There will be a new Maruti Suzuki Swift next year and ahead of its official debut, the brochure of the Japanese spec model has been leaked. It reveals that the popular hatchback retains its overall silhouette but gets a new face and rear-end.
The new design brings the Swift into the modern age and includes a completely new face, tail lamps and a lower C-pillar to give the car a sporty appearance. It gets the same wheels from the Baleno and will be offered for the Japanese market in eight different shades including a golden yellow which was seen only on the pre-facelift model of the current car.
The brochure reveals that the 2017 Swift will be offered with the 1.2-litre K-series engine as well as 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine whose models have been dubbed RS. The former produces 83bhp/115Nm while the latter produces 110bhp/170Nm. In the case of the Japanese market the standard models will get a five-speed manual or a CVT while the RS models also get the option of a six-speed AT. They also get the option of 4WD system and hybrid technology on select models. When the car is launched in India, we can also expect the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel to be included in the powertrain lineup.
We can see that the cabin has stuck close to the renderings that head leaked earlier this year. It will be a full black cabin with a touchscreen infotainment system, electrically adjustable ORVMs, flat bottom steering wheel and a twin-pod instrument cluster with a TFT display.
This is pretty much the most important car for Maruti Suzuki in terms of brand image as the Swift marked a turning point for the automaker (in the current era) when it was launched here in 2005. It is expected to be unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show but like the Baleno will be launched first for the Indian market before making a European debut.