The new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift has skipped its Thailand debut, which was expected to take place at the 2017 Bangkok Motor Show. Instead, what we see here is a new RX-II kitted Swift, based on the current generation Swift.
Seen in two colours of Red and Black, the sporty looking Suzuki Swift RX-II is seen with projector headlamps in the front, LED DRL, glossy black alloys, LED taillights, RX-II badge at the rear and new roof spoiler with stop light.
On the inside, you can see all black dashboard with dual tone fabric seats. The steering wheel gets leather stitching while instrument cluster features black dials with silver border. On the feature front, it is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, 4 inch infotainment system with AUX, USB and Bluetooth compatibility, steering mounted controls and much more.
Powering the Swift RX-II edition is a 1.2 liter petrol four cylinder motor mated to an automatic transmission. This motor drives the front wheels. It delivers 91 PS of power and 118 Nm of torque. Diesel motor option is not on offer.
With the new generation Swift expected to be launched in India later this year, the Swift RX-II edition is not going to be launched in India as it is based on the current generation Swift. Instead of spending time and effort in launching a sporty variant of current Swift, Maruti would prefer to launch the much awaited new generation Swift.
With the new generation Swift, Maruti is also expected to offer AMT option, along with manual 5 speed gearbox. Given that Maruti’s AMT supplier Magneti Marelli now has an operational AMT plant in Manesar, it’s only matter of time before the automaker launches more clutchless models.
The introduction of AMT is expected to increase the already popular Swift’s appeal even further. However, it remains to be seen whether the mechanized gearbox will be offered in petrol variant or diesel variant. The Swift in India will continue to be powered by 84 PS 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 75 PS 1.3-litre diesel engines. The AMT is most likely to be available with the diesel engine.