For the Swift however this was not going to be a possibility even if Maruti-Suzuki wanted to retain the two generations. This because the new Swift looks so much like the old Swift that it takes only a well-versed eye to spot the differences. Suzuki thought not to fiddle around much with a winning formula and sought only to take care of the most glaring drawbacks that came through user and buyer feedback.
Thus the essential style of the car remains the same but there are a few crucial changes. Both the headlamps and the tail cluster are much larger, with both being wrap-around and the headlamps upswept design giving the Swift an even more distinctive look.
Larger seems to be the theme for the new Swift as the car itself is larger – a 20mm longer wheelbase that leads to a 40mm increase in length and a 5mm increase in width. While the increase at 2cm may sound miniscule, it adds to the spaciousness of the cabin leading to a 25mm increase in kneeroom and an even larger increase in legspace for the rear passengers.
However, the increase in length is not the sole contributor to the spaciousness of the cabin. Redesigned front seats with concave backs and a totally redone interior also add to the upmarket and premium feel of the cabin say the Maruti engineers. How much better the interiors may be questionable but there is no denying that these add new life to the car and are refreshing, bringing in several new features and conveniences.
The integrated music system from Panasonic for instance now plays through four speakers and two tweeters while the instrument cluster has a trip computer display with fuel efficiency data well. The display for time and outside temperature though also moves from the centre of the dashboard to this display between the speedo and tacho dials.