Even six years after its launch, the Swift has not bottomed out in sales, one of very few cars in Indian market to have achieved such a feat. Such is the reputation of this sporty looking hatchback going into the next generation of the Swift launched in 2011. The new swift comes in six variants- 3 petrol and 3 diesel variants. The engines are the same which powered the previous generation up to 2010, but have been well refined for better fuel efficiency. The swift has also overtaken its smaller sibling Alto in terms of units sold in a single month, which is now a record 19000 odd units against Alto’s 17000 odd units in 2006.
The petrol version of the new swift is powered by an 1197 cc VVT engine which generates about 86 bhp of maximum power and 114 Nm of maximum torque, while its diesel counterpart is powered by a 1248 cc DDiS engine, sourced from FIAT which generates about 74 bhp of maximum power and 190 Nm of maximum torque. The base model of Swift petrol is priced competitively at Rs 4.22 lakhs whereas the base model of Swift diesel is priced at Rs 5.17 lakhs. Both the petrol and diesel engines are now mounted by means of hydraulic units which Maruti Suzuki says has reduced noise and vibration felt inside the cabin.
The new swift is expected to give 13 kmpl in the city and 19 kmpl in the highway for the petrol model and the diesel is expected to give 18 kmpl in the city and 25 kmpl in the highway. The exteriors have had a slight change from its previous generation like the new headlamps and tail lights, new design of alloy wheels, new bumpers, fog lamps and front grille. Maruti Suzuki has completely reworked the interiors of the new swift from the 2010 model. It features an all-new instrument cluster, central console, steering mounted audio controls, automatic climate control and dash integrated music system with AUX, USB port, 4 speakers and 2 tweeters (for top end model). The swift is equipped with 6 computers on board for various purposes like engine management system, electronic power steering, automatic climate control, anti-lock braking system, central locking and airbag deployment.
Overall, the new Swift scores well when it comes to fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, value for money and resale value, but falters again when it comes to pricing and overall space provided in the car. The main drawback of this car is its overpricing in its segment as compared to other cars like the Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, Toyota Etios Liva and Hyundai i20. Another main problem is the already less boot space, which is still more decreased in this new 2011 model. Other problems include a cramped rear seat, not much comfortable and small rear windows going against the new Swift. But, even then, it remains the segment leader in the Indian market which makes this car somewhat special indeed.