The common trend in India is to make purchases during festive seasons. These purchases may be made in gold, household items, jewelry or even vehicles. With the onset of festivals from September, Maruti Suzuki Swift was the car that sold most numbers this year. November, which witnessed Diwali was the month when 19,314 units were sold thus dominating the charts. The automotive industry in India has slowed down for over a year and now with the festivals being done the sales seem to fall again.
The car was launched with BS-VI compliant powertrain in June this year. The new version arrived with no change in output which means that the 1.2-litre engine still delivers 83hp and 113Nm of torque. Complying with the new norms has cost the car fuel efficiency which has now come down to 21.2 kmpl. That being said, Maruti Suzuki has not updated its DDIS190 engine and prepped it for the new norms as it had earlier announced to phase it out.
In addition to this, the Maruti Suzuki Swift also got new safety features in order to be on par with the AIS-145 norms. This calls for additions such as a co-driver seatbelt reminder, a speed alert system, and rear parking sensors as standard. Ahead of this, the car shipped with just two airbags, ABS with EBD and driver seatbelt reminder, where features such as the rear parking sensors were only available with the top-spec ZXi and ZDi models.
Complying to the new norms have bumped up the price on the new Swift by Rs 15,000 over the previous BS-IV spec LXi. Meanwhile, the top variant now tops out at Rs 8.89 lakh for the ZDi AGS variant, which is roughly Rs 4,000 more than before.