Next gen Maruti Swift and Swift Dzire are touted to be important products to achieve the Indian automaker’s goal of 2 million annual sales by 2020. The firm is reportedly aiming to sell 4.5 lakh units of the new gen hatchback and compact sedan every year. The hatchback is likely to be previewed by a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 in October.
Economic Times reports that the next gen duo would benefit from Suzuki’s new home grown 1.5-litre diesel engine. This engine would coexist with the current 1.3-litre Fiat mill that will gain SHVS Hybrid technology. The new motor in question will comply with the Indian’s sub-4 metre norms and will be the second in-house developed oil burner.
With the new power plant Maruti will be able to catch up with rivals like Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire that have pushed the segment benchmark to a much higher level with their 1.5-litre diesel engines. The 1.5-litre engine is expected to have a significant share in the diesel variant sales, enabling Maruti to have a control over the proportion of 1.3-litre variants for which it needs to pay royalty to Fiat.
The new motor is not likely to be augmented with the SHVS Hybrid technology which adds an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) which offers torque assistance, idle start stop and brake energy regeneration functions. Earlier reports said that the next gen Maruti Swift and Swift Dzire diesel hybrid variants (1.3L) would breach the 30 kmpl mileage mark.