THE ALL NEW SWIFT 2018 IS THE TOP-SELLING CAR IN INDIA
ABOUT THE NEW SWIFT 2018
The all new Swift was launched at the Auto Expo in February, the new Maruti Swift 2018 has been making waves in the automobile industry. In fact, the hatchback clocked over 40,000 bookings even before its price announcement and by the end of February 2018 the figure crossed over 60,000 orders. Filling the big shoes of its predecessor that dominated the segment for decades, the new Swift has achieved a booking milestone of one lakh in just 10 weeks. It’s the highest and fastest ever figure achieved by a car in the passenger vehicle segment. Interestingly, about 31% of bookings are for the top-end variant and 15% for the AMT (auto gear shift) variants. The data reveals that 26% of customers are opting Swift for its style, followed by its features and the brand name. With a total sales of 22,776 units, the Maruti Suzuki Swift was the top-selling car of the month April, 2018. The hatchback outsold its four siblings including Dzire (21,401 units), Alto (21,233 units), Baleno (20,412 units) and WagonR (16,561 units).
FEATURES OF THE SWIFT
-5th Generation HEARTECT platform
– New front grille design
– LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs
– Floating roof
– Diamond Cut Alloys
– Wrap around taillamps
– New flat bottom steering wheel
– New HVAC controls with circular vents in centre
– Two pod instrument cluster
– Automatic climate control
– New touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system
– Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/MirrorLink connectivity
– Navigation system
– Bluetooth audio streaming– In-built voice recognition
– Contrasting trim on dashboard, door panels and floor
– Dual airbags
– ABS with EBD
– Reverse parking camera
– Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT)
– More fuel efficient engine
– New Prime Lucent Orange Colour
– Improved wind resistance More spacious cabin
– 28% better luggage space
– More aerodynamic design
NEW MARUTI SWIFT 2018 PRICE IN INDIA
|LXi||Rs 4.99 lakh|
|VXi||Rs 5.87 lakh|
|VXi AMT||Rs 6.34 lakh|
|ZXi||Rs 6.49 lakh|
|ZXi AMT||Rs 6.96 lakh|
|ZXi+||Rs 7.29 lakh|
|LDi||Rs 5.99 lakh|
|VDi||Rs 6.87 lakh|
|VDi AMT||Rs 7.34 lakh|
|ZDi||Rs 7.49 lakh|
|ZDi AMT||Rs 7.96 lakh|
|ZDi+||Rs 8.29 lakh|
In terms of design, features and performance, the new Swift is a lot better product than the old model. Additionally, the car comes loaded with several comfort, safety and connectivity goodies that are bereft in the previous version. While the engine setup remains unchanged, the hatchback uses Suzuki’s all-new HEARTECT platform which also underpins the new models like BalenoandDzire. The car also receives Auto Gear Shift (AGS) gearbox that brings it abreast with rivals.
The 2018 Maruti Swift carline is spread across 12 variants with both petrol and diesel engine options. Point that needs to be noted here is the AGS gearbox is available only on the mid-level VXi and ZXi petrol and VDi and ZDi diesel variants. While the petrol variants have been priced from Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 7.29 lakh, the diesel trims range from Rs 5.99 lakh to Rs 8.29 lakh (all, ex-showroom Delhi). The 2018 Maruti Swift is exclusively produced at Maruti Suzuki’s Gujarat based facility instead of the carmaker’s Manesar plant.
NEW MARUTI SWIFT 2018 BOOKINGS
Official bookings for the new Maruti Swift 2018 were commenced from 18th January, 2018 for Rs 11,000. Even before its launch at the Auto Expo (on February 8, 2018), Maruti Suzuki had confirmed that the hatchback recorded over 40,000 bookings. And in less than 15 days of its launch, the booking figures crossed 60,000 mark in India. Now, the hatchback has garnered over one lakh bookings in 10 weeks of duration. With this achievement, the 2018 Swift becomes the fastest passenger vehicle to mark this figure. In April 2018, the hatchback emerged as the top-selling car of the country.
NEW MARUTI SWIFT 2018 WAITING PERIOD
2018 Maruti Swift is, certainly, one of the biggest launches of this year. And proof of this lies in the fact that the hatchback commended waiting period of 6 to 8 weeks (as reported by dealers) even before its launch. Considering the increasing demand, the waiting period of the hatchback has also gone up. Currently, the new Swift has a waiting period of up to 4 to 5 months. It’s one of the recently launched Maruti Suzuki cars to posses the longest waiting period.
NEW MARUTI SWIFT 2018 EXTERIOR
Maruti Swift 2018 is the carmaker’s fourth product in India which is based on Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform. The others are Baleno premium hatchback, Ignis mini-SUV and new Dzire compact sedan. The new architecture is composed of 41% tensile steel that makes the third-generation Swift stiffer, stronger and lighter (by 100kg) than the old model. Maruti also claims that the power to weight ratio of the car has been improved for achieving better acceleration performance and drive experience. With majority of the updates made to the fascia, the new Swift seems to be a far cry from its predecessor.
In terms of design and styling, the 2018 Maruti Swift looks more mature and curvish than the previous model. While the entry-level variant features a blackened grille, other variants get a new hexagonal grille with chrome surround. What further enhance its sporty front look are all-new bumper accommodates new fog lamps and mesh air-intakes, and the sculpted bonnet. Styling bits like LED projector headlamps with a signature LED daytime running light design, wrap around windshield with unified DLO (day light opening) graphic and vertically sweeping lamps are also on offer.
Towards the side profile, the hatchback’s new-gen model looks largely identical to the second-gen Swift. Though, it gets new dual tone diamond cut alloy wheels, new outside rear view mirrors with integrated blinkers and floating roof line. The height of the car has been trimmed down by 30mm, which should make it more proportionate. The rear door handles are now positioned on the C-pillar, similar to the Mahindra KUV100. Multiple updates have been made to the rear end of the hatchback. Round the back, it sports new wrap-around tail-lamps, new roof spoiler, larger body coloured bumper, flatter lid and shorter windscreen.
Maruti Suzuki has introduced a new Prime Lucent Orange colour scheme on the new-generation Swift. The hatchback also continues to come in the five regular shades – Prime Midnight Blue, SLD Fire Red, PRL Arctic White, Met Silky Silver and Met Magma Grey.
NEW MARUTI SWIFT 2018 INTERIOR
omprehensive updates continue inside the cabin as well. With a new layout and lots of new goodies, the 2018 Maruti Swift offers a more up-market and comfortable interior than the previous generation. The hatchback also witnessed improvement in terms of material quality and fit and finish. One of the prominent changes inside the cabin is the newly designed dashboard featuring contrasting trims for a contemporary look. The door and floor panels also come with contrast trims. Similar to the new Dzire, the 2018 Swift gets a new three-spoke flat bottom steering wheel with mounted controls and urbane satin chrome finish.
In order to improve its connectivity level, Maruti equips the car with a new touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system with smartphone connectivity options such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. It also gets in-built voice recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming and navigation. Features such as new HVAC controls with circular vents, automatic climate control with integrated digital displays and two-pod instrument dials with a large MID are also on offer.
SHOULD YOU BUY IT?
With an all-new look, spacious and better equipped cabin and fuel-efficient engines, the Maruti Swift has been defending its spot in the entry level B segment that offers other credible models. While the hatchback has retained the old engine setup, Maruti has calibrated them for achieving better fuel economy and performance. That said, the new Swift is the most fuel-efficient car in its category. Attributes such as more evolved design, feature-loaded cabin and frugal engines makes the new Maruti Swift 2018 a value for money car.
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Published by Saksham Bakshi