CG Motocorp, the official distributor of Maruti Suzuki vehicles in Nepal, has finally launched the third generation of its popular hatchback, the all-new Swift, in the Nepali market. The company has launched two variants of Swift, VXI, and ZXI. Both of these variants share almost identical specs and run on the petrol engine. The price of VXI variant for the Nepali market is marked Rs. 28.99 Lakhs whereas the upper-end ZXI variant comes with a slightly bigger price tag of Rs. 31.99 Lakhs. Both the variants of the new Swift were previously available for pre-bookings with a special package offer for its 100 early bid customers.
Right from the launch, the Swift has been one of the best selling cars. The first generation of Swift which was launched back in 2005 was an instant success. The second generation of the Swift was no different. With more elements, both in the interior and exterior, and better cosmetics, the second generation of the Swift was also popular and had managed to win many prestigious awards.
Now there is a new one out. The new generation of Swift is based on the fifth-generation HEARTECT platform which underpins the Baleno, Ignis, and its compact sedan sibling, the new Dzire. The platform provides Swift with a strong build and keeping the construction low on weight. The new Maruti Swift has shredded off a substantial weight up to 85kg compared to the second generation.
Under the hood, the new Swift retains the same K12 VVT engine from its predecessors. Thought it runs on the same engine as its previous generations, the lightweight HEARTECT platform provides the new Swift more aerodynamic design that not only makes it quicker and nimbler but also fuel efficient.
In term of exterior design, the new Swift looks smarter and mature than the previous models. The new hexagonal grille with chrome surround along with more longer and sharply shaped headlight dominates the design. The signature design elements – the LED headlamps and taillamps, the tapering floating roof, the flatter lid and wider windscreen, the sculpted bonnet – all are there. The difference now is the rear-door handle which is positioned on the C-pillar. The C-pillar is made of black plastic which extends all the way to rear windscreen.
The interior of new Swift has a lot of fresh elements as well. It has a new design dashboard featuring contrasting trims for a contemporary look. Similar to the new Dzire, Swift gets a sporty and chunky three-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls and chrome finish. The new Swift comes with a lot of there features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, climate control, keyless entry with push-button start-stop etc. It also gets a 7-inch new infotainment screen that supports Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link.
There are a number of changes made in the new Suzuki Swift, however, one of the most determining parts while buying a car, that is its performance remains the same. Maruti has continued powering the third generation of Swift with the same 1.2 liters, 4 cylinder petrol engine that delivers a maximum power of 82bhp at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 113Nm at 4,200rpm, which is same as before. Both the available variants of Swift comes mated with the 5-speed manual transmission. With the loss in weight, the Swift delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 22kmpl with a fuel tank capacity of 37 liters.
The new Swift also gets some minor dimensional changes, making it more compact. The overall width, height, and wheelbase of the car have been increased whereas the length has been trimmed down. The new length of the 2018 Swift is 3,840 mm, width 1,735 mm, height 1,530 mm and wheelbase 2,450 mm. The length of wheelbase is 20mm more that results in additional cabin space. The capacity of boot space has also increased by 58-liters which is around 28% more than the previous generation.
Suzuki Swift Key Specifications (Base variant)
- Engine: 2k series motor, 1.3 multi-jet diesel, in-line 4-cylinder DOHC
- Displacement: 1197cc
- Mileage: 22 kmpl
- Transmission: 5-speed manual
- Max Power: 82 BHP at 6000 RPM
- Max Torque: 113 NM at 4200 RPM
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 37L
- Ground Clearance: 163mm
- Seating Capacity: 5
- Kerb Weight: 860kg
- Brakes: Disc (Front) & Drum (Rear), ABS
- Safety: 2 airbags, ABS, EBD, ISOFIX
Suzuki Swift Price in Nepal, VXI: Rs. 28,99,000
- Suzuki Swift Price in Nepal, ZXI: Rs. 31,99,000
Like its predecessor, the third generation of Swift is sure to achieve a big success in the Nepali market. With lots of updates, the new Swift feels much peppier, stylish and youthful. However, the engine of the car lacks to provide enough power when compared to its major rival New Ford Figo, which churns out 87bhp at 6300 rpm.
On the overall perspective, the 2018 Swift has not let down the legacy of Swift. It has been very carefully tuned and specified to the match the asking price. If you are someone who is looking for a sporty hatchback with stylish design and youthful look then for the given price the new Suzuki Swift is definitely something to look upon.
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