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Maruti Swift Facelift May Launch in India Soon

New Maruti Swift facelift is expected to have more chrome and a more powerful petrol engine

  • 2020 Suzuki Swift has been unveiled in Japan, and Maruti Swift Facelift in India is expected to be launched with similar changes.

  • The front bumper is sportier with a new grille and a chrome bar.

  • Indian Maruti Swift facelift may get 89 BHP from 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine that the Dzire has.

  • New engine is more fuel efficient with automatic idle start-stop feature.

  • Other new features include ESC, latest infotainment system and hill assist.

The Maruti Suzuki Swift is the most popular models in the mid-size hatchback segment. The facelift version of the 3rd-generation model of the car is expected to be launched in late 2020 or early 2021 and is likely to based on the newly launched 2020-model launched in Japan by Suzuki.

With the yearly update, the Swift has received a slightly tweaked exterior look featuring new design for the front main grille and front bumper. Like the older version, the new Swift is also available in two different designs for the front grille and bumper. Similarly it also receives two alloy wheels options. The hatchback has been given two new dual-tone paint schemes - Rush Yellow metallic with Silver roof and Flame Orange Pearl metallic.

The new Swift gets a much milder facelift, unlike the 2020 Dzire. It features a revised front fascia with a new studded grill with a chrome bar in the middle along with a sportier bumper. Most feature updates are in regards to the active safety equipment such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert. The Japan-spec Suzuki Swift comes with multiple powertrain options including a hybrid option as well.

Its variant-list include XG, RS, Hybrid MG, Hybrid RS and Hybrid SZ trims. While the Hybrid RS/RS has been given four new paint schemes including Orange/Red/Blue and Yellow. The Hybrid SG, Hybrid MG and XG comes with two new colour options including - Orange and Yellow. Apart from that, it also gets options of mild-hybrid and full-hybrid (strong-hybrid).

In terms of transmission choices, its petrol and petrol-electric mild-hybrid versions can be had with a 5-speed MT or a CVT option. While the petrol-electric full-hybrid is available with a 5-speed AMT.

In terms of cabin updates, the Swift gets a new 4.2-inch colour MID, apart from that there is also a newly introduced 360-degree around-view monitor for more convenience.

Its 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine with mild hybrid tech makes 90 BHP and 118Nm, making it 1 BHP and 5Nm more powerful than what the engine makes in the India-spec Dzire facelift. The hybrid variant adds a bigger lithium-ion battery for more grunt from its AC synchronous motor. This hybrid model was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. Suzuki offers the Swift in Japan with front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants with the choice of a 5-speed manual, 5-speed AMT or a CVT automatic transmission. There is an RS variant with sportier suspension and sporty cosmetic touches. It is not to be confused with the Suzuki Swift Sport model which has a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine that makes 139BHP and 230Nm.

In India, Maruti might introduce similar cosmetic updates in the India-spec model soon. It will also get the same 1.2-litre Dualjet VVT petrol engine with automatic engine idle stop-start as offered in the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. That will add 7PS of power to the Swift along with improved fuel efficiency. Other updates based on the 2020 Dzire include the latest version of the 7.0-inch SmartPlay infotainment system, cruise control, ESC (electronic stability control) and hill hold assist.

The face-lifted Swift may attract a premium over its current prices that range from Rs 5.19 lakhs to Rs 8.02 lakhs. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Ford Figo are Maruti Suzuki Swift's closest rivals.

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