Maruti Suzuki is often known as the king of hatchbacks and the Swift is undoubtedly the king of its segment, churning out significantly more volumes compared to its closest rivals. However, the Swift has seen an abrupt fall in sales recently because of the increasing competition and falling demand of cars. In order to push the sales of the Swift, Maruti Suzuki has introduced the special edition Swift RS last month. The special edition is available only in VXi and VDi variants. The Swift RS VXi is priced at Rs. 5.21 lakhs, while the Swift RS VDi is priced at Rs. 6.40 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
RS stands for Rally Sport in technical terms but it is difficult to find anything allied to this moniker in the special edition Swift RS. What you get in this particular edition is basic cosmetic upgrades on the exteriors and the interiors without any mechanical changes under the hood. The exteriors have been treated with blue accented body graphics, ORVMs, rear spoiler, front skirt and rear skirt along with black wheel covers. On the inside you will find black and blue themed faux leather upholstery and an audio system with CD, USB and AUX connectivity which is just as good as an aftermarket job.
If it is a Maruti, it’s reliable. This is the basic mindset of most of the Indian car buyers who tend to get lured by such special editions with pure cosmetic jobs. The Swift RS costs Rs. 24,500/- more than the regular model. Do you think it is worth the premium? Keeping this in mind, the price difference of Hyundai i10 1.1-litre petrol and 1.2-litre petrol Magna sums up to less than Rs. 20,000/-, which means at this price you are getting an increased performance of 11 BHP and 13 Nm. In the case of the Punto Emotion diesel and Punto 90 HP you are getting a bump of 14 BHP and 12 Nm at a price difference of Rs. 38,000/-, in which you would get more features too. It’s time to sit up and take notice.