Current gen Maruti Swift was launched back in early 2018 and will soon get a facelift
With the Dzire facelift already launched in India, it is now time for Maruti to launch the Swift facelift. Back in May 2017, the new gen Dzire was launched, and a couple of months later, new Swift was launched. With the same timeline in mind, expect the Maruti Swift facelift to arrive before Diwali 2020.
Images of what is believed to be the facelifted version of Suzuki Swift has surfaced online from Japan. The popular hatchback is due for a mid-life refresh internationally and this new reveal that nothing much is going to change.
Visually, the 2020 Maruti Swift is set to receive new honeycomb meshing for radiator grille along with a prominent chrome strip. The front bumper appears to have received a subtle tweak while rest of the car remains more or less untouched. The model spotted also receives dual-tone alloy wheels although it remains to be seen if it will make it India or not.
We expect the Maruti Swift facelift to retain its interior without much changes. The hatchback may receive new seat fabrics and accents. The existing SmartPlay 7.0-inch touchscreen system is most likely to be retained. Maruti may throw in a few additional features to maintain the popular hatchback’s appeal.
Major change, however, will come in the form of powertrain lineup. The new Maruti Swift is expected to receive the 1.2-liter K12N DualJet petrol motor which was introduced in the updated Dzire compact sedan earlier this year.
The BS6-compliant petrol engine produces 90 hp (7 hp more than the older K12M engine) and 113 Nm of torque. Both 5-speed manual gearbox and 5-speed AMT are expected to be on offer. The new motor will benefit from start/stop system, so expect the fuel economy to be slightly better than the outgoing motor which was rated at 21.21 kmpl by ARAI.
As we know, Maruti will no longer offer the FCA-sourced 1.3-liter diesel motor in this BS6 era. The Swift will be a petrol-only model, at least for the foreseeable future. The 2020 Maruti Swift facelift is expected to be introduced in second half of this year with a slight hike in prices. The hatchback will continue to rival the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Tata Tiago and Ford Figo.
The Maruti Swift has been one of the best selling cars in India for a long time and we expect it to maintain the status quo this year as well. Maruti registered 0 sales (dispatch) during April due to nation-wide lockdown. Owing to poor customer sentiment, we expect car sales in general to to be dull for a good part of this year. This is sure to affect India’s largest passenger car maker significantly but if at all there is one OEM which knows Indian customers well, it is Maruti Suzuki.