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Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

It is always a big thing when the auto industry’s strongest product undergoes an update and it is no different this time around with the modern era Maruti Suzuki Swift undergoing its third major update. The car was showcased for the Japanese market towards the end of last year and it is the new generation of the Swift based on Maruti’s new Heartech platform. The Swift competes with the likes of the Hyundai Grandi10, Honda Brio, Ford Figo, Nissan Micra as well as compact sedans like the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and the Ford Aspire. Maruti Suzuki Swift On road price starts from 5,10,408/-. Check for price details of Maruti Suzuki Swift in CarzPrice

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Maruti Suzuki Swift Design

The Swift’s party trick has always been its chic looks. With the new generation, Maruti Suzuki hasn’t fiddled around with the recipe a lot. That explains why it looks more evolutionary, than revolutionary. If one zips past you, there’s no mistaking it for anything else. Even though the Swift is practically everywhere, it still possesses the ability to turn heads. The design is simple, but most importantly – well executed.The second avatar of the hatch follows the same recipe. It has a longish nose, and a stubby posterior. The face now has a more mature air to it. The headlamps have grown bigger in size, and so has the trademark Suzuki grille. The air-dam too, is a tad more prominent flanked by foglamps on either side. And, while international variants of the Swift get daytime running lamps integrated into the housing, the Indian version makes do with a matte-silver accent piece instead. An opportunity missed? We think so!

Over to the side, the quintessential Swift design trait – the blacked-out A-pillar – instantly grabs attention. It gives the hatch its trademark ‘floating roof’ effect, which does give it a sporty character. The profile is where you realize that the designers have played it safe with the update. There isn’t anything radically different from the older generation. It features a strong shoulder line, and the wheels are pushed out all the way to the edges to give it extremely short overhangs. We also like how the window line swoops upwards towards the C-pillar. The pronounced wheel arches are filled up by a set of lovely 15-inch alloy wheels that give the Swift a nice, sporty stance.

The rear features the same ‘waterfall’ theme taillamps, that flow over onto the side. The design, much like the headlamps has been sharpened, and the lamps have been pushed towards the fringes, that makes the Swift look wider than it actually is. This has also resulted in the mouth of the boot being larger, making it easier to load in the luggage. The large bumper takes up most of the real estate at the rear, and the exhaust tip is neatly hidden away from view. Atop the sharply raked rear windscreen, sits a well-integrated lip spoiler that houses the high-mount stop lamp. The rear foglamp is tucked away near the base of the bumper.In spite of Maruti Suzuki choosing the middle path with the looks, it is among the few cars that most agree looks good. The new generation keeps the essence of the Swift intact, which appeals to old and young alike.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cabin

Get inside the car, and you will notice rich upholstery and all-black interiors. With an extended cabin area, there is a good knee space for rear passengers to make long drives enjoyable. However, the boot space remains unchanged and may bother you if you are looking for more luggage area. The black styling gives it a stylish and sophisticated visual appeal.

The elegant silver-painted door garnish, door trim fabric and door opener add more to the car’s appeal. The other features include digital display trip meter, rich dashboard with integrated cup holder and waterfall console, chromed door handles, LCD display, speedometer cluster, automatic climate control, single touch lane indicator, sun visor, anti-glare inside rear view mirror, and more. You can enjoy your favorite tracks while driving the car with a six-speaker audio system, which also supports USB. The new Maruti Swift comes with an improved NVH level, which has made it an even more fun-to-drive car.

The integrated stereo system with six high-quality speakers, steering mounted audio controls and three-level volume controls give pleasure while driving the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift. Its audio controls illuminate during night to provide you better visibility. You will find many other features, like electrically-adjustable ORMVs. However, all these features come with the top-of-the-line trim only.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine

Maruti Suzuki has come under a lot of pressure as newer cars in the segment were boasting of more mileage, thus both the engines had to be re-tuned for improved efficiency. The 1.2-litre K-Series mill now produces 2.7 PS less power, thus is outputs 84.3 PS at 6000 RPM while the torque has increased by 1 Nm to 115 Nm at 4000 RPM. This has been achieved by increasing the compression ratio from 10.0:1 to 11.0:1, the vehicle now returns an ARAI mileage of 20.4 km/l against the old car’s 18.5 km/l. The petrol mill has good mid and top-end performance and loves the redline, the changes made to the powertrain aren’t very apparent when you drive the car as it still moves with the same punchiness as before.

Coming to the famous diesel engine of the Maruti Suzuki Swift, the 1.3-litre Fiat motor, it hasn’t been tuned, thus it generates the same 75 PS at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm at 2000 RPM as before. The company has made tweaks to the ECU while also reducing friction to improve the mileage which is now rated at a stellar 25.2 km/l (the old car was claimed to return 22.9 km/l). The oil burner is fun to drive on the open road but there is considerable low-end lag which makes it difficult to drive the vehicle in stop-go city conditions. But once the turbo spools in full flow, the mid-range punch is extremely satisfying, still not as good as the last generation Swift which gave a kick in the pants feel like no other. Both the petrol and diesel engines are married to a 5-speed manual gearbox and there is still no automatic on offer, not even on the petrol model. Want an automatic only, get the DZire or so is what Maruti feels.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving

The Maruti Swift 2016 is one of the few Suzuki that we pick when it comes to handling. The chassis of this hatchback is responsive and changes directions without much of a hassle. It is agile and it does well around bends. This is one of the strong points of the Swift. This chassis has been built to handle Swift Sport’s power, hence with this engine it does a good job. The ride on the Swift too is composed. It is a bit stiff, but that to improve the handling. The Maruti Swift 2016 certainly has a great package when it comes to the ride and handling aspects. The other strong point for the Swift is its steering wheel. It is light at low speeds and it weighs as you gather momentum.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

Standard safety provisions across line-up include 3-point ELR front seat belts, rear seat belts, rear door child locks, front head restraint, dual horn, high mounted stop lamp, side door impact beams and iCats. Eminent safety equipment available exclusively on the top-spec variant are reverse parking sensor, new generation anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, airbags in front for driver and co-passenger. Of these features, ABS with EBD and brake assist is available exquisitely on the VDi trims while giving a miss to the petrol variants. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price

Maruti Suzuki Swift Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,10,408/- (Swift LXI) to 8,29,000/- (Swift ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Swift from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Swift Verdict

The new Swift is bigger and bolder than the outgoing one, but is it better? It’s made a huge leap forward in terms of practicality with a much bigger boot and a more spacious cabin. With families getting bigger and more demanding, extra space is always welcome. But the Swift isn’t really meant to be a family car. It’s for individuals who drive themselves most of the time and, to that end, the new Swift, though it may be quicker, hasn’t bettered the old car’s fun-to-drive desirability. Where it does add a bit of excitement is with its styling which is even more striking than before. To be launched in early 2018 and sold through regular Maruti channels – which means it will be competitively priced (and not have a Nexa premium) – the Swift is sure to be another runaway success. It’s just that the character of the previous car is missing.

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