Suzuki have unveiled the latest version of India’s highly popular hot hatch, the Suzuki Swift at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
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Intended to hit European markets as early as April 2017 and set to arrive in India by August or early 2018, the hype surrounding the all-new Swift is real.
First impressions of the styling suggest to me that the design has been made a bit more European adopting the Renault hot hatch-esque approach. The car, to me, feels a bit softer around the edges and a bit cuter. The earlier version looked slightly meaner.
However, it does look a lot more dynamic and it is lower. The wheelbase has also been increased by 20 mm. With this comes more leg room. The side profile for the car looks good as well with the new C pillars for the door handles.
Boot space at the back has increased by 54 litres to a total of 265 litres. The height goes down by 15 mm and the seats have been lowered too. The new Suzuki Swift weighs 120 kg lesser than the old one!
Do I still care about the fact that it’s gotten slightly soft around the edges? No, I’m loving this so far!
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Talking about powertrain..
As expected, Suzuki have gone with the 3-cylinder 1.0 liter turbo Boosterjet engine that features in the new Baleno RS. The other variant talked about is the 4 cylinder 1.2 liter naturally aspirated Dualjet engine which is seen in the current European spec Swift and Baleno cars.
A new suspension shall also be employed making it lighter and more rigid.
The interior changes..
As with the Baleno, the new Swift features a lot of changes with the interior design.
Photo credit : Times of India.
I like the new dashboard and the twin-pod instrument cluster. The rather large infotainment screen looks to be a welcome addition. Overall, at the front, everything just looks a lot cleaner. As mentioned earlier, the wheelbase has been increased, which solves the leg room problem as well.
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I like the new Swift. It’s sportier, the interior is clean, and the leg room issue has been addressed. It’s lighter, lower, and wider – everything I like in a car.
The pricing is rumoured to be around 5.5 – 8.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).
My only concern is that the engines Suzuki are talking about are Euro spec and that’s where the 120 kg weight reduction comes in. We already know that all the expansive safety features such as dual sensor brake support and weaving alert will not feature in the Indian spec. It could be that a heavier engine might be used for the Indian version and the weight reduction might not actually be as high as 120 kg.
We’ll have to wait and see. Do you like it? Let me know what you think of the new Suzuki Swift in the comments below. Cheers!
– Aditya Bhat.