2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will make its market debut in India on February 8th 2018 at the 2018 Auto Expo and we had the chance to drive the car in Lonavala. The bookings of the new Swift has begun at the Maruti Suzuki Arena dealership by paying an advance amount of Rs 11,000. The all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift is indeed an all new car and gets a new platform, chassis and major exterior and interior changes. The Swift will be sold in both petrol and diesel variants and both will get an option of either a 5-Speed manual gearbox or the Auto-Gear Shit (AMT) gearbox.
The face of the new Swift has grown itself with the manual version of the top-variants getting a distinct headlamp cluster with DRLs and projector headlamps, much sharper front grille and fog lamps on either side completing the new face of the 2018 Swift. The layout of the bonnet is neat with no shut lines and the same pattern is carried on to the side of the car. Overall, the design is significantly different from the outgoing model and despite the name ‘Swift’ being 12 years old, it’s still going to attract young and many first time buyers which has been with the case with Swift ever since its inception.
The top manual variants of the new Maruti Suzuki Swift features these aggressive LED lights on the headlamp cluster giving it a unique look from the outgoing Swift model. It also gets projector headlamps.
xThe rear door of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift gets a neat and clean finished look with an aggressive line running along the side of the car. The rear door handle position has moved up on to the window of the car and will take time for one to get used to that. The quality of the plastic door handle could have had been better.
he interiors of all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift too has seen some major upgrades and everything inside the cabin is all new. There is a sense of premiumness and the use of good quality plastic is evident. The extra width on the car has resulted in a much more spacious cabin. I miss those nice pull-out cup-holders on the side of front seats from the old seats though. The top-end variants feature start-stop push button and the company has also given some sporty elements by giving a red outline to circular dials of instrument cluster with the needle also complimenting the red colour outside.
The infotainment system on the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift is borrowed from other other Maruti Suzuki models like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the new Dzire. It supports Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror link along with bluetooth and also gets in-built navigation. This feature is available only on the top manual variants and is a big miss on the AMT variants.
The flat-bottom steering wheel is a driver’s delight and features audio and phone controls on it. The new seats provide enough back support on long drives and the second-row seating too has seen an increase in shoulder room. The handling on the car could have been a bit better but is still much better than the outgoing Swift. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift has lost about 85 kgs weight and made the over driving fun.
We got the chance to drive both manual and petrol variants of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift and both the gearboxes are well mated to its respective engine. While the manual gearbox is fun as ever, the surprise was how well the AMT performed. However, we wouldn’t completely say that it was very responsive. It took times to downshift on inclines and requires more throttle and extra rev to get the punch going.
The top-variants of the AMT version of 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift miss out on features like DRLs which is a big miss as DRLs gives the new Swift a whole different look all together. Other things that AMT gearbox miss is the touchscreen infotainment system inside.
The rear features C-Shaped tail lights and a new bootlid that looks sharper. The rear bumper is where the new Swift will remind you of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is now built on the Suzuki’s new Heartect platform on which its elder hatch sibling Maruti Suzuki Baleno is also based on.
The automatic climate control or the A/C controllers on the new Maruti Suzuki Swift gets these rotatory dials and add to the overall premium touch of the interiors. Both manual and top-variants of new Swift gets these new features.
The use of the new platform has resulted in a change to the overall dimensions of the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift. The car’s length has been reduced by 10 mm to 3850 mm whereas the width of Swift is increased by 40 mm to 1695 mm. The height of the car remains the same at 1530 and the wheelbase has gone up by 20mm.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift retains the most important element of Swift and remains the most fun car to drive in the segment. Both 1.2L petrol and 1.3 diesel engine are nicely refined and tuned to give out a nice sporty feel while driving. We had the chance to drive the petrol manual and diesel AMT variants and both the cars impressed us with its performance.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift safety features: On the safety front, the new Swift gets dual-airbags, ABS with EBD as a standard safety feature in all the variants. The manual cars with touchscreen infotainment get a wide angle reverse parking camera.
Maruti Suzuki claims a mileage of 28.4 kmpl on the diesel engine and 22 kmpl on the 1.2L petrol. Both petrol and diesel engines are mated to the 5-Speed manual gearbox and get the option of Auto-gear shift (AGS) transmission.
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