The new generation Maruti Swift which is currently in the advanced stages of testing will make its world premiere in March 2017. Obviously, 2017 Geneva Motor Show would serve as the launch pad for the global hatchback which will continue to have India as its primary market.
The new Maruti Swift is based on the same Baleno platform, which has made the car lighter and safer than the existing car’s platform. A mix of new and existing engines would constitute the powertrain lineup. Kerb weight of the new Swift will be at 830-930 kgs.
As per a leaked report from Japan’s LiveDoor, Suzuki will offer the 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine with the SHVS mild hybrid system. This will be offered in two variants – one with CVT gearbox, the other with 5 speed MT. Power output is expected to be at 91 PS.
Another engine option on offer will be the new 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbo petrol. This is the same engine which is offered with the Baleno, but will be detuned. Aboard the Baleno this engine offers 110 PS, while on the Swift this engine will offer 102 PS. Transmission will be taken care by a 6 speed AT. The company will also come up with the Swift Sport at a later stage. The performance derivative is expected to be powered by a 1.4-litre BoosterJet turbo petrol engine which will deliver 140 PS as peak power.
In markets like India, the Swift will also be offered with a diesel engine. The current 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced oil burner is likely to be replaced by a new homegrown unit displacing 1.5-litre. The new Swift will be available with both manual and automatic transmission options.
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The new Maruti Swift would be crucial for the automaker to maintain its lead in the Indian B-segment. The car will also spawn a new Dzire sub-4m sedan, which has already been spied testing on Indian roads.
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