Maruti Swift is one of the best hatchbacks that you can buy currently. It is due for a facelift soon, but reports suggest that an all-new Swift is in the development already. Read on for the full story.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the Indian auto market ever since its introduction in the Indian market. Its combination of a well-balanced ride and handling, peppy and efficient engine, attractive prices, and Maruti’s strong after-sales and service network make it one of the go-to buys in its segment. The Swift is currently in its third generation, and it has received a mid-life facelift globally, late last year. The facelifted version is being readied up for an Indian launch in the first half of 2021.
Now, as per reports from Japanese media, Suzuki is already developing the fourth generation of the Swift and is slated for a global launch around mid-2022 followed by an Indian launch during Diwali 2022 or early 2023. The upcoming generation of the Swift will be based on an upgraded version of the Heartect platform that the current model uses. Powertrain wise, it will be coming with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine which will be coming in India with the facelifted third-gen Swift this year. The engine makes peak power and torque figures of 90 PS and 113 Nm respectively, and it is mated to a 5-speed manual.
Reports suggest that a hybrid version of the 1.2-litre petrol unit is also expected to be an option on the facelifted Maruti Swift. A full-hybrid unit was showcased at the 2020 Indian AutoExpo. Although, it is yet to be confirmed whether it will be the same full-hybrid unit or a mild hybrid version, instead. The full hybrid system is expected to offer better fuel-efficiency figures. Internationally, Swift also gets a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit as well. The Indian version of the upcoming Swift facelift will be offered with an AMT while globally it is offered with a CVT.
Visually, the next-generation Maruti Swift is expected to retain the overall silhouette but will come with some visual tweaks and design features. Expect the new model to come with features like an all-digital instrument cluster, bigger touchscreen infotainment system with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Prices for the Maruti Swift currently start from Rs 5.49 lakh for the base-spec LXI trim, going up to Rs 8.02 lakh for the top-end ZXI+ trim with the AMT box.