. Despite being slightly more powerful, the 2021 Swift has improved fuel economy ratings than its predecessor. According to official data, the Swift can now return 23.20 kmpl and 23.76 kmpl for the manual and AMT versions, respectively. The chief rivals of the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift continue to be the Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios.