Maruti Suzuki launched the all-new, 2018 Swift hatchback at the Auto Expo, with a starting price of Rs. 4.99 lakhs. The car has already amassed 40,000 bookings. The all-new, 3rd generation Swift comes with a range of improvements compared to the older model. Here are 5 such, big improvements on Maruti’s latest hatchback.
The new Swift is based on the lighter HEARTECT platform, which makes the car nearly 80 kilograms lighter. The lower weight means that the engines have lesser work to do. This results in a much better mileage. The new petrol Swift delivers 22 Kmpl, which makes it about 8 % more fuel efficient than the older model. The diesel Swift has a mileage of 28.4 Kmpl, making it around 13 % more fuel efficient.
Better pick-up as well
The lighter weight of the car means better pick-up. Both the petrol and diesel Swifts offer 10 % better acceleration when compared to the older model. The petrol Swift uses a 1.2 liter engine with 82 Bhp-113 Nm, and the diesel uses a 1.3 liter turbocharged engine with 74 Bhp-190 Nm.
A lot more spacious
Though the overall length of the car has decreased by a few mm, Maruti has increase wheelbase of the car by 20 mm, to 2,850 mm. Width has also gone up by 40 mm. Headroom of the car has also increased by 24 mm. These changes make the new Swift a more spacious car. Luggage space in the boot has also increased by 58 liters.
Maruti offers 5 speed automated manual gearboxes on both the petrol and diesel versions of the Swift. This makes the new hatchback very attractive to city car buyers. The Swift AMT has the same mileage as the manual variants of the car. So, there’s no fuel efficiency penalty either.
Maruti now offers more features on the Swift than before. LED projector headlamps, a start-stop button, keyless entry, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and standard airbags and ABS are some of the new features on the car.