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Maruti Suzuki Swift 2011: First Drive Review
The new Swift is an attempt at both product and brand refurbishment with a strong focus on
keeping the original 'swift genes' intact. Making the best better is a tremendous undertaking for
any company, even MSIL, and the task is more difficult when you have to deal with a cult brand
such as the Swift. Vikram Gour gets under the sheet metal to see if MSIL has managed to
successfully carry out the intended task

Probably the first question running through your head when you see images of the ‘All
New Swift’ are going to be “What’s Different?” “What’s changed?”. A similar set of
questions went through my mind as well, however the changes become apparent when
you see the car in the flesh. Yes, there is no doubting the fact that it retains the same
silhouette and overall shape, but what needs to be understood is that this new car is an
evolution in design of a cult brand. Enough has been changed to make it a new car, yet
signature traits have been incorporated to ensure that the link to its predecessor

remains intact. Another way to look at this is to just think about all the elements of the
Swift you liked, and I assure you will find them in this car as well. Now think of all the
elements you would like to enhance and you will find that most of these major elements
have also been incorporated. Obviously the task at hand was to make the best better
without moving too far away from the original theme and in that regard the new Swift is
spot on.

Built on an all new platform, the new MSIL Swift is longer than its predecessor by 50mm
and the result is a visible size difference that actually makes the car look more complete
than the outgoing model. The new Swift retains the quintessential round look, however
elements like the headlights and taillights boast of a stretched look, the wheel arches
are more pronounced, the shoulder line as well as the rear have more of a curve to
them and all of these elements come together to give the car a sportier, more crisp look
that is undoubtedly going to be an immediate hit with Swift fans. Completing the exterior
package are the large 185/65 R15 tyres shot with alloys on the high end versions. The
increase in tyre size vastly enhances the Swift’s appeal factor and if you thought the
original car was a hot hatch, then it’s a given that you will find this new one a lot hotter.
The lower range models get 165/80 R14 tyres, which still look decent, but I would
recommend an upgrade to the 15 inch wheels if you do go for a lower end model.
The All New Maruti Suzuki Swift VVT Petrol
The interiors have received a higher level of treatment than the exteriors and you will be
hard pressed to find any similarities between latest model and its predecessor. The first
thing that strikes you about the interiors is the amount of space. Thanks to the increase
in length, the new MSIL Swift is now at par with its direct competition when it comes to
interior space. The quality of the materials used has also improved drastically and you
can’t find any of that cheap quality plastic around, which is possibly the best thing that
MSIL could have done with this new car. Further to this, the new Swift boasts of a fresh
contoured dashboard and central console.
The inspiration is definitely from the larger Kizashi and has been executed to give the
entire cabin a more up market feel. In terms of features, the Swift comes fully loaded

with a CD player, USB port, steering mounted controls and an in dash multi information
display (MID). It would have been nice if MSIL included a Bluetooth interface with the
car stereo system as this is increasingly becoming the norm in this segment and
customers are going to demand it, however it was the only element I could find missing
and hopefully MSIL will address this, should they witness enough customer feedback on
the same. Apart from that, there is nothing more that you could really want from a car in
the premium hatchback segment when it comes to the interiors.
K-Series 1.2 litre petrol
Probably the only department where the difference isn’t drastic between the older model
and the new Swift lies under the hood. The engines from the outgoing Swift have been
carried over to the new car, so you essentially have the K-Series 1.2 litre petrol and the
1.3 litre DDiS diesel mills to choose from. Now, I did say that there is a small change in
this department and that is the inclusion of a Variable Valve Timing system which helps
the engine breathe better, offer optimum performance, enhance fuel efficiency and
lower carbon emissions. The 1197cc petrol engine now generates 87PS @ 6000 rpm
and a decent torque of 114Nm at 4000 rpm. The earlier K-Series made 82PS so there is
a slight increase in power that translates to a smoother drive.
1.3 litre DDiS diesel
The 1248cc DDiS diesel mill remains the same and offers a stellar 75PS @ 4000 rpm
and a more than decent torque of 190Nm @ 2000 rpm. Both versions are mated to 5
speed gearboxes that incidentally are different from the outgoing version’s transmission
and these new boxes offer smoother gear transitions. Between the two engines, the
diesel scores higher on our list as it offers a better driving experience thanks to the
oodles of torque it generates. Unfortunately MSIL isn’t offering an automatic box on the
Swift just as yet, but that is a possibility in the future. Both engines are rather fuel
efficient and according to ARAI data the petrol delivers an average mileage of 18.6
kilometers to the liter and the diesel delivers a stonking 22.9 kilometers to the liter. In
real world conditions these figures will drop, however expect the Swift to remain above
par on fuel efficiency even then.
The All New Maruti Suzuki Swift VVT Petrol

To know more about Maruti Suzuki Swift Hatchback, Visit:
http://www.zigwheels.com/reviews-advice/reviews/maruti-suzuki-swift-2011-firstdrive/9192/


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