2018 Suzuki Swift (Maruti Swift) spotted in India for the first time
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
CarToq has published images of the 2018 Maruti Swift spotted for the first time on Indian soil. The car appears to be parked at the cargo hold of an airport.
The example in the images appears to be that of the JDM-spec Suzuki Swift brought in for study or demo. Visually, the car is identical to the Hybrid SL variant sold in Japan and features a ‘Hybrid’ badge on the boot lid. It also gets the blue accent on the gear selector which is unique to the Swift Hybrid variant. Power comes from a 1.2 L K12C petrol engine paired with a 10 kW Motor Generator. It has a maximum output of 91 PS and 118 Nm. One of the pictures of the interior reveals that this particular example has an automatic transmission. According to the specifications listed on the official Suzuki website for Japan, it features a 5-speed AGS.
The Pure White Pearl finished Swift gets projector headlamps with LED DRLs, front fog lamps, LED tail lamp detailing and alloy wheels. The cabin features an all-black treatment. There’s a centrally mounted touchscreen unit, automatic climate control, and a multifunction steering wheel.
The 2018 Maruti Swift is based on the HEARTECT platform as the Baleno, Ignis and the Dzire. In India, it is expected to carry forward the same set of 1.2 L K12C petrol and 1.3 L DDiS diesel engines that power the current Swift. Unlike the JDM-spec Suzuki Swift, the Indian market is not expected to get the hybrid tech or even the mild hybrid tech from the Ciaz and Ertiga. However, MSIL will offer the new Swift in diesel and petrol automatic variants with a 5-speed AMT.
The new 2018 Maruti Swift will arrive early next year. It is expected to make its debut in India at the Auto Expo scheduled to start February 9, 2018. Prices of the new Swift are likely to fall in the INR 5.00-8.00 lakh range.
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[source – CarToq]