2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift bookings likely to open in January, launch at Auto Expo in February 2018

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift is based on the HEARTEC platform, which makes the hatchback lighter than the previous Swift as it now weighs 890kg

By: | Updated: December 26, 2017 6:00 PM

Those who are waiting for the new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift might not have to wait for long as its likely that Maruti Suzuki will begin the bookings of its new Swift starting January 2018 followed by a big market debut in India at the 2018 auto expo. Many dealers across the country has said that the bookings will open early in January 2018. The new Swift made its Japanese debut late in 2016, followed by a showcase in Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. While so far it was believed that the new Swift would be launched at the Auto Expo to be held in February next year. Many reports in media says that it will be launched in January but that makes little sense as the Auto Expo is a big platform for an important product like the Swift..

Also, Maruti Suzuki is likely to showcase the Suzuki Swift Sport and Hybrid at the expo but these variants will not be launched in India anytime soon. So, it is now only a matter of some weeks before the eagerly awaited Swift arrives in our country. Along with the Suzuki Swift Sport and Swift Hybrid, the Japanese brand is expected to showcase another SUV concept at the 2018 Auto Expo and it would be exciting to see the Jimny there but its all speculative at the moment. The Jimny is slated to replace the Gypsy in India. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift is based on the HEARTEC platform, which makes the hatchback lighter than the previous Swift as it now weighs 890kg. The new Swift gets a hexagonal grille with chrome inserts, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, ORVM's indicator and fog lamps.

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The all-new third generation Maruti Suzuki Swift will be powered by the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol motor and 1.3-litre DDiS motor mated to a 5-speed manual and CVT transmission. Also, it might get SHVS( Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology in order to offer higher fuel-efficiency and take benefit of government incentives for hybrid vehicles. It is expected that the new Swift might also get the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine which delivers 100hp of power and 150 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

The new Swift with mild hybrid tech was spotted on test in India a couple of months back. Based on those images, we know that it will carry projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a hexagonal grille and fog lamps up front and at the back, there will be LED tail lamps and a roof spoiler.

Under the bonnet, Suzuki Swift Hybrid will have a 86 bhp petrol engine which will be mated to a 10 kW electric motor and the power will be sent to the front wheels through a five-speed AMT. There will be two variants - one with paddle shifters and one without. The Hybrid Swift will deliver claimed mileage of 32 kmpl.

So, what is the electric motor's purpose? Suzuki Swift Hybrid will set off silently and then the petrol engine will take over as you go. But when the car comes to a halt, say on a traffic signal, the system will switch to battery power. However, if and when the Swift Sport and Swift Hybrid will launch in India has not been confirmed.

The steering wheel will be a three-spoke unit in the Suzuki Swift Hybrid with mounted controls. The cabin will be equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Moving on the Suzuki Swift Sport, which first broke cover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The hot version of the Swift will have several design differences inside and out compared to the standard variant. To begin with, it will be lower and wider, giving it a sporty appeal and Suzuki claims that the aggressive styling and a torque-to-weight ratio will propel the Swift Sport into genuine hot hatch territory.

The company has decided to go with the 17-inch alloy wheels and dual exhausts to enhance the sporty appeal. The aggression in design is also carried inside with a red-stitched steering wheel finished in leather, semi-bucket sporty seats with embossed ‘Sport’ badging, stainless steel pedals and red highlights on the dashboard, instrument cluster, and door panels.

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