While the all-new Swift has been launched in markets abroad, we the Indians have got the Dzire compact-sedan ahead of the donor hatchback based on our market demand. Also, the Baleno is holding up the fight pretty well in the premium hatchback space, so the Swift can take its time to arrive on our shores.
Suzuki however have showcased the hybrid version of the Swift for the Japanese market, and it comes in two variants – SG & SGL. Prices when converted are upwards of INR 9 lakh, so most definitely, this version won’t come to India as the cost would do no justice to this popular hatchback.
So what’s worth talking about the Swift Hybrid? Well, it comes powered by a 1.2L, 4-cylinder petrol motor coupled to a 10 kW electric motor matched to a 5-speed AMT gearbox. You get a total of 91 PS of power on tap. But the highlight is the fuel efficiency figure which stands tall at 32.0 kmpl. Won’t you love to own a hatchback with such efficiency numbers? And from a brand who’s catch phrase has always been ‘Kitna Deti Hai’.
We might get the mild-hybrid versions of the Swift in our market, if at all any hybrid has to be made available for us.
The all-new Swift measures 3,840mm in length, 1,695mm in width, 1,500mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,450mm. The new Swift is still an evolutionary design, and is more curvaceous than before. The inside is where the major change shows clearly, and the revamped interiors do look far more sportier than ever.
Expect the new Swift to make a debut by early 2018, mostly at the Auto Expo.