Ladies and Gentlemen, it isn’t in India alone which sees car makers routinely launch “special edition” variants to keep car buyer interest alive, this practice is prevalent in car markets across the globe. And here’s proof: Suzuki Germany has just launched the Swift XTRA Special Edition hatchback. The car is essentially a refreshed variant of the Swift hatchback, replete with additional features. The car comes with the same 1.2 Liter-naturally aspirated petrol engine, albeit in a higher state of tune that delivers 94 PS, compared to the 87 PS output for the India-spec Swift.
The German-spec Swift XTRA hatchback also comes in an exclusive “Bison Brown” paint job that is limited to the special edition model. Meanwhile, here are the features that the Swift XTRA gets in Germany,
* 16-inch alloy wheels
* Roof spoiler
* Tinted windows
* seven air-bags
* Air conditioning with pollen filter
* MP3-compatible CD radio with USB port
* Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Of all these features, Maruti Suzuki would do well to give the India-spec Swift the taller 16 inch wheels which are wider too. This, as the current third generation Swift sold in India is highly under tyred. There’s been talk about a Swift facelift heading India-side in the next few months. So, expect a few new features on the India-spec Swift if indeed that facelift materializes. In India, the Swift is sold with the 1.2 Liter K-Series petrol engine and the 1.3 Liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine. Both engines are mated to 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard.
Moving to Malaysia, Suzuki is close to launching the third generation Swift in that country, and this launch is happening nearly a year and a half after the new Swift was launched in India. The Malaysians’ long wait for the third generation Swift does come with its advantages though. The Malaysia-spec new Swift gets the more powerful 1.4 Liter K-Series petrol engine that does duty in the Ertiga MPV.
This engine outputs 94 Bhp-130 Nm, a significant increase from the 87 PS-113 Nm output that the India-spec Swift’s 1.2 Liter K-Series motor puts out. While a 5 speed manual gearbox is standard on the Malaysia-spec Swift also gets a 4 speed automatic gearbox as an option. The Swift sold in Malaysia will also get start-stop, 16 inch tyres and keyless entry. The wait, it seems has been well worth it.