Maruti Suzuki unveiled a totally new version of its Swift flagship at the ongoing Bangkok Motor Show. The Swift SAI is a special edition hatchback that was showcased in 3 different color variants, with one of them being a totally new color, just for the special edition model.
The three color variants showcased included the classic white color which is in demand in every segment, the popular red color that suits the Swift best according to many buyers, and a totally new color called Moonlight Violet.
The SAI special edition version of the popular hatchback gets more than just an extra exterior paint version. The car gets a black honeycomb grille for the front fascia, three-slat chromes on the radiator grille, and LED daytime running lights placed beside the foglights. The side profile of the SAI edition is different too. There are new 16-inch alloy wheels and decals. The SAI logo is placed below the Swift logo on the back profile. There is a SAI sticker on the cap of the fuel-filler as well.
The interiors of the SAI edition too get exciting updates. The dashboard is all black and is accompanied by a leather clad steering wheel. There is a 4-inch color infotainment system. The instrument panel gets a speedometer, tachometer, and an MID. Audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel. The gear shifters are also mounted on the steering wheel for easier access.
The upholstery is covered in a mix of leather and fabric. The seats get discreet detailing in white borders. There are double airbags for the front, Anti-Lock Braking system with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, keyless entry feature and start/stop option, engine mobilizer, cruise control, and of course, automatic climate control.
The SAI edition gets the 1200cc petrol engine in the 4-cylinder setup. The engine offers a peak power of 91PS and peak torque of 118Nm. The transmission system that goes with the engine is of CVT type.
Maruti Suzuki Thailand has priced the SAI edition at 599,000 baht, which comes to near about INR 11.41 lac.
Maruti Suzuki India is busy with the next generation Suzuki Swift for 2017, and the Swift Sport edition. The exteriors of the updated Swift will get a different styling without changing the signature design language because Maruti knows better than disrupting the trust of familiarity the Swift has developed among people. New design elements will only add a contemporary touch to the 2017 Swift in order to help it catch with the styling of the new launches in the segment.
If you have been looking at the leaked pictures of the UK based Swift Sport, the market version of the Sport edition will be of a subtler tone than that. The front has curves on the fender that makes it look like the model has taken cues from the Baleno.
All in all, the next generation Swift will come with better crash resistance and yet, have a lighter platform based on the Baleno. Hence, we can expect the upcoming Swift versions to be more fuel-efficient than the current.