Maruti Suzuki is at it again. Yes, you heard it right; Maruti Suzuki is revamping and freshening up its current bestsellers, the Swift hatchback & the Swift Dzire compact sedan for model year 2014. The Suzuki Swift had set a lot of tongues wagging when it was launched in India in 2005. Some said it was a copy of the Mini, others said the design was like a fighter jet’s canopy while some others said that it was quirky styling.
Love it or hate it, the Swift was a runaway success given its punchy engine, superb handling and nifty styling. The Dzire however left a lot to be desired for when it was launched to replace the recently phased out Esteem; a fault quickly addressed by Maruti Suzuki when they redesigned it & launched it as the Dzire compact sedan. However unlike its more recent competitors, the design was getting a bit long in the tooth and the competition as always is ever growing; something that we suspect has caused Maruti Suzuki to do a serious re-think & launch the 2014 model year versions of these bestsellers.
We expect the new 2014 versions to be previewed at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo with sales likely to commence during the first quarter of the coming year. In addition to some cosmetic changes, there are a host of additional features that have made it onto the upcoming model. Expect the 2014 Zxi & Zdi variants to come equipped with the following features:
- Cruise Control
- Daytime Running LEDs
- 16 inch alloy wheels
- Keyless entry with start-stop button
- Dual tone dashboard
- Leather wrap for the steering wheel
- Auto up & down functions for the driver-side power window
- Revised front bumpers
- Revised front grille
Expect a bump up in prices by around 50-60,000 INR due to the additional features on offer. Beyond these we are unlikely to see any further changes in powertrain or mechanicals with both versions maintaining the current K series 1.2 litre Petrol (85 Bhp-114 Nm) & the 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet Diesel (75 Bhp-190 Nm) range of engines. So, no start-stop neither functionality nor twin injectors nor regenerative braking systems as of now. At least, not until model year 2017 which is when we expect a complete model change. In terms of transmissions we will continue to see the 5 speed manual on both petrol & diesel variants in addition to the 4 speed automatic available only on the petrol version of the Dzire.
While we wish Maruti Suzuki all the best we also fervently hope and wish that we get more of mechanical upgrades in addition to cosmetic upgrades in the coming future.