Maruti Suzuki India Limited has confirmed that it will showcase the all-new Maruti Swift at the Auto Expo next year in February, followed by a launch before the end of the first quarter. Aside from the usual petrol and diesel variants, the more powerful variant 2018 Swift Sport will also eventually go on sale in India.
Maruti at first will only launch the 1.2 L Petrol and 1.3 L Diesel variants of the Swift. The launch of the of the Swift Sport will be followed after a couple of months down the line. As the name suggests, the Swift Sport is a more exciting version of the hatchback. Whats so exciting about the Swift Sport is the 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 140 Bhp at 5,500 rpm and 230 Nm of peak torque from 2,500-3,500 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
The 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport measurement is 3,890 mm in length, 1,735 mm in width and 1,500 mm in height. Compared to the regular Swift, it is 50 mm longer. The show car present at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 had a ground clearance of 120 mm. However, it may be increased to better suit Indian conditions. Visually, the Swift Sport is different from the vanilla version thanks to a unique radiator grille and bumper design, the addition of front lip spoiler, side skirts and a rear diffuser, sportier, 17-inch alloy wheels and dual exhausts.
The 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport was officially revealed in July earlier this year. It made its first public appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, followed by an appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show in October.
In terms of power output, the only real rival to the Swift Sport will be the Fiat Abarth Punto. That is assuming Maruti brings it in the same spec as global markets. Will it be a successful Hot Hatch like its normal siblings? With the entrance of Swift Sport in India, will other manufacturers will bring their hot Hatch and make this segment more wide and vast.