Maruti set to capture greater market share with all new Swift
New Delhi:Later this week, country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki will come out with an all new Swift, which was the game changer when it was launched the first time in Indian market and which again could prove to be a runaway winner in the segment with all new looks and changes brought about in it. At first look, the new Swift strikes you with its bold styling and youthful looks. But one feels the designers could have done something more with its front, which although is all new but it is based on Maruti Suzuki’s latest version of its compact sedan — Dzire. However, it has a more sporty look with the chrome missing from the grille and it being all black. The headlamps also have a sharper look and come with day time running lights and projector lamps, which now has become standard with most cars. The all-new Swift is more aerodynamic and poised to offer superior ride, handling and drivability. The proven engines have further been tuned for superior performance with better fuel economy. Equipped with two-pedal technology, the all-new Swift brings in enhanced comfort and convenience for buyers. AGS is calibrated as per characteristics of new Swift to offer great performance and driving experience. Discerning Swift customers will be thrilled to find the driver-oriented cockpit design, flat bottom steering and urbane satin chrome finish in this newest avatar. The bolstered seats offer better seating comfort. On safety, the all-new Swift embodies Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) for occupant protection and complies with frontal offset and side impact regulations and meets advanced regulations for pedestrian safety. Dual airbags and ABS with EBD and ISOFIX (child seat restraint system) are standard. It is stronger and safer with significant usage of high tensile steel leading to improvement in rigidity and strength. The driver seat is comfortable with good under-thigh support and the side bolstering on the seat adds a nice snug feel. The all-new Swift is 40 mm wider, which infuses a stronger, muscular and well-grounded look to it. At the same time, a 20mm longer wheel base creates more cabin space. While designing the interiors, the theme was to make the all-new Swift reflect a sporty, high-quality, advanced and easy to use cabin space for the passenger. The cockpit design of the interior is enhanced by driver-side tilted HMI (human-machine interface) controls. The interiors are tastefully coordinated with urbane satin chrome finish on the instrument panel, steering, doors and speedometer rings. The flat bottom steering wheel, a new addition on the hatchback, augments the sporty appeal of the interiors. The luggage space increases by 58 litres, around 28% more than the second generation Swift. Around 24 mm more headroom, and a better seat back angle, further enhances the comfort in the rear seats. If you look at the car from the side then it’s got that classic Swift styling of tapering at the back. The door handles to the backseat are gone and can now be found on the C-pillars adjacent to the rear passenger windows—just like Chevrolet’s hatchback Beat. The alloy wheels are new and there are two variants—the precision cut two-tone alloys that come with the manual-transmission variants of the car and the rather simple and drag looking ones that come with the automatic-transmission versions. The two-tone alloys look smart and classy; the other variant, we don’t care too much about. The new Swift is available in six colours—Lucent Orange, Midnight Blue, Fire Red, Arctic White, Silky Silver, and Magma Grey. The all-new Swift will be available with the trusted K12 VVT engine and DDiS 190 engine. These acclaimed engines have further been tuned for superior performance, coupled with highly balanced suspensions for better ride and comfort. The all-new Swift is more aerodynamic with improvement in wind resistance (coefficient of drag) leading to more fuel efficient and better performance. The all-new Swift will now be available with Maruti Suzuki’s acclaimed Auto Gear Shift (AGS) technology in both petrol and diesel trims. The 7- inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is now a familiar feature in Maruti Suzuki cars is there in the manual variants, but is surprisingly missing from the automatic versions. New circular central AC vents along with big rotary controls for climate control, add a nice touch. The instrument cluster is new as well, with twin hooded binnacles for the speedometer and the tachometer. USB and Aux ports are conveniently placed and can be reached by the driver easily. As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, Maruti Suzuki claims the new Swift will deliver 22 kmpl on the petrol variant and 28 kmpl on the diesel variant.