The Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most popular hatchbacks in the world, and the best selling in India. One of the lesser known facts about the Swift is that, it is replaced by the next-gen model every 5-6 years, and the time has come again for the current-gen Swift to be replaced with the next-gen Swift.
The next-gen Swift is due to be launched in 2016 and our sources have reported that Maruti Suzuki is almost half way into the development of the next-gen Swift, the development has reached the phase wherein, we could soon have spy pictures of the next-gen Swift being tested around the globe in a camouflaged state.
Now, we do not have the detailed specifications of the next-gen Swift, and it is a bit too early to be fishing for specifications of the upcoming car, but for now, we do know that the next-gen Swift will be based on the all new platform of the Baleno. The Baleno hatchback, which will be launched tomorrow, is based on an all-new platform designed by parent company, Suzuki and this platform uses high-tensile steel for its construction. 41% of the new platform’s construction is made up of high tensile steel.
There are many who are concerned with the safety issues in the current-gen Swift, which was made pretty evident when the current gen Swift scored an astonishing ‘0-stars’ in the Euro NCAP safety test. Well, the use of the high-tensile steel in the construction of the next-gen Swift means that, the car will be a lot more safer, and lighter as well.
To put things in perspective, the top of the line Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback, which is to be launched this month, even in fully loaded form weighs 100 kilograms lighter than the current-gen Swift Zdi. In the world of motoring, lighter is always better, as it improves handling, efficiency as well as performance, which is a win-win situation for all.
What makes this deal sweeter for us Indians is that the new Baleno will be manufactured at the company’s plant located at Manesar with localization of nearly 98 percentage. This means that they will be able to price it competitively and this also means that the new Swift will be easier to manufacture and it will also be priced competitively.
To improve economies of scale, we can also expect Maruti Suzuki to use a common parts bin, so we would not be surprised to find most of the interiors of the Baleno, on the next gen Swift. What about the exteriors then? Well, it is very clear that Indians love the Swift family, and demand for the Swift has not dropped since it was first launched in 2004, and it continues to average sales of around 38000 units a month (Swift and Dzire combined) which goes to show that we love the design language very much indeed, and Suzuki has been wise enough not to mess with the design of the Swift.
Sources have revealed that the design of the next-gen Swift is more of an evolution than a revolution and it sticks to the design features of the current gen Swift. We are not sure about the engines which will be used in the next-gen Swift, but we expect a bump up in power of the engines currently used.
(Note: The above show pictures is for representational purpose only, however, the actual Next-gen Swift may defer from the model shown here.)
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