Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that it is working on the next-generation Swift hatchback and Swift DZire compact-sedan. Codenamed the YSD these cars will be based on a new platform and will receive a whole lot of new tech including new engines. Maruti is expected to launch the new Swift and DZire sometime around 2018. These models will be assembled at Maruti’s new plant in Hansalpur, Gujarat which should be operational by 2017.
Apart from the obvious design changes, which could either be evolutionary or totally new, the cars will be greatly improved in terms of chassis, engines/transmissions and body-shell. The changes made to the cars will help them adhere to future crash-test norms and emission norms while new features will help it fend off competition. Maruti has set a target of selling about 20 Lakh cars yearly by 2020 and new products like the upcoming Swift hatch and DZire compact-sedan, the company hopes, will help it achieve the same.
The changes made to the chassis and body-shell will help the new Swift and DZire be lighter but stronger. Maruti will also ensure that the driving dynamics of the cars, especially the Swift hatch, will remain sporty.
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The engine choices for the new Swift and Swift DZire, as per company officials, are an interesting mix. The naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol motor currently used will be replaced by a 1.0-litre, Suzuki-developed Boosterjet motor. The motor will make its debut on the upcoming YRA/Baleno premium-hatchback which will be launched in October 2015.
In terms of diesel power plants, Maruti is expected offer the 1.3-litre DDiS engine paired to the SHVS mild-hybrid system, which was recently used on the Ciaz sedan, along with an all-new turbocharged 1.5-litre motor which has been developed by Suzuki. Maruti could market the Swift/DZire with SHVS as the more economical offering, while the 1.5-litre diesel motor equipped models could be the more sportier variants. Manuals will dominate the transmission offerings, but the emergence of customer-demand for automatics cannot be ignored – expect the company to offer either an AMT or other automatic transmissions in the new Swift/DZire.
The slow shift in customer demand for bigger, better cars will also decide how the new Swift hatch and Swift DZire compact-sedan are equipped. Increased competition from the likes of Hyundai, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota etc. will also affect how these cars are specced. Expect Maruti to go all out in terms of features on offer.
More details are awaited.
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