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.


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


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!

Fast and Furious: The Saga So far and the Missing Part

So I finally got to catch the fast car flick Fast and Furious 6 last week, and I was…really entertained and happy, especially with the awesome CARs and the huge Tank too! 😀

And as I had promised that I would also give my review on it, this post had to come… Better late than never…
While I was out of words to explain the movie, I read an interesting blog post by Mustard Seeds who wrote a complete take on all the five parts of this series… The Saga So far…

Here’s the complete post! Thanks to Mustard Seeds (Jacob Sahms)…


In 2001, Universal Pictures delivered the car-racing, screen-stealing action flick The Fast and the Furiousintent on launching the career of the pretty boy Paul Walker and continuing the upward trend of the gravelly-voiced hulk Vin Diesel. After a strange step away by Vin Diesel in the out-of-sequence sophomore outing and the out-of-sequence Tokyo Drift, Diesel returned in the third and hasn’t looked back since. And now, we’re just days away from a sixth adrenaline-infused outing that looks to defy anything you’ve expected from it before, while banking on the multi-ethnic, comic, dramatically thrilling stunt show that anchors in the real-life action rather than in CGI “cheating.” So, how’d we get here?

In the original, Walker’s Brian O’Conner goes undercover with the gang of Dom Torretto (Diesel), who oversees a crew of illegal street racers who moonlight as semi hijackers. O’Conner falls hard for Torretto’s sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), under the watchful eye of Torretto’s girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Torretto’s “little brother, Jesse (Chad Lindberg), and Mia’s ex-boyfriend, Vince (Matt Schultze). But O’Conner’s bosses turn up the heat on the investigation after he points the finger at the wrong racer, Jonny Tran (Rick Yune), and the net closes in on Torretto’s crew. A shoot-out, a car/bike chase, and a speeding train all lend themselves to ten minutes of action that best be seen, not read about. Overall, this one is a 9 out of 10 for action and pithy quotes like Torretto’s life mantra: “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time.”

The opening of the sophomore follow-up from 2003, 2Fast2Furious, throws a barrage of actors who are now hot names, like Michael Ealy, Ludacris, Amaury Nolasco, and later, the rapper-turned-movie star Tyrese Gibson. Here, the fugitive O’Conner is responsible for infiltrating an Argentinian drug lord named Verrone (Cole Hauser) with his ex-con buddy Roman (Gibson), as they follow the path blazed by Customs Agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes).   The set-up from the first one has been established as a trend: we’re watching a thrilling car-driven (no pun intended) actioner that mixes race, gender, and style as long as the people are pretty and the chemistry works. But they’ve stepped up the conflict from local and gang-related; now, it’s taking on the mob, and the Diesel element is no longer present. Gibson is no Diesel, but he holds his own (and looks more comfortable than he does running around against a CGI screen in the Transformers series). Verrone is a bad man, as proofed by his rat scene with Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy) but this one has its fair share of humor, too (ejector seats, anyone?) The window is bigger but the outcome remains the same: it’s all about the race for freedom!

The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) appears out of sequence, as it’s supposed to happen after all of the others. It was received poorly at the box office and critically, without the star power of Diesel, Walker, or… anyone else. But it did bring in director Justin Lin, who has booted the series back into stunt driving heaven. ‘Nuff said.

Fast & Furious (2009) finds Torretto and his crew hijanking tanker trucks in the Dominican Republic but when they encounter too much trouble, Torretto breaks up the queue. Letty is gunned down by a drug-running street racing crew that O’Conner is also investigating, and suddenly Torretto and O’Conner are back at odds and working against the same common enemy, Arturo Braga (John Ortiz). While this one has more of the sense that the original did, with more racing and less blah-blah-blah, it’s just a subpar movie compared to some of the others. Sure, we can appreciate the opening scene and the final race through the tunnels, but in between, this feels like any other heist movie, and not a particularly good one. But Walker and Vin Diesel are back in the center of the screen, and that makes for better stuff all around.

Fast Five (2011) is quite possibly the best of the lot, yes, even better than the first. After O’Conner and Mia land in Rio de Janeiro, they join up with Vince (who has been hiding out there since the end of the first film) and Torretto to steal some cars. But the car they steal rides in the drug war between drug lord Herman Reyes (Joaquin de Almeida) and Diplomatic Secret Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Which sets up a wonderful beefy meathead versus beefy meathead battle royale between Diesel and the Rock. Let’s see what Lin has cookin’!

The skydiving stunt at the beginning has awesome written all over it. But it’s the first in a long sequence of spectacular stunts as Lin’s crew ramps up the non-CGI action here. The crew goes after the drug kingpin’s money, and that truly ramps up the rest of the film. It has an Ocean’s Eleven-meets-The Italian Job feel to it, given that the crew continues to blossom, the violence is cartoonish (most of the time), and the humor is fast and loose in physical humor and one-line barbs exclaimed between characters. But it also throws out conversations between Torretto and O’Conner about fatherhood (yep, Mia is preggers), showing that it’s family-related AND that even in this fast-and-loose series, that they know some growing up is necessary.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) shows that Lin, Diesel, et al. have a sense of humor. How else could you appreciate a film that includes a battle with a tank or a car chase-flying-from-an-exploding-plane as we’ve seen in the trailer? And how about the return of Letty, as both a ploy and a major question for Torretto? What will “family” look like when Rodriguez and Haywire’s Gina Carano are done beating the heck out of each other? I’m betting on seamless energy, amazing stunts, and double-doses of humor and entertainment.

Where else can you see a multi-ethnic battle of wills, where race and financial status aren’t what determines who is good and who is evil? Where else can you see men and women fighting for family (and not just sex) to make their way in the world and establish their identities? I’m not saying its great theater or that the films would be half what they are if you sucked out the great stunts, driving, and base backbeats, but please, did you see this one turning into a trivia question about movies that have delivered more than three films successfully at the box office?

Torretto is the godfather of a crime family you find yourself cheering for. Death before dishonour might be what they claim for themselves, but it’s more along the lines of family before isolation or community over individualism. It’s a strange blend because the racers themselves are vying for position, to be the best, the fastest, the boldest, but they constantly attribute their strength to what they hold in common: their value of loyalty above all.

We’ll see what Friday adds to the mix but for now, you have time to kick back and catch a few thrilling chases, a couple of life-defining lines, and a sense of adventure that’s contagious.

His post was before the film released… So now about the sixth instalment (after most of us have seen it)…
This one is more about the importance of ‘family’ and that too a complete one… When everyone from the last five parts teams together to defeat the mastermind, whom Hobbs has been tracking across 12 countries since the end of the fifth part… they battle against new and powerful machines… The chase are very entertaining, interesting and bring you to the edge of your seat. You get to see improved and matured driving skills…enough to even bring down a cargo plane… In the end, you see a few moments from the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift where Han (Sung Kang) takes to the streets of Tokyo and gets killed in an accident…this scene is continued with the appearance of Jason Statham (the guy from the Transporter series) as  the new bad guy who’s gonna be featured in Fast and Furious 7

And yeah I haven’t forgot about the missing part…
Well, while on another journey on the internet… I found out about a short film that exists to join the starting three parts of the movie which look haywire and very loosely connected.

The first movie, The Fast and the Furious, revolves around Dominic Toretto and his family who drive fast and are big-hearted criminals. 2 Fast 2 Furious follows good-cop-gone-bad-gone-good-again Brian O’Conner down to Miami, where he meets up with an old friend and has absolutely no interaction with anyone from the first film — except for one of his cop bosses. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift then pulls fans even farther away from the people they’ve come to know and love.

This 20-minute short film was the solution to the explanation that Vin Diesel owed to his fans after he went missing for two movies. The movie is set after the Tokyo Drift and answers a lot many questions.. Where had Dom been all this while? And where was Han before Tokyo? How do they both know each other?

Here’s the video.. Do check it out!

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