New Maruti Suzuki Swift test drive & review

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1. Is that the new Swift or is that the new Swift?! Well, the design is more an evolution rather than a revolution. And you can’t be blamed if you mistake it for the older one. Looks like Maruti Suzuki wanted to play it safe and not tamper with the way the Swift always looked. Though it looks similar to its predecessor, under the skin, it’s all-new. The grille looks sporty and aggressive when seen up close and the 15-inchers plus the dynamic alloy design in the top-end version make it look Euro-spec.

6. The 1.2-litre four-cylinder K-series engine now gets VVT that betters fuel efficiency while the diesel has been tuned to stretch the litre. Maruti Suzuki claims 18.6 kpl for the petrol and 22.9 for the diesel.

7. The 1197cc inline-four petrol engine develops 86 bhp at 6000 rpm and 11.6 kgm of torque at 4000 rpm, while the 1248cc inline-four turbodiesel offers 74 bhp at 4000 rpm and 19.3 kgm at 2000 revs. The five-speed gearbox in the new Swift has that detent pin technology for smoother gearshifts.

9. Nothing wrong with the diesel motor. It still has the punch and the refinement, but there is a teeny bit of lag at the bottom-end. The DDiS has the ability to cruise effortlessly and now it promises more kilometres to the litre as well – what else do you want?

11. More on the new Swift later, on bsmotoring.com and of course, a more exhaustive report in the September issue of Business Standard Motoring. So till then, here’s the verdict on the new Swift: it’s brilliant, quite a few glitches have been ironed out and it has that interior feel-good factor now. It remains the benchmark it always was, right down to the way it looks!