Maruti Suzuki Swift was launched in India in 2005 and nine years down the line it still remains one of the best selling cars across all segments! It has seen upgrades from time to time and that has kept the car to hold its own amidst the latest launches from competing manufacturers.
It’s the whole package – good looks, fun-to-drive, reliable, and low cost of ownership – that makes it so endearing to the buyers in this segment. Now, the latest facelift, considered to be just a cosmetic job by many, is certainly more than that. Let’s take a look.
New Swift’s engines
The Swift retains both the petrol and diesel engines of the outgoing car but there are subtle, but important, differences. The 1.2-litre petrol engine now makes 83.1 bhp instead of the earlier 85.8 bhp in the interest of fuel consumption which now stands at 20.4 km/l against the outgoing car’s 18.6 km/l. The peak power is now produced at 6,000 rpm which is 200 revs less than before. The drop in power is compensated by an increment in the torque output which is now 115 Nm. It’s only a gain of one unit but it has to be mentioned. It still comes at 4,000 revs and there are no changes made to the five-speed manual gearbox. Yes, no AMT for now.
There are no power or torque changes in the new Swift diesel and it continues to put out 74 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm. However, Maruti claims that it has fiddled with the ECU and also reduced friction to achieve 10 per cent higher fuel efficiency, which is now 25.2 km/l. The outgoing car used to yield 22.9 km/l (all ARAI figures).
New Swift’s Exterior and Interior
What’s a facelift without a new face, right? The new car gets a new honeycomb front grille and the front bumper has been redesigned too. Silver L-shaped inserts around the fog lamps are a nice touch while the bigger air-dam lends aggressiveness to the frontal design. New alloy wheels on top-end petrol and diesel and new wheel caps on the base and mid-variants comprise the changes on the outside.
The interior sees more in comparison, as other than the existing features in all variants the new car gets the following:
- Base LXi and LDi get adjustable headrests for the rear seats too while the rear seat itself now comes with 60:40 split facility.
- Maruti has introduced a new variant of the Swift petrol – LXi (O). Along with the LXi features, the option pack gets you front power windows and remote locking. This is a very thoughtful addition as now, you can get standard power windows fitted which are factory fitted instead of getting them installed by your local dealer.
- The mid trims, VXi in petrol and VDi in diesel, come with an audio system and electrically-adjustable outside rear view mirrors. Strangely, only the VDi gets ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and Brake Assist while the more powerful petrol doesn’t!
- The top-end petrol and diesel, the ZXi and ZDi, respectively, along with all features of the mid-variants, also get push-button engine Start/Stop, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, and rear parking sensors. Oh yes, both these variants get dual airbags and ABS with EBD and Brake Assist.
New Swift Prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
- Swift Lxi – INR 4.42 lakh
- Swift LXi (O) – INR 4.49 lakh
- Swift VXi – INR 5.08 lakh
- Swift ZXi – INR 5.90 lakh
- Swift LDi – INR 5.56 lakh
- Swift VDi – INR 5.99 lakh
- Swift ZDi – INR 6.95 lakh
Eagle-eyed (and price conscious) readers would have noticed by now that Maruti has thoughtfully kept the price of the base variants unchanged while the middle and top variants have become pricier by around 25 thousand. But you get additional equipment too, which, to be fair to Maruti, is worth more than those ‘extra’ 25 grand that you need to shell out now. Still, I really cannot understand what stopped them to give ABS in VXi! That being said, the top-end ZXi (petrol) is even cheaper than the mid-level VDi (diesel), so petrolheads should try and pull out all stops and go for this one.
Oh yes, I did mention that the Swift petrol has become even more frugal than before! Okay, even the Swift diesel has, but you won’t be able to justify the one-lakh-rupee price difference (between the ZXi and ZDi) unless you drive your new Swift diesel DAILY for 100 kilometres for the next two and a-half years approximately. I’ll take the petrol, thank you.