Maruti Suzuki has unveiled the new-gen Swift hatchback for the Indian market. However, an official launch date hasn’t been announced yet. As a result, prices and variant-wise feature distribution will be revealed at a later date. We expect this to be done at the Auto Expo in the second week of February. Ahead of its official introduction, bookings for the new-generation Maruti Swift 2018 have also begun at various Maruti dealerships across the country. The booking amount of the new Swift is Rs 11,000.
As per our source who is closer to Maruti Suzuki’s product planning team, the new Swift will be priced at a premium of 5%, as compared to the current model. The company hasn’t yet finalised the final price range for the new Swift 2018. However, it has set 5% to be the limit of price increment, in order to ensure that the Swift remains a competitive car in the B-segment hatchback market.
Currently, the Swift retails in the price range of Rs. 4.80 lakh for the base petrol variant and Rs. 7.47 lakh for the ZDI diesel (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Maruti is thus planning to have an increase of around 5% on these prices. As a result, the new-gen Swift 2018 is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 5.04 lakh (LXI) to Rs. 7.84 lakh (ZDI).
It must be noted that the 2018 Maruti Swift gets a new top-end Z+ variant as well, similar to what Maruti has done with the new-gen Dzire. As a result, this new high-end variant will likely be priced at around Rs. 8.4 lakh. Since the new 2017 Dzire is priced from Rs. 5.45 lakh to Rs. 9.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the above prices of the 2018 Maruti Swift seem practical enough.
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The new-gen Swift is already on sale in Japan. It is built on an all-new platform called HEARTECT. This new chassis has been designed to be stiffer, agiler and a lot lighter than the current model’s chassis. This has deliberately been done to enhance the car’s fun-to-drive factor. In fact, Maruti Suzuki has recently claimed that the new Swift will have very sporty dynamics.
Interestingly, when the first-gen Swift was launched in India, it was widely appreciated for its earth-shattering engine and smile-imbibing performance, for both the petrol and diesel models. However, the subsequent second-gen model introduced in 2011 was more of a family hatchback. It lost the Swift’s cornering capabilities, while the diesel engine’s performance and turbo boost were also toned down. However, if Maruti’s claims are anything to go by, the new Swift is all set to regain its fun to drive factor.
The Swift has been a leader in its segment for around a decade. But since the current model has been present in the market from quite a time, sales of the Maruti Swift have been declining continuously. Our February 2017 car sales analysis revealed that the Grand i10 sold around 500 units more than the Swift, which clocked its worst ever sales of just 12,328 units. However, once the new Maruti Swift 2018 is launched, the car will likely manage to regain is position in the top 3 monthly grocers.
2018 Maruti Swift India Launch
Maruti has already unveiled the new Swift for the Indian market. The company will also be showcasing the new-generation Swift in India at the 2018 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Deliveries are expected to begin soon thereafter.
|Model||Expected official launch|
|2018 new Maruti Swift||Auto Expo 2018|
New-generation Maruti Swift 2018 expected price in India
This isn’t much of a brainer, thanks to Maruti’s already over-crowded hatchback portfolio. No matter how many features the new Swift comes loaded with, it will essentially be placed a bit lower to the current Baleno. Now, the Baleno is currently priced in the range of Rs. 5.28 lakh to Rs. 8.44 lakh. Hence, we expect the new Maruti Swift 2018 to be priced as follows:
|Variant||Expected Price in India|
|New Swift – base petrol (LXi)||Rs 5.04 lakh|
|New Swift – top end diesel (ZDi+)||Rs 8.4 lakh|
Maruti Swift 2018 Specifications
This might come out as a downer for a few. The new Maruti Swift continues to be powered by the same set of engines that we have seen on about 10 Maruti cars till date – the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder K-series petrol, and the 1.3-litre four-cylinder DDiS diesel. While we seriously have no complaints from these engines, Maruti should have invested in a new powertrain setup for the new Swift, given the popularity of this car. We have often said, the launch of a new Swift in India creates a hype that is similar to what happens when a new iPhone is introduced. Hence, it would have been great to see some innovation from the automaker in the engine department.
|Engine||1.2-litre, 4-cylinder VVT Petrol|
|Power||83 bhp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||115 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|Engine||1.3-litre, 4-cylinder DDiS Diesel|
|Power||74 bhp @ 4,000 rpm|
|Torque||190 Nm @ 2,000 rpm|
|Gearbox||5-speed Manual & CVT|
Maruti Swift 2018 Mileage
Maruti is known for its fuel-economy-friendly cars, and the new Swift won’t be an exception. Expect the petrol model to deliver around 20 km/l while the diesel will manage around 24 km/l. These high economy figures are also a result of the weight saving achieved by Suzuki engineers on the new HEARTECT platform.
|New Swift Petrol||20 km/l|
|New Swift Diesel||24 km/l|
New Maruti Swift 2018 Image Gallery
New-gen Maruti Swift 2018 exteriors
Suzuki designers have fabricated the new Swift very intelligently. Though it gets a completely fresh design, it still manages to retain the quintessential Swift character. This will help the company to build on the popularity of the old Swift, while giving customers a new package.
Up front, the new Maruti Swift 2018 comes with a wide frameless grille with horizontal slats. The grille is flanked on either side by new headlamps that house LED projectors and DRLs (daytime running lights). The bumper comes with circular fog lamps, surrounded by black housings, which extend on the lower end to integrate with the air dam. Interestingly, the use of chrome is minimum on the new Swift. This has been done to give it a sporty character, and we like it very much.
The side profile of the Maruti Swift 2018 features a Swift-like silhouette, though it has been made sharper. The A and B pillars are blacked out, further intensifying its Swift-ness, while the C-pillar too gets a small black area to give the car a floating roof effect. Interestingly, the rear door handle is housed behind the rear window, similar to the arrangement seen on the Chevy Beat and Mahindra KUV100.
At the rear, the new 2018 Swift comes with a bloated tailgate, larger taillights that have been pushed to the extreme corners and a large bumper area that is also home to the number plate housing. Interestingly, the spotted model only has the Swift branding at the rear, which is in-line to Maruti’s branding for its Nexa-based cars. Cars that are sold through regular Maruti dealerships currently have the Maruti Suzuki and variant badging as well.
Maruti Swift 2018 Interiors
The new Maruti Swift gets an all-black cabin. The dashboard looks similar to that of the new Dzire, but gets circular air vents and silver design accents. The flat bottom steering wheel is a straight lift from the Dzire, though the faux wood inserts are replaced by silver detailing. The two-pod instrument cluster also remains unchanged, while the door panels too are similar to that of the Dzire, albeit in an all black layout.
Features on offer with the new Maruti Swift 2018 include a touchscreen infotainment system, a driver-side-tilted centre console, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and rear view camera support. The lower models get a regular 2-DIN music system.
Cabin space inside the new Swift has seen an increment, thanks to the increased width and wheelbase. Moreover, the HEARTECT platform is designed to minimise the engine bay area. As a result, the rear seat occupants of the new Swift now get much better legroom and headroom, as compared to the previous model
Maruti Swift 2018 Features
- Projector headlamps
- LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
- New Steering Wheel
- Two-instrument cluster
- Multi-colour MID screen
- SmartPlay system
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- Voice recognition
2018 Maruti Swift Safety
The new Maruti Swift is built on the HEARTECT platform, which is engineered to offer better protection to occupants in case of a crash. Moreover, Maruti Suzuki is offering multiple safety features as standard with the new 2018 Swift. This list includes dual Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), ISOFIX child seat restraint system and pretensioners and force-limiters on the front seat belts.
New Maruti Swift 2018 Colours
- Prime Lucent Orange (New Colour)
- Prime Midnight Blue
- Solid Fire Red
- Pearl Arctic White
- Metallic Silky Silver
- Metallic Magma Grey
Walkaround Video in India
Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 Competitors
- Hyundai Grand i10
- Honda Brio
- Toyota Etios Liva
- Ford Figo