Maruti Suzuki has started accepting bookings for the 2014 Swift facelift and the updated hatchback can be booked for Rs. 10,000/- at any of the 1370 sales outlets of the company across the country.
With stocks said to have cleared out of the outgoing Swift from dealer yards, Maruti Suzuki has finally started accepting bookings for the 2014 Swift facelift model at a token amount of Rs. 10,000/- at any of its 1370 dealerhips across the country. While the launch date has not been confirmed yet, dealers have promised delivery of the facelifted model in the next few weeks hinting towards an early November launch. The company has also dispatched test drive vehicles to dealerships with test drives expected to be available in the days to come.
The 2014 Maruti Suzuki Swift facelift comes with a host of changes, most of them being under the skin. On the outside, you get a slightly reworked bumper with new alloy wheels, while the side and rear profile remain the same, there are no LED daytime running lights on the Indian model. The cabin on the other hand gets extensive updates including height adjustable driver’s seat, Start-Stop button, integrated music system with 4 speakers, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity; auto folding ORVMs, keyless entry and reverse parking sensors on the higher variants. The automaker is also likely to introduce the ZXi+ and ZDi+ variants on the hatchback, like what is seen on the Ciaz sedan.
Under the hood, Maruti has made no changes to the engine lineup and the 2014 Swift continues to draw power from the same 1.2-litre 4-cylinder K-Series engine as well as the 1.3-litre DDiS 4-cylinder diesel engine. Both engines however, have been tuned to offer improved power and fuel efficiency over the outgoing model. The Swift will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox from the outgoing model as standard, while rumours suggest that the 4-speed automatic unit from the Swift DZire could also be introduced on the petrol variant this time round.
The top-end variants also come loaded with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist as part of standard safety kit. With the additional features and mild changes, the 2014 Maruti Swift will also get pricier by Rs. 15,000-25,000/- depending on the variant. Being one of the more popular models in the country and globally as well, the Swift competes against the Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i20, Fiat Punto Evo and will soon face heat from the Tata Bolt as well as the next generation Honda Jazz. Prices for the current Swift start at Rs. 4.42 lakhs going up to Rs. 6.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).