Maruti Suzuki is at the top of the hill when it comes to hatchbacks. What with all generations of the Alto and the Swift bringing in massive sales, the brand has effectively managed to fend off competition for years. That said, the current-gen Swift has been around for a long time and is starting to feel its age. Naturally, a full refresh for 2017 is in order and that’s exactly what Suzuki has been working on; the brand has just unveiled the all-new Swift for the Japanese market. Here’s a closer look at this freshly unveiled product.
Being all-new from ground up, the new Swift arguably looks sleeker and more premium. Upfront, you will find a new Audi-like trapezoidal grille and a new bumper design.
The new Swift retains that one element that made the previous-gen models so unique – the cockpit-like glasshouse. Do note the high mounted rear door handle integrated in the window housing.
At the rear, the tailgate is all-new, so are the taillights and the bumper. Suzuki is offering different sizes and designs for the wheels, depending on the variant.
Besides the standard model, Suzuki will also launch the RS version which gets bigger alloy wheels, a different grille and a racier-looking body kit. The Swift you see here is a Japan-only model. European and India-spec models, meanwhile, will debut later next year with a few revisions to the design.
Like the exterior, the interior design is all-new and thoroughly modern. The Swift is also more generous now in terms of equipment, especially in the safety department.
Speaking of features, there’s a new instrument cluster, a touchscreen audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse camera, keyless entry and a few other essentials.
As for safety equipment, the Japanese-spec Swift gets up to six airbags, ESP and ABS and even radar-based functions including autonomous braking, land departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
Powering the vehicle is a 100bhp, 1-litre 3-cylinder engine. Suzuki is also offering the familiar 89bhp 1.2-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder motor. India-spec car will get both petrol and diesel options.
The India-bound Swift will be closer to the Euro-spec model which will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.