Maruti Suzuki Swift: Old vs New

By Abhishek Chaliha | on January 17, 2018

Maruti Suzuki’s Swift is one of those evergreen models that continue to sell irrespective of changing market scenarios. Ever since the first India model of the Swift was launched, it has found place in the hearts and minds and garage spaces of people across the country. Marketed as a ‘sporty’ model, the Swift appeals to the young at heart and the sensible buyer as well. For its 1.2-litre petrol engine is fairly peppy and reliable and the 1.3 diesel’s turbocharged nature appealed to buyers who wanted a similar fun to drive experience while being light on the pocket.

This appeal of the Swift continued with the second generation of the model launched in India (the current car). While it became lighter, bigger, more spacious and better equipped with a slightly better interior, the powertrain for both diesel and petrol models remained identical to the first-generation car. A mid-life update saw the car become more fuel efficient.

And this format of generational evolution will continue onto the new model that will come with a better interior, more equipment and a lighter kerb weight. But powertrain duties will continue to be served by the tried and tested 1.2 litre, K-Series petrol engine while the diesel model will as earlier be powered by the Fiat sourced 1.3 litre, MultiJet oil burner. What will be new though is that for the first time in India, the Maruti Suzuki Swift will be offered with the choice of an automatic gearbox. When I say automatic, I mean the more affordable and efficient automated manual transmission (AMT). This will be offered in both petrol and diesel models to make the Swift appeal to an even wider customer base.

So, while that has the basics covered, here is a closer look at how the new Swift compares to the outgoing second-generation model.

Engine and Powertrain

  Petrol   Diesel    
  Swift New Swift Swift New Swift
Engine size (cubic capacity) 1,197cc 1,197cc 1,248cc 1,248cc  
Cylinders 4 4 4 4  
Valves 16 16 16 16  
Air charging system Naturally Aspirated Naturally Aspirated Fixed geometry Turbocharger Fixed geometry Turbocharger
Power 83bhp @ 6,000 rpm 82bhp @ 6,000 rpm 74bhp @ 4,000 rpm 74bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque 115Nm @ 4,000 rpm 113Nm @ 4,200 rpm 190Nm @ 2,000 rpm 190Nm @ 2,000 rpm
Gearbox 5-speed manual 5-speed manual / AMT 5-speed manual 5-speed manual / AMT
ARAI efficiency rating  20.4 km/l NA 25.2 km/l NA  
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive

The new car's petrol engine is likely to be slightly detuned in the interest of better fuel efficiency.

Dimensions Swift New Swift
Length 3,850mm 3,840mm
Width 1,695mm 1,735mm
Height 1,530mm 1,500mm
Wheelbase 2,430mm 2,450mm
Ground Clearance 170mm 163mm
Kerb weight 960 - 1,080 kg 855 - 980 kg
Fuel Tank capacity 42 litres 37 litres

The new car is lower and wider than the outgoing car, however slightly shorter in length. The new car also has a smaller fuel tank.

Equipment Swift New Swift
Climate control Yes Yes
Touch screen infotainment system No Yes
Voice commands for stereo No Yes
Keyless entry Yes Yes
Keyless start / stop Yes Yes
Outside temperature display Yes Yes
Gear shift indicator No Yes
Average fuel efficiency display Yes Yes
Distance to empty No Yes
Rear view camera No Yes
Rear parking sensors Yes Yes
ABS with EBD Yes Yes
Dual front airbags Yes Yes

The new Swift will gain Suzuki's new infotainment system which serves duty in all new models from the company.

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