Maruti Suzuki has been working on the next-generation Swift for a while now and a few days back too we reported the sighting of a test mule in Europe. Now though there are design renderings available, which seem to be almost how the new Swift would actually look like considering the spy pics seen earlier. The changes reflected in the renderings are inline with what we've seen on the spy pictures.
At the first look, the new Swift looks considerably sharper than its predecessor, both at the front and the rear. It largely retains the silhouette of the existing Swift but that isn't a negative since the overall design exudes a sporty character. The front is characterised by angular headlamps and a large hexagonal grille. The car in the image has skirting and large multi-spoke alloy wheels, which give the Swift a kinetic stance. However, we do not expect these to be included on the India-spec model in favour of competitive pricing. The company might however offer these on a limited edition sports variant. At the rear, one can see the dual exhausts and a sporty bumper along with newly-designed tail lamps. The dual-exhaust tips again might not be offered in India.
While the car in Europe will have a range of petrol and diesel engines, some of which are new, the India-spec model is expected to use the existing 1.2 L petrol and 1.3 L diesel engines. These engines have been used in the Baleno so being based on the same platform, these engines will be an easy fit, resulting in lower costs. In India, we might see a sports variant with the 1.0 L Boosterjet engine as well, which will make its debut in the country on the Baleno RS. These engines are expected to be paired to a five-speed manual and a CVT transmission but given the inherent sporty character of the Swift, we wonder how well would a CVT work in it.
The new Swift is based on the same platform underpinning the Baleno, which means the car should have more lightweight materials and sport a good balance between handling and ride quality. It will also offer more cabin space and features than the existing model. One of the key changes inside the cabin will be the inclusion of the colour-touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, as seen on the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza. In addition, there will be new instrument clusters, controls, dashboard, all sitting inside a lighter yet safer frame than the present Swift.
Suzuki hasn't disclosed the unveiling date for the new Swift but it was reported to be unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Now though it seems the model could be unveiled sometime in the beginning of next year. This could result in the new Swift being launched in India sometime around the Q3, 2017. When launched, the new Swift will be positioned below the Baleno so expect a marginal increase in prices from the present Swift.