In 2005, Maruti Suzuki launched a car, which later on turned heads with its style and performance. it also bagged awards consecutively, winning hearts of people.
Yes, it’s the Maruti Suzuki Swift, India’s first car to have a distinctive european Styling. Eye catching curves, stylish headlights and taillights and an awesome look of this car makes people go wow!. This is the car which ended boxy designs and advocated use of curves in upcoming new cars. When it debuted in 2005, it has already won several awards globally, and this is what it made everyone’s first choice with its sales skyrocketing over the years. In 2007, the Swift became India’s first car to have the Fiat-innovated MultiJet diesel engine, known in Maruti as DDIS. This ended the trend of the traditional noisy and polluting diesel engines as this award-winning DDIS engine not only delivered peppy performance with less noise, but also saved the environment too with its Exhaust Gas Regulator (EGR) system and green oil filter. To make more happy smiles, the Swift had a facelift in 2009, and in 2010, the MPFI engine was replaced by the K-Series engine in the petrol version. 2011 saw Swift’s comeback in a brand new avatar with brand new design, brand new features and more efficient engines. A facelifted version was launched in 2015. This is the current generation Swift seen on indian and global roads today.
The next generation Swift is due for launch in second half of 2017. Now, here are the features of the current generation Swift-
|Ex-showroom Price Range||4,83,480 - 7,55,050|
With 3850 mm length, 1695mm width and 1530mm height, it is one big hatchback. The wheelbase of 2430mm makes it spacious. 170mm ground clearance ensures that your car is well above whatever comes on the road. The petrol version has a gross vehicle weight of 1415kg with the kerb weight in ZXI version being 965 kg. The diesel version is heavier than the petrol sibling with a gross vehicle weight of 1505kg and ZDI’s kerb weight of 1060kg. It comes with rally based suspension system of MacPherson strut in front and Torsion Beam in back for the much needed stability.
ORVMs are electrically retractbale and sports stylish side turn indicators. Front fog lamps get a silver bezel. Body coloured bumper and door handles add more style to it. 165/80 R14 steel wheel and 185/65 R15 alloy wheels gives it a cool look. Green tinted glass, black out film on A&B pillars and a rear sporty antenna completes the stylish look.
The new Swift’s interior is a complete redesign from the earlier Swift. The first difference one will see is the instrument panel which now has a central Multi Information Display, it not only gives the distance travelled and outside temperature info, but also the instantaneous and average fuel consumption too. The side AC vents has gone from round to rectangle and the centre console has got an even snazzier look. The door trims get sporty wraparounds,silver accents and the door handles get a chrome finish. Push engine start is a new addition, seen only in the top end version. Power windows, AC, integrated CD player with Bluetooth, USB and AUX, three spoke sporty steering wheel with a bigger centre, high volume glove box, parcel shelf, sun visor, vanity mirrors, day and night IRVM, steering mounted illuminated audio controls, room lamp and map are worth notable. The rear seats split 60:40, which makes easy availability for extra storage. Cup holders, accessory socket, tiltable steering wheel column adds to this car’s list of interior features.
Since the inception of the first generation in 2005, Swift has always been fun to drive, and will continue to be. The engines are easy revving, which means you will get a good torque and can reach high speeds without much effort. The diesel engine has a 190Nm torque at 4000rpm, making it a peppy car to drive. The 5-speed manual transmission should not be a problem in city/highway driving as the changing of gears is very smooth. Even with body roll around its corners, it is stable and gives a great grip on the road. Thanks to its 170mm ground clearance, taking on potholes and speed bumps isn’t an issue with the new Swift. Electrical Power Steering makes the car easy to steer in the city/highway and also parking the car and getting out of it is also not an issue. Overall, the harmonious combination of peppy performance and good handling ensures that your drive in Swift is always awesome.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift is offered with both petrol and diesel engines, driven by a 5- speed manual transmission.
The petrol engine is a 1197cc K-Series engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), 4 straight cylinders and 16 valved. The gasoline mill delievers the maximum power of 83.1bhp@6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 115Nm@4000rpm. With multipoint fuel injection and a naturally aspirated air charging system, this engine has an efficiency of 20.4km/liter. Maruti Suzuki gets a fuel tank capacity of 42 litres.
The diesel engine is the award winning 1248cc DDIS engine. It also has 4 cylinders and 16 valves. Its an easy revving engine with a maximum power of 74bhp@4000rpm and maximum torque of 190Nm@2000rpm. It has Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDI) system and a fixed geometry turbocharger with intercooler, giving an improved and high fuel efficiency of 25.2km/liter.
Safety is important in any car you drive, Swift has lots of features that ensures you are safe every time. Driver airbag comes as a standard feature in all variants, while passenger side airbag comes as standard only in top end model. ABS (Anti Lock braking system) comes as standard in the top end version and optional in other versions, now improved with Motor Speed Regulation System. Along with airbags, seatbelts pre tensioners comes in as a safety feature. 3-point ELR seatbelts are seen in Swift. Ventilated disc brakes in front and drum brakes at the rear makes it safe to drive. Central locking and remote locking so that your car does not get stolen. Brake assist, assist grips, head restraints in seats, high mounted stop lamp are the safety features in the Swift.
The Swift is priced from Rs. 5.1 lakh to Rs. 7.9 lakh. Once you own a Swift, it will never fail to impress you, your family and friends. The Swift is packed with a peppy engine, stylish features and a 10 year history. Since 2005, about half of the Maruti Suzukis seen on road is indeed the Swift. That’s one big reason behind this car’s popularity. After all, popularity of this car is well-known. And its price range fits well in the hatchback section. So, the Swift is a value for money car which is loved by millions of Indians and people around the world.
Let us say that the car is driven for 1,000km a month i.e. 12,000km yearly. So, the cost of ownership for Maruti-Suzuki Swift can come upto Rs 59,595for one year, which includes Rs 15,600 of insurance cost, Rs 2,324 of maintenance cost and Rs 41,671 of fuel cost. Here the loan interest is not factored in as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
When there is too much good, there is competition. Other carmakers have rivalled one of India’s most loved car, the Swift. The Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz, Honda Brio, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Figo, Fiat Punto Evo, Tata Bolt, Toyota Etios Liva are some serious competitors trying to overshadow the 10 year old legacy of Swift. But, the Swift is gearing up for its all new avatar. For now, if you own a Swift, thank that you are a proud owner of the car which has won hearts internationally.