The King of hatchbacks, the only car to win the best car of the year thrice in India is the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Maruti has introduced the updated swift for 2021. The difference is hard to spot right away as most has happened under the hood and a few changes inside the cabin. what has been missed by Maruti to introduce in this facelift? Let’s dive in and find out.
2021: What’s new in the Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift
- The new Swift gets a big mesh grille and a chrome bar in the middle. The number plate is now placed below the chrome bar, which makes the grille look small
- On the inside, Swift gets a smart play studio infotainment system making it colourful.
- The instrument cluster gets a MID (multi-information display) in between which is seen in the Baleno and Ciaz.
- A couple of features have been introduced like cruise control and automatic fold functionality OVRM’s (Electric Outside Rear-view Mirror)
- The seat fabrics are updated which doesn’t improve cushioning but it looks good and a new chrome highlight is introduced on the dashboard.
- The most interesting update the new swift gets is that Maruti has introduced the duel jet engine, now it gets 2 injectors per cylinder instead of 1. As a result, you can straight away feel the difference, the engine sounds refined (smooth) with quick responses, more torque, and improved efficiency.
- The updated motor is expected to give 2 more km to the litre, which is impressive.
- The performance of the car looks to have improved, it feels smooth at low RPMs but when you floor the accelerator the car just seems to pull away.
- Swift also gets some new features inside, it has cruise control with an auto engine stop/start button while riding.
- The length of the car has a small update of 5mm, which is marginal. Also, the rear seats are 60:40 split now which could provide extra space in the boot.
What has been carried forward:
- The exterior design is the same as the predecessor.
- The rear door handle is next to the C pillar, which is also from the previous model.
- The plastic quality used inside seems to have been carried over, which feels cheap.
- All other dimensions: the width, height, boot space, ground clearance of the car are the same.
- The rear cabin doesn’t get any improvements, legroom and headroom are pretty much the same.
- The performance is good compared to the previous model, but it doesn’t keep up with other competitors which have a turbo petrol option.
- It also misses out on features like wireless charging and wireless connectivity.
What about the price? Is the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift Costlier?
The pricing as always looks affordable with a wide variety of variants to choose from, the petrol starts at ₹5.65L to ₹8.85L ex-showroom. This makes it around ₹25,000 costlier than the previous model. There is room for improvement in some departments but for the price, it is being offered swift is definitely going to catch the market in the hot hatch segment.