A new Maruti Suzuki Swift is coming to India in February and this time around, it is the third generation for the hatchback that pretty much made the B-segment in India. The design is evolutionary but underneath and inside, a sea of changes have been made across the board. To give you an idea of what is what, here are the updates on the new car as compared to the outgoing model.
New platform= weight loss
This new Swift has jumped onto the Heartect platform like the Baleno and the Dzire and so had shed a good amount of weight as compared to the outgoing second generation model. In terms of kerb weights, the ZXi/ZDi models of the second gen Swift are 965kgs/1060kgs while the equivalent ZXi/ZDi models weighs in the region of 855-880kgs and 955kgs-985kgs respectively. The wheelbase has gone up marginally from 2430mm to 2450mm while boot space has been increased from 205-litres to 268-litres.
Updated feature list
The outgoing model even at the top of the scale only got a colour display enabled 2-DIN system, steering controls and a climate control with a basic interface. This new generation Swift gets the SmartPlay infotainment system seen in the Dzire, Baleno and the S-Cross. This system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and mirroring technology.
Safety features as standard on all variants
All variants of the Swift now get dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounting points, seat belt reminder and pre-tensioners as well pedestrian protection compliance. In the outgoing model there was an optional variant for every model that offered ABS with EBD and dual airbags.
As expected, this new Swift will finally see the hatchback enter the world of automatic transmissions. The Swift too will be offered with an AMT (automated manual transmission) both for diesel and petrol models. This setup already exists on the Dzire and the Ignis.