The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is here and its now just few days away from its big market debut. The Swift is indeed one of the most anticipated all-new car launches in India in 2018 and we recently had the chance to drive the new Swift hatchback and can tell you that the car does live up to legacy it carries and is certainly the best looking car in the segment. Maruti Suzuki Swift was first launched in 2005 in India and since then has been the flag bearer for Maruti Suzuki. It started the upper hatch or otherwise known as the A2 segment in India and now almost after 12 years the segment has over 11 models with Swift leading the market with a decent market share. The new Swift will be manufactured out of Suzuki's Gujarat plant and while it will be positioned below Maruti Suzuki Baleno, there will be price cannibalisation of some its variants as we have seen it with other Maruti Suzuki cars.
The new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift is built on the new Heartect platform that also underpins Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the use of this new platform has allowed the company to shed Swift's weight by about 85 kgs. Below are the pros and cons of the new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Pros and Cons of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift:
Cons of 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift:
1. Maruti Suzuki AMT variants design: Maruti Suzuki Swift AMT variants do not feature the most important part of design, the DRLs and projector headlamps in the headlamp cluster along with the touch-screen infotainment system. Both petrol and Diesel variants with AMT are available only on the ZXI/VDI variants and it is a huge miss for AMT buyers. This is not the first time Maruti Suzuki has followed this approch, Maruti Suzuki Ignis also misses out on many features on the AMT variants. The reason of this may be attributed to keeping theAMT variants cost competitive.
2. No Rear A/C vent: Maruti Suzuki Swift does not get rear A/C vents, however the company claims that the efficiency of A/C has gone by over 1.5 degree celsius. The hatch cabin space has gone up and we did not really feel the need of a rear A/C vent but we might need it in the coming Summer.
3. No Rear arm/rest: Most of the car these days feature a rear arm-rest that sort of creates a partition on the rear seat and also has cup-holders and other utility space. The new Swift missed out on this feature.
4. Pull-out cup holders: This is a big miss from the outgoing Maruti Suzuki Swift. The new Swift misses out pull-out cup holders that were present on the either sides of the front seat below the A/C vents.
Pros of 2018 Swift:
1. 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Design:
The new design of Maruti Suzuki Swift has made the car look more aggressive, mature, bold and sporty. The top manual variants get a new headlamp cluster with projector headlamp cluster along with fresh new front grille. The rear of the car host C shaped taillamp cluster that's also new. The new Swift is based on the Maruti Suzuki's Heartect platform that has allowed the car to lose as much as 85 kilograms.
2. 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift engine: Fun & Peppy:
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.
3. All-new 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.
4. 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift iCreate customisation: Maruti Suzuki is offering huge personalisation and customisation option on the all-new Swift with iCreate Swift. This option has been successful for the company in the past on the Swift and other models like Ignis and Vitara Brezza and going forward is expected to be a success on the Swift as well.
We expect the new Swift to be a run away success for Maruti Suzuki and with bookings open, dealers already claim about 6-8 weeks waiting period on the new car. Maruti Suzuki Swift has everything that will attract the new buyer and encourage existing Swift buyers to upgrade to a new one.