Suzuki Swift Hybrid updated for 2020 with mild changes [Update]

The 2020 Suzuki Swift has been launched in the home market of Japan and gets updated design and features.

Changes on the outside are limited to a new 3D-effect grille design and alloy wheels (different ones for the Sport variant) and the inside gets an updated 4.2-inch MID that now displays the speed, and a 360-degree view monitor.

The K12C 1.2-litre petrol engine continues to do duty with the same power and torque outputs (91 PS/118 Nm). The same mild-hybrid and full-hybrid (SZ) variants continue with the latter getting an electric motor that makes 13.6 hp and 30 Nm of torque. While there’s a 5-speed MT, 6-speed MT, 6-speed AT and a CVT on offer in other variants, the Swift SZ comes only available with a 5-speed AMT and in a 2WD layout. The Swift SZ returns a mileage of 28.6 km/l in the JC08 cycle and 23 km/l in the WLTC cycle.

Prices of the new Swift start from 15,35,600 yen (Rs 10.88 lakh) ex-showroom in Japan.

Changes on the 2020 Suzuki Swift Hybrid

  • 3D-effect grille replacing the honeycomb design
  • Grille chrome outline deleted and a single chrome bar divides the grille
  • New alloy wheel design with thinner spokes
  • 2 new two-tone colours – orange and yellow (similar to the Swift Sport’s communication colour) on a black roof

The Swift Hybrid was launched in Japan 3 years ago and is technically the same today. The Swift Hybrid gets a powerful motor and a large battery pack to enhance the pick-up and fuel economy, and is a step above the SHVS technology as the motor can independently spin the wheels.

Video courtesy: Moter World

Since July 2017, Suzuki has been retailing the ‘strong’ hybrid version of the Swift in the Japanese market that combines a Motor Generator Unit (MGU) to an Auto Gear Shift (AGS). Powering the Swift hybrid is a 91 PS/118 Nm 1.2L 4-cyl ‘Dualjet’ petrol engine married to a 10 kW/30 Nm PB05A Motor Generator Unit (wired to a 100V Li-Ion battery pack placed under the boot floor) and a 5-speed AGS (AMT). Unlike the SHVS, the Suzuki Swift Hybrid operates in petrol and electric modes, and returns a higher fuel efficiency (28.6 km/l as opposed to 25.2 km/l in the JC08). The hybrid system takes over in idle stop-start, torque assist and regenerative braking to improve fuel efficiency.

Suzuki Swift Hybrid displayed by Maruti at the Auto Expo 2020

There are not many optical changes between the regular and hybrid, the latter is distinguished with ‘Hybrid’ badges on the front and side, blue accents on the gear stalk and instrument panel. The car also has an ‘eco’ mode button on the side of the steering wheel.

Maruti Swift Hybrid for India?

Though the car was part of the Auto Expo 2020 lineup and Maruti has included full hybrids in its Mission Green Million initiative, there are no plans for its launch in the near future in India as the hybrid system makes the car very expensive (the cost of the battery, motor and power electronics over and above the standard Swift would push the car’s price closer to INR 10 lakh). Note that there is no government subsidy for hybrid vehicles under FAME II and the GST is identical to an IC-engined vehicle. That said, the Swift Hybrid will be a great alternative for customers who use their cars equally for city and long-distance trips, now that the company has discontinued the diesel engine.