Last month, Maruti Swift has seen a massive drop of 75 per cent in sales on a year-on-year basis. The hatchback ranked 6th in June's hatchback sales chart.
Since its launch, Maruti Swift has always been one of the best-selling hatchback models in India. The Swift attracts a lot of buyers towards itself, thanks to its good looks, high fuel efficiency along with a peppy engine. In recent years, Maruti Swift has always managed to stay in the top five best-selling hatchbacks in the Indian market. However last month, Maruti Swift has dropped to the sixth position for the first time after many years.
Maruti Swift is now out of the top five best-selling hatchbacks in India
According to the statistics, the Maruti Swift’s sales registered a massive drop of 75 per cent in year-on-year sales growth. In the same month last year, Maruti sold over 16,000 units of the premium hatchback while this year, only 4013 units were retailed. It is now the sixth best-selling car within the hatchback segment. If total sales of the Indian auto marker is to be considered, the hatchback has even disappeared from the top ten best-selling vehicles.
Car manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki are trying to regain the sales momentum after the low sales figures due to the extended lockdown. However, the situation does not seem to look brighter for most car brands. The year-on-year growth of various car manufacturers has gone down by 30 to 50 per cent. Only some car brands have managed to escape this situation to a certain extent, thanks to the launch of new vehicles.
Maruti Swift received its last major update in 2018. After the discontinuation of 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine owing to the new emission norms, this hatchback is currently available with a petrol engine only. It is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine, which generates a max power output of 83 PS and peak torque of 113 Nm. This engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT.
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It is expected that a hybrid variant will soon make its debut in the Swift’s line-up. The new hybrid engine will be based on the existing 1.3-litre petrol engine. Similar to the Dzire and Baleno hybrid, the hybrid Swift will come with the SHVS technology, which helps in increasing the fuel efficiency and enhance the power output. The introduction of a new hybrid version will be tagged along with the launch of a minor facelift.