The third generation of Maruti Suzuki Swift may have only been in the market since 2018, but an updated version is already running. Expected to hit showrooms approximately sometime in the third quarter of 2020 due to delays associated with the coronavirus, the refreshed Maruti swift will have minor facelift, a more powerful Dualjet petrol engine, and minor changes on the inside.
The real talking point, of the conversation, of course, is the new engine: the third petrol in Swift’s 15-year history. The maximum power of the dual injector motor (per cylinder) engine sees a substantial jump from 7hp to 90hp, and it combines with the expected kerb weight of 895kg, and you arrive at a power-to-weight ratio of about 100hp per ton. So expect a good performance boost, with 0-100 kph time of 10-11sec.
While Maruti has steered clear of the trend of turbocharged direct injection petrol at the moment, the Dualjet engine could offer the best of both worlds. For one reason, direct-injection turbo petrols, which appear in many competing products, are more expensive to manufacture. Hence, the Suzuki Dualjet engine with the hybrid system can become more efficient in the real world. Turbo delay and boosting of these smaller capacity motors often cause damage to fuel flow and efficiency, so Maruti might have a good thing here. A healthy improvement in overall fuel efficiency is also expected.
While Maruti swift has been facelifted in other markets with a prominent chin and a mild side skirt, India is likely to get only a few of these updates. The parts that can be switched from international facelift include large fighter-shaped ‘air intakes’ that surround fog, new headlights, and Maruti also work on a new, larger grille. The Indian car will also likely get larger alloys and a wider rear bumper.
No changes are expected inside. There will be some compatibility improvements, a new and larger touch screen could be drafted in, and Maruti can even debut its new SIM-based connected tech system here. In general, there is a long wait, especially if the carmaker keeps a lid on the prices. Prices could start at Rs 6 lakh and go up to 8.25 Rs lakh for top-end Swift variants.