Suzuki’s all-new Swift is undergoing pre-production trials and will be unveiled globally at the Paris Motor Show in October. During the testing some spy-shots of the new Swift have emerged, making it clear that the Swift is going to sport a sharp and edgy design language unlike its predecessors. The computer-generated rendering of the Swift reflects a sharper front with a hexagonal grille, larger air-intakes and character lines on the hood.On the side, one can see the larger alloy wheels but we expect them to be undersized when launched in India in favour of cost and ride quality. The rear doesn’t look radically different but tail lamps seem to be mildly redesigned and a new bumper and tail gate try to accentuate the width of the vehicle. The interior too has undergone a major change and is now more sporty in sync with the exterior theme. The steering wheel now has a flat bottom and the instrument cluster sports a dual-pod design, which looks premium and dynamic. Rest of the interior too sports changes, most of which are subtle and aimed at enhancing the quality.Dimensionally the new Swift will be a bit smaller than the Baleno and will be positioned below it. It is expected to be powered by the same 1.2 L petrol and 1.3 L diesel engines, doing duties in the present Swift. However, the 1.0 L Bossterjet engine too could be launched in the Swift, considering the Baleno is due to get it and the Swift will be positioned closer to a driver’s car and the Baleno more of a practical no-nonsense car. There have been reports of the Swift being equipped with the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS), which is already found in the Ciaz and Ertiga. We expect the Swift to be priced a little below the Baleno to avoid too much of cannibalisation. Stay tuned to Express Drives for more information on the upcoming Swift.
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