It is India’s best selling hatchback at present and has held this position for a pretty long time now. The Maruti Suzuki Swift was launched in the Indian market way back in 2005 and it has been selling like hot cakes ever since. Maruti Suzuki has not been shy to upgrade the car whenever necessary and over the years, the Swift received a few upgrades and a major facelift and redesign as well.
The Maruti Suzuki swift sells very well even unto this day, but sales have comparatively slowed down when compared to the previous months’ sales records and this was due to greater competition from its rivals. Maruti Suzuki isn’t going to just sit and watch the sales decline, they had to do something to regain their market share and have hence decided to launch yet another facelift to the Swift.
Maruti Suzuki has announced that they will be launching the Swift facelift during or after 2014 Diwali festive season, but latest news on Economic Times suggests September 16th as launch date, along with Swift automatic variant to face the recently launched competition like the latest Volkswagen Polo, the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Punto Evo etc… Already the facelifted model was spotted in India for the first time by Gaadiwaadi, what appears to be at Manesar plant stockyard.
On the facelifted Swift, the main changes are expected to be carried out on the interiors of the car, while the exterior will have just a few minor changes. The changes to the exterior will include a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights and redesigned LED tail-lamps too, another major upgrade is the availability of newer colors in the palette to choose from.
The interior design language too will be changed completely and will focus on providing more comfort and convenience features to the occupants, Maruti Suzuki might even launch the top of the line Swift Zxi and Zdi models with a touchscreen entertainment system, considering that its main rival , the Tata Zest has been launched with a Harman-Kardon Touchscreen Infotainment System.
With the Swift facelift, Maruti Suzuki will also be upgrading the safety systems on the car and along with ABS and ESP, Maruti Suzuki might go all-in and introduce dual airbags as standard equipment.
Mechanically though, the car will remain the same and one will still be able to choose between the 1.2 liter, naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder, 85 PS petrol engine and the 1.3 liter Multijet, 74 PS, turbo-diesel engine. The folks at Economic Times also say automatic variant will be on offer, but its unclear if Swift will receive same AMT kit as in Celerio or will it get the 4-speed automatic unit from its brother DZire.
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Source – Economic Times
Image Credit – GaadiWaadi