Maruti Suzuki Swift has been one of the largest-selling small cars in the country. First launched here in 2005, the Swift is in its third generation now. The li’l hatchback has a lot going for it, with some of its biggest highlights including a funky exterior styling, frugal yet powerful petrol engine, predictable handling characteristics and a reasonably spacious interior. Some other strong points include easy maintenance and sufficiently good ride quality. However, with the new-gen Swift model already well past the middle of its lifecycle, it’s only obvious it would get a mid-life facelift. And this is something that could happen anytime soon as the leaked brochure photographs of the New Suzuki Swift Facelift have just revealed the front fascia of the upcoming facelifted Swift hatchback for India.
Basically, the brochure photographs are that of the JDM-spec New Suzuki Swift Facelift but they pretty much reveal what the Indian model would look like as even the current version isn’t any different from what’s on sale in our country. As revealed by the leaked brochure photographs, the updated model based on the new-gen Swiftt, which will come to be known as the New Suzuki Swift Facelift, will have minor design tweaks that should help freshen up the aesthetics a bit.
While none of these changes, shown in the leaked images of the updated model based on third-gen Suzuki Swift, is every remotely radical in nature, they do come together pretty well to make the car look a tad more appealing. As is the case with the ongoing version, even the new model will be sold with two different grille patterns – simple horizontal slats and honeycomb pattern. Also, the bumper will be new as it would get a revised lower portion that makes the car look a tad bit sportier.
Also, as seen in the leaked images of the upcoming facelifted Swift hatchback, the front grille looks a tad bit bolder, especially with the larger grille in the honeycomb pattern. On the other hand, the other option for the radiator grille also looks better with the new diamond pattern that looks more attractive in comparison to the previous model. Other than these, the exterior doesn’t seem to get any sort of visual change. The rear seems to have remained completely unaltered and the same can be said for the interior. Still, however, we can expect the India-spec model to come with a new upholstery and a coloured TFT MID positioned between the analogue dials.
The New Suzuki Swift Facelift for the Japanese Domestic Market will be sold in XG, RS, Hybrid MG, Hybrid RS and Hybrid SZ variants. Also, the car will be sold in four new paint options, including Orange, Red, Blue and Yellow. The Hybrid SG, Hybrid MG and XG will get two new colours Orange and Yellow. Also, it should be noted here that while the top of the line Hybrid SZ variant comes equipped with a full-hybrid system, the Hybrid MG and Hybrid RS versions come with a mild-hybrid system. All these details have been revealed by the leaked images we have got here.
Therefore, while the Hybrid MG and Hybrid RS variants feature a silver background Hybrid badge on the tailgates, the Hybrid SZ trim have a badge that will have black background. Details of any sort of mechanical updates in any of the engine variants aren’t available at this point of time. Back when the new-gen Swift was launched in India, it was sold in two engine options – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel. The petrol engine variant is powered by a 1.2-litre K12 motor that offers a maximum power of 84 PS and a peak torque of 113 Nm. The diesel engine, which is no longer available, used to be a Fiat-sourced engine that belted out a maximum power of 75 PS and a peak torque of 200 Nm. Both the engine variants used to be on offer with two transmission options – 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT.
However, with the transition to the BSVI emission norms, the diesel engine variant is no longer available. This is owing to the fast dwindling demand for diesel-powered small cars in India. Hence, the company didn’t find it justifiable to spend on upgrading the diesel engine to meet with the stringent BSVI emission norms. Another interesting bit here is that the recently updated 2020 Dzire also lost its diesel engine with the launch of the facelift but it did gain an updated petrol engine that offers more power. The same engine could even make it to the Swift facelift for India.
The engine in question here is an updated model of the current petrol engine and comes with Dualjet Dual-VVTi setup. This bumps up the power output to 90 PS, while the peak torque, at 113 Nm, stays untouched. Also, the engine comes with an idle start-stop system, which boosts the fuel mileage of the vehicle. Like the 2020 Dzire, the updated model will likely get the same engine with the release of the facelift. The increment in the fuel efficiency will help the company serve to people looking for low running costs with the discontinuation of the diesel engine option. As is the case currently, even the updated engine will be available with two transmission options – 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT
Finally, coming to the dimensions, the Facelifted Maruti Swift will stay completely unchanged in this regard. As before, the hatchback will continue to be a sub-4-metre offering. The Swift measures 3,840 mm in length, 1,735 mm in width and 1,530 mm in height. The wheelbase will continue to measure 1,530 mm, while the boot space, at 268 litre, will stay untouched, too. As this is merely a facelift, the Facelifted Maruti Swift will continue to be underpinned by the lightweight yet rigid HEARTECT platform.
The modern platform plays a vital role in the high fuel efficiency, strong performance, and enjoyable handling characteristics that the Swift offers. As the architecture will remain unchanged, these characteristics will be retained. Moreover, the advent of the more modern engine will only enhance the performance and fuel mileage that the hatchback will offer. As before, the Facelifted Maruti Swift will continue to rival models like the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Ford Figo. However, if anything, the launch of the facelift will only make the small car even a more likeable option for small car buyers in the country. The launch of the Facelifted Maruti Swift will likely take place by the festive season of this year. Prices could see a small increment owing to the better engine. The New Suzuki Swift Facelift will likely launch in the coming weeks and you can stay tuned for details on the upcoming facelifted Swift hatchback. Meanwhile, you can check out the brochure photographs we have here to have a good look at the updated model.
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