New Maruti Swift vs rivals: Specifications comparison

    Published On Jan 16, 2018 02:30:00 PM

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    Here is how the new incoming Swift compares against the current Swift and its key rivals.

    The Swift has always been a money-spinner for Maruti in India, usually registering sales that put it in the top 10 every month. The third-gen Swift, first unveiled at the end of 2016, is likely to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 and also expected to launch for the Indian market. It has been spied in the country recently and dealers have started accepting bookings for the hatchback, suggesting that its launch is on track.

    Maruti’s contender in the mid-size hatchbacks segment sees it rival the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10, Ford’s Figo and even the Volkswagen Polo at the higher end of the segment.

    Here’s how Maruti’s new Swift fares on paper against its competition, and the outgoing, second-gen model:

    Exteriors

    Current Maruti Swift

    New Maruti Swift

    Volkswagen Polo

    Ford Figo

    Hyundai Grand i10

    Length

    3850mm

    3840mm

    3971mm

    3886mm

    3765mm

    Width

    1695mm

    1735mm

    1682mm

    1695mm

    1660mm

    Height

    1530mm

    1500mm

    1469mm

    1525mm

    1520mm

    Wheelbase

    2430mm

    2450mm

    2469mm

    2491mm

    2425mm

    Ground clearance

    170mm

    NA

    165mm

    174mm

    NA

    Kerb weight960-1080kg890kg (approx)1033-1158kg995-1048kg1066-1093kg

    The new Swift is marginally shorter in length and height than most of its rivals, and yet sports one of the longest wheelbases. However, the third-gen Swift isn’t expected to have class-leading space. Expect interior room to have increased over the current-gen model. Though, the overall compact dimensions should help manoeuvrability on our congested roads.

    Interiors

    While the India-spec Swift’s interiors have yet to be revealed in full, we expect the cabin to feature a new instrument cluster, a more upmarket, multi-function steering wheel and a touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink found on all higher-end Maruti cars. In terms of safety, two airbags are expected along with ABS on the higher trims. This kit will set it on-par with rivals.

    Engines

    New Maruti Swift

    Volkswagen Polo

    Ford Figo

    Hyundai Grand i10

    Fuel

    Petrol

    Petrol

    Petrol

    Petrol

    Engine

    1197cc

    1198cc/1197cc, turbo-petrol

    1196cc/1499cc

    1197cc

    Power

    84hp

    75hp/105hp

    88hp/112hp

    83hp

    Torque

    115Nm

    110Nm/175Nm

    112Nm/136Nm

    114Nm

    Gearbox

    5-speed manual/5-speed AMT

    5-speed manual/7-speed dual-clutch auto

    5-speed manual/6-speed dual-clutch auto

    5-speed manual/4-speed auto

    Fuel efficiency (ARAI figures)

    20.4kpl (2ndgen model)

    16.47kpl/17.2kpl

    18.16kpl/NA

    17.4kpl/NA

    New Maruti Swift

    Volkswagen Polo

    Ford Figo

    Hyundai Grand i10

    Fuel

    Diesel

    Diesel

    Diesel

    Diesel

    Engine

    1248cc

    1498cc

    1498cc

    1120cc

    Power

    75hp

    90hp/105hp

    100hp

    71hp

    Torque

    190Nm

    230Nm/250Nm

    215Nm

    160Nm

    Gearbox

    5-speed manual,5-speed AMT

    5-speed manual

    5-speed manual

    5-speed manual

    Fuel efficiency (ARAI figures)

    25.2kpl (2nd gen model)

    20.14kpl/19.78kpl

    25.83kpl

    24kpl

    Powering the new Swift will be the same 84hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 75hp, 1.3-litre diesel engines that are available on the current model. However, the new-gen model is expected to outstrip its predecessor in terms of performance and fuel efficiency as it shares the Baleno’s lightweight platform. The new Swift is also expected to be the lightest car in its class, which, on-paper, translates to class-leading economy and performance.

    Unlike the current-gen car, Maruti is expected to launch five-speed AMT-equipped versions of the Swift as well. While all the Swift’s rivals have a petrol-automatic option, the Swift will be the only one with a diesel-automatic on offer in this segment.

    Pricing

    Maruti Swift

    VW Polo (including GT)

    Ford Figo

    Hyundai Grand i10

    Petrol prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)

    Rs 4.41-6.38 lakh

    Rs 5.41-9.20 lakh

    Rs 5.00-8.00 lakh

    Rs 4.59-6.86 lakh

    Diesel prices(ex-showroom, Delhi)

    Rs 5.99-7.47 lakh

    Rs 6.93-9.34 lakh

    Rs 5.96-7.60 lakh

    Rs 5.70-7.37 lakh

    Like the current model, Maruti is expected to price the new Swift very competitively. The current segment leader, the well-specced Grand i10, is priced from Rs 4.59 lakh to Rs 7.37 lakh, while the Figo will set you back by Rs 5.00 lakh to Rs 7.60 lakh, depending on the variant. Volkswagen’s Polo, particularly the GT-badged models, is at the higher-end of the spectrum and is priced from Rs 5.41 lakh to Rs 9.33 lakh. Expect the new Swift to cost a small premium over the current Swift’s price tag of Rs 4.41 lakh to Rs 7.47 lakh (all-prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).

    On-paper, the new Maruti Swift is expected to shake up the segment much in the same way that its predecessor did. A comprehensive road test and a comparison against its rivals will be necessary to get a proper verdict but it looks like Maruti does have another cash cow on its hands.

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