The Suzuki Swift has always been India’s bestselling hatchback. With the new Dzire which has done very well in the market it’s time to upgrade the swift. The car unveiled in Japan on December 27, 2016. The new car is ready for launch and looks stunning. It’s expected to launch around the 2018 Auto Expo.
The 3rd generation swift looks nothing like its predecessor. The new car is shorter, longer and wider than the outgoing car. The front of the car with the big hexagonal grille and pointy headlights which have day time running LEDs and projector headlamps look fresh and modern.
The rear lights of the swift are large and distinctive. The rear door handles have been integrated into the c-pillar. From the side the two box deign gives the Swift good proportion as well as an identity of its own. The overall design is sporty and will appeal more and more young buyers.
The interior of the Swift is contemporary, the all black dash features a new 7 inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. The new red lined dials are crisp and look sporty and also have a digital meter for fuel quantity and consumption, the new rotatory knobs for the climate control have a very nice and solid feel to it. Plastic quality is better with a few cheap bits used for the door pockets.
The new flat bottom steering wheel feels soft and looks sporty. The front seats offer good comfort and support. All in all it’s a better designed dash than before and looks stylish.
The wheelbase of the Swift is longer than before (2450mm) which translates into much more legroom in the back, the back seat passengers would be comfortable and 3 occupants won’t be a problem, there might be a bit of a struggle for shoulder room but despite that it’s very roomy and comfort is good. The boot space has also increased by 25% to 256 liters.
The engines have been carried over from the old car which are the 4 cylinder 1.2lt petrol which makes 83bhp/115Nm and 4 cylinder 1.3lt diesel which produces 75bhp/190Nm while the RS variant engine will produce 110bhp/170Nm. All variants will be available with a 5 speed manual gearbox while the normal petrol variants will get AMT as an option.
The price range has not been announced yet, but it’s expected to be Rs.5-8 lakhs (Ex-showroom).