Next-gen 2017 Maruti Swift to be manufactured in Gujarat – Report
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Gujarat plant is first Suzuki-owned plant in the country.
According to a report in the Economic Times, the next-generation 2017 Maruti Swift will be manufactured by the company at the Suzuki-owned plant in Gujarat. This Gujarat plant will begin operations in early-2017, and will first roll out the Maruti Baleno.
The 2017 Suzuki Swift is expected to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show this year, though European sales are expected to start only in early-2017. An Indian launch could take place by H1 2017 though, as India is one of the biggest market for the hatchback. According to the company, India accounts for 54 percent of global sales of the Swift.
The 2017 Maruti Swift is expected to be based on the Baleno’s lightweight aluminium-mix platform. Providing better crash safety, this platform will also reduce weight by about 50-70 kg, and therefore aid in increased fuel efficiency. The current Swift delivers 20.4 km/l (petrol) and 25.2 km/l (diesel).
Where the current Swift is unavailable with an automatic transmission in the Indian market, the next-generation model is expected to have the two-pedal convenience, though it remains to be seen the technology Maruti uses (AMT, CVT or AT). Expect the turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine in addition to the DDiS or a Suzuki-developed diesel engine on the next-generation Maruti Swift.
Rivals: Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo, Nissan Micra, Tata Bolt, Fiat Punto
Expected Price: INR 4.2-6.5 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Expected Release Date: 2017 in India
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[Source – Economic Times]