The Maruti Swift is receiving a facelift that could bring a new powertrain with increased mileage among other improvements, as per two recent media reports.
Minor exterior changes
The Swift facelift is already on sale in some global markets (we’ve covered the upgrades in the Suzuki Swift Hybrid introduced in Japan) and the cosmetic changes for India reportedly include larger foglamp enclosures, new headlamps and a bigger grille. The upcoming Swift could also feature larger alloys and a wider-looking rear bumper. The changes on the inside will not be much but we can expect an upgraded infotainment system.
More power, more mileage & better acceleration
The talking points of the 2020 Maruti Swift will be:
- The availability of the more powerful 1.2-litre ‘Dualjet’ engine which comes with an improved fuel injection and valve timing systems.
- Maruti’s ‘Smart Hybrid’ technology that employs an Integrated Starter Generator.
Maruti has introduced this combination in the 2020 Maruti Baleno (released in April) that makes 5 kW (6.7 hp) of added power as compared to the non-SHVS version. The fuel efficiency increases from 21.01 km/l to 23.87 km/l which represents a 13.6 percent improvement. Couple these with an expected kerb weight of the 890 kg (current Swift weighs between 855 and 885 kg), we can expect better acceleration as well. However note that the SHVS comes only on the top-spec Delta and Zeta variants and the same should be observed on the 2020 Maruti Swift.
Maruti’s Smart Hybrid System performs the following functions –
- Torque Assist: The energy stored in the secondary lithium ion battery assists during vehicle acceleration delivering improved performance without affecting fuel efficiency.
- Idle start stop: The engine automatically cuts off when idling and restarts when the user indicates he/she is ready to go, thereby saving fuel.
- Brake energy regeneration: During vehicle deceleration, the Smart Hybrid technology converts it into electrical energy to charge the lithium ion battery which in turn assist the engine for the said functions.
The Dualjet engine is Maruti Suzuki’s alternative to turbo-charged petrol units of the competition but a less-expensive one. After the BS-VI norms came into play on April 1st, 2020, Maruti Suzuki has discontinued the 1.3-litre diesel unit and fuel efficiency seekers could look at the Smart Hybrid as an alternative.
Prices are expected to start from around Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Swift facelift and go till Rs 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-end variant.
The Japanese-spec Swift is the highest configuration of the model available globally. It gets paddle shifters, a 360-degree camera and a full-hybrid system where pure electric drive mode is possible. The vehicle was presented at the 2020 Auto Expo, and Maruti plans hybrid vehicles as part of the ‘Mission Green Million’ strategy of introducing a million ‘green’ vehicles in the next couple of years. The inclusion of SHVS marks the first level of electrification on the Swift and from here we only expect it to intensify.