New Maruti Suzuki Swift launched at Auto Expo 2018 – Price, Variants, Review

Maruti Suzuki India launched the third generation Swift at the Auto Expo 2018 on 8th February. The all-new Swift comes with a new exciting design, enhanced performance and advanced safety features for passengers, children in the car and pedestrians. The Swift is now peppier, and roomier!

Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki said that the Brand Swift is loved for its bold stance, strong shoulders and unmistakable road presence. Since its launch in 2005, Swift has been India’s favourite hatchback, selling over 1.8 million units. The new Swift is more spacious, it is loaded with new features that will thrill the customers.

What’s new?

For the first time, the Swift comes with the acclaimed auto gear shift technology as seen on Maruti Suzuki’s other offerings. It has a superior power-to-weight ratio as it is built on Suzuki’s innovative 5th gen HEARTECT platform. The new platform also gives it more strength and rigidity. Also new on the car is the single-aperture front grill complemented with an all-round seamless flow and sculpted body with strong shoulders. The wrap around windshield, along with the windows and the A and B pillars, extend to the back door glass and give a visual effect of having a floating roof.

The Swift gets new LED projector headlamps with a distinct design signature element on LED DRL and rear position lamp. It has some beautiful precision cut two-tone alloy wheels.

One of the most interesting things in this new Swift is that it comes with color coördinated interior theme accentuated by Urban Satin Chrome finish. The center console and instrument cluster are now better angled at the driver, making them easier to use than ever.

The new Swift has improved NVH levels. It now comes with a big 17.72 cm Smart Play Infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror link capabilities. Also integrated in this system is a wide-angle parking camera’s display. The SPI also has voice recognition with Indian accent English.

On the safety front, it comes with Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX (child seat restraint system) as standard now. Numbers wise – the new Swift is 40 mm wider, has 20 mm longer wheel-base that created more cabin space.

One of India’s biggest question has an answer. Kitna deti hai?  It offers the best-in-segment fuel efficiency for both the engine options; 22.0 kmpl for the petrol and 28.4 kmpl for diesel. It is now 98% localized. And that’s why it is priced so well.

Engine, Variants and Pricing

The all-new Swift comes in two engine options: Petrol 1.2L VVT and Diesel DDiS 190. The engines are now tuned for superior performance coupled with highly balanced suspensions for better ride and comfort. The variants and pricing was announced at the launch at the Auto Expo 2018. To be very honest, it is priced very aptly. Check out the pricing and variants in the image below.

Colors

It comes in a new Pearl Metallic Lucent Orange, my favorite Pearl Metallic Midnight Blue, Solid Fire Red, Pearl Arctic White, Metallic Silky Silver, and Metallic Magma Grey.

Here are some photos of the Pearl Metallic Midnight Blue Swift:

Watch the TVC of the all-new Swift

Review

The Swift is really more feature loaded, more stylish and more bang for the buck than ever. It can easily become your choice of hatchback if you planning to buy one in the market today. Especially the interiors are now more welcoming and spacious. It does get #thebestcarblogever’s recommendation! I’ll see if I do get the car for a Test drive review soon!

Check out more details on the official website here.

Would I choose the new face-lifted Elite i20 or this all-new Swift? Watch out for my post on the i20 also launched at the Auto Expo 2018 to find out!

Automotive news for January 2018

It seems like yesterday that 2018 started. But January is already over. And the amount of time I got to sit and write blog posts in the first month is very evident. In order to make the best of this situation, I am starting with this monthly automotive news summary series. So, here is a summary of all the interesting things that happened in the month of January 2018 (in case you missed it).

New Cars Launched In India

Kwid Special Edition

The Renault Kwid Special Edition was launched at the starting price of Rs 2.66 lakhs ex-showroom. It has some lime-accent graphics and highlights. One of the best parts of this Special Edition is that it comes with Reverse Parking Sensors as standard irrespective of the variant you choose.

Photo via Rushlane

New Audi Q5

The 2018 Q5 was launched at the starting price of Rs 53.25 lakhs ex-showroom. It has grown in dimensions and now mimics the design of the larger Q7. It comes with the same 2.0L TDI engine, but mated to a new 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission. It does 0-100 kmph in 7.8 seconds and has a top speed of 218 kmph. ARAI claimed fuel efficiency is 17.01 kmpl. There are no plans for a petrol-engine Q5 for now. Direct competitors for the Q5 are the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60.

Datsun redi-GO AMT

Datsun launched the AMT variant of its small car redi-GO at the starting price of Rs 3.80 lakhs ex-showroom, but only with the 999cc 3-cyl petrol engine. In terms of pricing, it is cheaper that Kwid AMT. This version claims a fuel efficiency of 25.17 kmpl.

Lamborghini Urus

The first Super SUV, Lamborghini Urus was launched here in India just 38 days after its global unveil at the price of Rs 3 crore ex-showroom. The Urus comes with a 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 engine, in the front of the car. The engine produces 641 bhp and 850 Nm of peak torque. This performance SUV can do 0-100 kmph in just 3.6 seconds and then 200 kmph in 12.8 seconds. It has the top speed of 305 kmph, which also makes it the fastest SUV in the world. It is based on the MLB platform, which is also the base for the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7.

Configured close to what I would get the Urus as!

Lexus LS500h

Lexus’s flagship luxury sedan LS500h was launched in India at the starting price of Rs 1.77 crore Ex-showroom. It is powered by a 3.5L V6 petrol engine combined with a 310.8kV Lithium ion battery, delivering 15.38 km/litre in a BS6 compliant vehicle. The LS 500h goes up against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 L and the Jaguar XJ L and in fact is here at a great time considering both Mercedes-Benz and Audi are planning to launch their updated flagship sedans in 2018.

Isuzu V-Cross 2018

The 2018 Isuzu V-Cross was launched at Rs 14.26 lakhs (Standard variant) & Rs 15.76 lakhs (High variant), ex-showroom. While the powertrain remains the same, it is marginally expensive than the previous version. This is the first major upgrade which includes a host of new cosmetic changes, features and equipment on board. It gets LED DRLs instead of Fog Lamps, LED taillights and a redesigned tail-gate. More upgrades are in terms of safety – ABS as standard, Electronic Stability Control & Traction Control System are available on the top-end ‘High’ trim. Also a new Ruby Red exterior color has been introduced along with the previous Brown, Black, Silver, Grey and White options.

Range Rover Velar

The Range Rover Velar was launched at Rs 78.83 lakhs ex-showroom. It is positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. It competes with the BMW X6 and the Porsche Macan. Globally, the Velar has received a great response – it has pre-booked till March 2018 and the deliveries were supposed to start January 2018.

Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition

The Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition marks the model completing six years in India. It is priced at Rs 50.20 lakh (ex-showroom). The ‘Landmark Edition’ is based on the SE variant of the Evoque and gets minor exterior and interior updates. It will be offered in three exterior paint colours (including the Luminescent Moraine Blue you see in the photo below). Also part of this limited edition are gloss-black 18-inch alloy wheels, a new body kit and body-colored lower door cladding. There is also a graphite finish for the grille, a Carpathian Gray finish for the fender vent and tailgate lettering and the Contrast roof.

On the inside, the Landmark Edition gets grained ebony leather seats with light lunar stitching in contrast; with the centre console finished in dark satin-brushed aluminium. It is comes equipped with a gesture-operated powered tailgate, along with all the other features of the SE variant.

The Evoque Landmark Edition is available only with the 180hp, 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine; it’s not offered with the 240hp 2.0-litre petrol motor.

Mercedes S350d BS-VI edition

India got its first BS-VI (Bharat Stage 6) complaint vehicle – the new Mercedes-Benz S350d. It complies with the Emission standards which all automobile manufacturers need to comply by 2020. The S 350 d features the most powerful diesel car in Mercedes-Benz history.

Maserati Levante

Maserati also launched its first SUV, the Levante at the starting price of Rs 1.75 Crore ex-showroom. It comes powered by a 3.0L V6 diesel engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine develops 275PS of power, enough to do 0-100 kmph in 6.9 seconds. The Levante has a claimed top speed of 230 kmph. And yes, it can go off-road as it has an all-wheel drive system. The Maserati Levante competes with the Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X6 in India. All of these come powered with a diesel engine and are priced upwards of Rs 1 crore.

Maserati Levante

What Next?

It is February already! And next up is India’s Auto Expo 2018

The Best CAR Blog Ever is going to be there and we’re going to have some fun! Wait and watch! Follow me on Instagram @thebestcarblogever and Facebook Page /thebestCARblogever to get notified about everything from the Auto Expo first.

I’ll be there to bring you the details first on February 7 – 8, 2018. Auto Expo 2018 is open for the general public from February 9 to February 14, 2018 at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. For more information visit the official website. And to book your tickets, go to Book My Show.

#AE18xTBCBE coming soon!