Some cars just need an update to improve their sales. The brand name is strong, buyers await a new-gen and needs to be done is launch it. There is the Honda City, Maruti Wagon R and even the Maruti Swift. These vehicles enjoy this privilege. The new Maruti Swift 2017 is in the making. The company is looking at enhancing its products and one of them is this hatchback. Launched back in 2005, this was a runaway success. Then came the diesel engine in 2007. This revolutionised the market. It was quiet, fast and fuel-efficient. Buyers looking at getting something fun and not too expensive picked up the new Swift. Back in the day, it was made available with only L, V and V ABS for the diesel engine.
The next-generation came in 2011. This got all the diesel variants like petrol. It became bigger, offered more features and did look stylish too. A good replacement. The current Swift misses out on automatic, has a small boot and rear space is somewhat tight. Today most of the cars in this segment offer touchscreen, projector headlamps, Reverse camera and other bits that go missing on the current Swift.
The 2017 Maruti Swift will get all these additions to make it an even better package. The new Heartect platform is about 100 to 120 kilograms lighter, wider and has a longer wheelbase too. The engines will be the same 1.2-litre petrol K-Series and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel. There will be automatic (AMT) offered on petrol and even diesel engines. More features on offer on the outside and even inside.
New Maruti Swift 2017 Price in India
|LXi||₹ 5.4 lakhs|
|VXi||₹ 6.3 lakhs|
|VXi AMT||₹ 6.8 lakhs|
|ZXI||₹ 7.1 lakhs|
|ZXi AMT||₹ 7.7 lakhs|
|ZXi+||₹ 8.1 lakhs|
|ZXi+ AMT||₹ 9.30 lakhs|
|LDi||₹ 6.4 lakhs|
|VDi||₹ 7.5 lakhs|
|VDi AMT||₹ 8.0 lakhs|
|ZDi||₹ 8.3 lakhs|
|ZDi AMT||₹ 8.9 lakhs|
|ZDi+||₹ 9.3 lakhs|
|ZDi+ AMT||₹ 9.8 lakhs|
There will not be a major change in the pricing of the new Swift. Maruti cannot undercut it as the Ignis is just below the Swift and the Baleno just above it. We can expect a change in pricing by about ₹ 25,000 at the most. There will be multiple new features on offer, and for the base model dual airbags and ABS will be offered as a standard. So, the pricing will be a tad more than the current LXi(O) model for the base petrol.
New Maruti Swift 2017 Launch Date in India
Maruti Suzuki will unveil this hatchback at the 2018 Auto Expo. That is when this new hatchback will be showcased for the first time in India. There shall be multiple changes in the design and appeal. Maruti will be looking at getting this new-gen hatchback at the earliest into the Indian car market. Sometime be March 2018 it will be made available in the showrooms. Bookings and test drives will commence.
New Swift Video – Upcoming Car
Maruti Swift 2017 Specifications
|Engine 1||1.2-litre Petrol|
|Transmission||5-speed manual / AMT|
|Engine 2||1.3-litre diesel|
|Transmission||5-Speed manual / AMT|
The 1.2-litre petrol engine will continue on the new Swift. This has been the best-performing engine in this segment. With a lighter body, there shall be improvement in its performance even further. This engine has minimal NVH and it is highly refined. The power it produces is sufficient for city and highway driving. This engine comes with a five-speed manual and AMT options. The latter is smooth and has been well-integrated with this petrol engine.
The diesel engine is the same 1.3-litre DDiS. This engine too has good enough performance and even mileage. The petrol and diesel both have good performance. The diesel engine is a tad noisy, while the petrol is extremely refined one. This makes it a good option to consider for daily driving. Both engines have good drivability. There isn’t much of a need to shift gears often in the city or the highway.
New Maruti Swift 2017 Features
- Projector headlamps
- Daytime running LEDs
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Integrated rear spoiler
- Push start and stop
- Keyless entry
- Touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Reverse Camera
- Climate Control
- Steering mounted controls
- Reverse camera
- Dual airbags
- Reverse sensors
A lighter platform is used for the new Swift 2017. This reduces the weight by about 100 – 120 kilograms. The wheelbase is now longer by 20mm, There shall be an increase in the width too, making it comfortable for three to sit. There isn’t a major change in the length of the Swift 2017. There are changes in the design and the performance. Read further.
The fascia of the Swift 2017 is new. It has a large front grille with minimal chrome. The headlamps are sharp and top model gets daytime running LEDs and projector headlamps. The fog lamps are round and the air dam on the bumper is bigger than before.
The design of the side profile of the new Swift 2017 is similar to the outgoing version. There is the floating roof silhouette, but the rear door handles are mounted near the window. This makes it look cooler than before. The tyres are now 15-inch and have diamond-cut alloy wheels. The wheel-well appears to be filled well.
At the back, the design is new. The styling seems to be simplified. The tail lamps are large and seem flattened. The integrated spoiler looks neat and well-integrated. The ground clearance is the same like the previous Swift, just the norms to measure ground clearance has changed from the government.
The dashboard is all new new. It shares it with the new DZire. The interiors are all-black. The dashboard has flat-bottom steering wheel, instrument cluster with twin dials and driver information system. The controls are mounted on the steering. Centre console has round AC vents, touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation and reverse camera. There is climate control too. The quality of materials and fit and finish has seen a major improvement overall. This makes it feel a lot upmarket then before.
In terms of seating comfort, the front row seats aren’t very comfortable. The rear seat is more spacious as there is an increase in its wheelbase. The major improvement is in the knee room. The increased width means better space for the rear passengers. The rear seats are comfortable and better for long journeys. We expect the boot size has increased by 60 litres to 265 litres.
|Dimensions||New Swift||Current Swift|
|Fuel Tank||37 litres||42 litres|
Following are the likely features that will be offered on the new Maruti Swift 2017:
The base model also now offers some goodies, which weren’t earlier offered on the new Swift. This variant now comes with air conditioner with heater, 12V socket, power steering and even pollen filter.
Of course there are more features on this trim. There is a keyless entry (remote operated), 12V rear charging socket, all four power windows, central locking, electromagnetic boot opening, electrically adjustable mirrors, driver side, auto down window, height adjustment for driver’s seat and luggage room lamp also. We also believe that this time the new Swift will even get rear AC vents also. There shall be a 2-DIN music system on offer and this will come with four speakers. There will be USB, aux input and bluetooth connectivity as well.
The Z variant on the new Maruti Swift will have additional features like engine push start and stop, smart key for keyless entry and automatic climate control. Then there shall be electrically folding mirrors and driver’s side window auto up and down.
The Z+ variant also gets features like automatic headlamps, touchscreen infotainment system, Follow me home. These are the additional features on Z+ variants. The infotainment system will have reverse camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and even bluetooth connectivity.
Also Read: Suzuki Swift Sport 2017
|Engine||City Mileage||Highway Mileage|
|Petrol Manual||13-14 km/l||17km/l|
The petrol engine is one of the most efficient engines on the new Swift. The petrol manual in city return about 13-14km/l, while the AMT about 12km/l. On the highway, the petrol gives 17km/l for manual and AMT. The diesel engine returns about 16km/l in the city and close to 22km/l on the highway. This is similar for diesel manual and AMT both.
The competition will have to tighten the strings in the coming months. This is because the Maruti Swift 2017 will not just be feature loaded, but even aggressively priced. The direct competition is with the Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo, VW Polo, Fiat Punto Evo and the Honda Brio. The Hyundai Grand i10 Prime is on its way, this will be the facelift version of the hatchback.
New Maruti Swift 2017 vs Maruti Baleno
This is the most common comparison everyone does. The Baleno will be the closest rival to the Swift, as there is a good amount of price overlap in the two. Both of them are excellent products, but the question that will arise is if we need more space? The answer isn’t very complicated. To begin with the new Swift, it has good enough space in it, but the Baleno shall be more spacious and even has a bigger boot. So in all reality, the new Swift is a perfect choice, unless there are all tall people travelling. Swift and Baleno both are winners and it is very difficult to choice one of the two. It clearly boils down to what you like.
New Maruti Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10
The Hyundai Grand i10 is another direct rival to the Maruti Swift 2017. Both of them are exciting products but the Swift will be new. The advantage of the Swift shall be its width, which will make it easier for three people to sit in comfort. This is a close battle otherwise. Where the Grand i10 leads is lower engine noise in diesel and mostly the Grand i10 should be affordable. The new Swift will have more features and it will have good enough performance. In terms of which one should you pick, both are close in terms of ownership experience and cost.
Maruti Swift vs Ford Figo
The Ford Figo is another strong competing product with the Swift, but it gets outshined by the Swift in multiple departments, especially the petrol engine. The performance is better on the Swift and there is more space and features on offer too. The Figo diesel is a powerful option and it does outshine the Swift in performance. The overall ride and handling of the Figo is amazing, but the Swift isn’t anyway behind it. The Swift is certainly a stronger all-round product than the Figo in most of the aspects.