The Swift was launched in 2005 and has been a best seller from day one and is one of the largest selling models in India in the mid-range hatchback segment. Despite the ever-increasing competition, Swift has managed to handle onto its numero uno position in this segment and by a significant margin.
To get a fresh lease of life and to continue the dominance, Maruti is planning for a facelift of the Swift. The facelift is expected to include cosmetic enhancements and inclusion of more features. Engines and other mechanicals are not expected to be changed.
Suzuki has already launched a facelifted Swift in the international markets (featured here) and if the Indian model will be based on that, the single biggest (or let’s say noticeable) change is the introduction of L-shaped LED daytime running lamps placed just below the fog lamps. The rear lamps get a modern LED treatment. The front bumper has sharper cuts and the electronically operated ORVMs get integrated turn indicators.
In a mule which was caught last year in October, the test Swift was running with keyless entry, push button start and cruise control. All these three features are expected to make way on the facelifted Swift. (Check spyshots here)
There are rumours that the new Swift facelift might get an automatic AMT gearbox but we believe it may not come so soon. And in a new update at Overdrive.in, the new Swift facelift could be launched as early as July, giving it a head start from the upcoming new i20, Punto and Bolt. Maruti is also working on an update to Dzire which should be launched a few months later.