Take a look at this example of the 1989 Suzuki Swift. Don't you think that Maruti Swift has come too far from its original design?
Maruti Swift is one of the best-selling cars in the country. The Swift badge was introduced in the Indian market in the year 2005. It managed to grab the attention of buyers for its sharp handling and peppy engine. Even today, Swift is acknowledged for its enthusiast-friendly nature. In the late 19th century, Suzuki sold the Swift as Cultus in select international markets. Here’s one example of the 1989 Suzuki Swift, which we came across via the social media account of Parked in Bangalore.
Suzuki has been following the practice of selling a car with different names in different markets. The case was the same with the Cultus and Swift. In the Australian and European market, the Cultus was sold as Swift and Swift Cino. A quick glance at these pictures is enough to reveal that it is the hatchback version of the Maruti Esteem that was sold in the Indian market. Well, Suzuki sold the Esteem as Swift Sedan abroad. While this invites a lot of confusion, it is great to see that this particular example is still in working condition.
It seems to be a private import from an LHD market. Powering this 1989 Suzuki Swift is a 1.0L 3-pot petrol motor that develops 52 HP only. Interestingly, it features a 3-speed automatic gearbox. The Swift or Cultus sold in the late 90s were known for their high fuel efficiency and not performance.
Currently, the Maruti Swift is on sale in the Indian market in its 3rd-gen avatar. It comes with a more modern 1.2L K-series Dualjet motor that pumps out 90 PS of peak power and 113 Nm of max torque. It is available with two gearbox options – 5-speed MT and 5-speed AMT. It returns a class-leading fuel efficiency of 23.20 kmpl with the manual gearbox and 23.76 kmpl with the AMT in place. Maruti also offers it with an automatic start-stop system that turns the engine off when idling for long durations. Talking of the prices, Swift retails at a start price of Rs. 5.73 lakh for the base variant, which goes up to Rs. 8.41 lakh range-topping trim.