Auto Expo 2018: New Gen Maruti Suzuki Swift To Launch In India Next Month


The 2018 Maruti Suzuki will debut in India on February 7, 2018

Maruti Suzuki is all set to debut the third generation of the Swift in India and we’ll first see the car in the flesh at the 2018 Auto Expo. The company has officially begun bookings for the car and the dealers all across the country have started accepting it at a booking amount of ₹ 11,000. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be launched at the expo and deliveries will begin post that pan India. We spoke to a few dealers though who confirmed saying that it s likely that the car will carry a waiting period of 3 to 4 months from the start.


(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is based on a new platform and is lighter too)

The Maruti Suzuki Swift has dominated the hatchback segment and the new generation promises nothing different. The first two generations have been dominant in the compact hatchback segment ever since 2005 and it has always been on the list of top ten cars sold every month since then. Maruti Suzuki says that it has sold more than 5.8 million Swifts globally. The new generation, then, has big shoes to fill in and Maruti Suzuki isn’t holding out on making this one a cracker of a car.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift boasts a brand new design, but the infotainment system is familiar)

The new-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift gets a brand new design, and it’s an all new design language as well, which enhances the looks of the car. The new Swift is based on the 5th generation of the HEARTECT platform and it has grown in terms of dimensions. The 2018 Swift is wider (up by 40mm) at 1735 mm, has a longer wheelbase which has gone up by 20 mm at 2450 mm and is shorter than its predecessor by 10 mm (yes you read that right). Having said all of that, Maruti Suzuki says that the cabin of the new Swift boasts of better leg, knee and head room at the rear.

The new Swift also gets a major design and styling overhaul with new bold single-frame grille flanked by the bug-like headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lamps and LED taillights. The car also gets new sportier alloys, a floating-style roof design with blackened B-pillar, and new front and rear bumper. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will also get an extensively updated cabin similar to the Dzire with a flat-bottom steering wheel. There’s also a new infotainment system which comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will get an AMT option as well)

Commenting on the all-new Swift, RS Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) at Maruti Suzuki India said, “We will take the excitement to a new height with the all-new Swift. The all-new Swift with its distinctive design, advanced technology, uplifting performance and enduring driver experience will bring disruption in the premium hatchback segment. In its newest avatar, the Swift undergoes a bold transformation to meet the aspiration of young and ever changing customer. We are delighted to open bookings for the all-new Swift and look forward to a grand launch at the Auto Expo 2018.”

Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki Swift will continue using the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The 2018 Swift will be now available with a manual as well as an Auto Gear Shift (AGS). There will be a primary of 4 variants on offer in both petrol and diesel – LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi+. The AGS will be only available in the VXi and ZXi variants in both fuel types. The company is also bringing in a host of new colours and there will be a total of six on offer. The Prime Lucent Orange is the new colour on offer on the Swift.

There’s good amount of boot space too with 268 litres of space which is an improvement of 58 litres over its predecessor.


Honda Grazia Vs Suzuki Access 125: Comparison Review



  • The Honda Grazia has more youthful design
  • The Suzuki Access has better top-end performance
  • The Honda Grazia is slightly more expensive than the Suzuki Access

There’s something about scooters, they are everywhere, and scooters have become the favourite mode of commute for a lot of people these days. The Honda Activa is perhaps the most well-known name in the world of scooters, easily surpassing all other brands in terms of sales volumes. Most of these are the bread and butter 110 cc scooters, but things are changing quickly as more and more consumers are warming up towards scooters with slightly more power and better dynamics. And there’s now renewed interest in the 125 cc scooter space with the Suzuki Access leading the pack.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) already has a very capable 125 cc scooter in the Honda Activa 125, but there’s been an equally capable, and one of the largest selling 125 cc scooters to contend with – the Suzuki Access. So, enter the new 125 cc scooter from HMSI – the Honda Grazia! It shares the same engine and cycle parts with the Honda Activa 125, but it gets a complete revamp in styling and features. And it’s now the Honda Grazia which will try to repeat the success of its smaller sibling, in the 125 cc scooter segment. So, a comparison with the Suzuki Access is inevitable.

Also Read: Honda Grazia First Ride Review

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The Honda Grazia has a more youthful and trendy design than the Suzuki Access

A matter of style

Without doubt, the new Honda Grazia is one of the most striking looking scooters in the market right now. That’s not to say that the Suzuki Access lacks in the looks department in any way. But both scooters follow completely different design philosophies and look entirely different from each other. The Honda Grazia offers a trendy, youthful design, which will certainly appeal to young riders looking for a sharp, new-age, and contemporary scooter. It’s got an attractive front apron, with full-LED headlights, with sharp creases on the body and a sleek rear end with a split grab rail and smart taillight unit.

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The Suzuki Access has understated looks, but has the universally acceptable design

The new Suzuki Access has been around for a couple of years now, and its design is more conventional, a little understated even, but it’s a handsome scooter nevertheless. The chromed headlight, round rear view mirrors and simple design of the Access gives it a retro touch, but build quality, fit and finish is definitely good. The rear end of the Access is also not much to talk about, it’s not bad looking in any way, but the Access has a more sober, understated look overall. In a way it’s the more universally acceptable design, and will cater to a diverse range of customers with different aesthetic sensibilities. The Grazia on the other hand, is the flashier, trendier and more stylish of the two scooters.

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The Honda Grazia is loaded with features and makes the Access look retro

Features and more

The Honda Grazia gets an all-digital instrument panel which definitely adds to the premium-ness of the scooter and suitably complements its somewhat avant-garde design. It offers a lot more information, including a tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge and even a clock. The Access on the other hand, has a somewhat plain-Jane clock, with a retro-looking analog speedometer and just a small digital screen below with the odometer and fuel gauge.

The Grazia also offers a nice ‘flip-open’ cubbyhole at the front to carry a mobile phone or other knick knacks, but the Access offers an open storage space. Both scooters have remote switches to flip up the seat. The Grazia has a switch-activated rear hatch opener, while the Access has a handier switch integrated into the ignition. Both scooters have generous underseat storage, the Grazia offers 18 litres of underseat storage, while the Access gets some more room with 21 litres. But both don’t offer enough storage for a full-sized helmet under the seat.

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The Honda Grazia has a smooth and refined 125 cc engine

Engines and Performance

Both scooters have similarly-specced engines, offering near comparable power and torque figures, at least on paper. The Honda Grazia’s single-cylinder, air-cooled, 124.9 cc engine makes 8.52 bhp at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 10.54 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The Suzuki Access is powered by a 124 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which makes marginally more power – 8.58 bhp at 7,000 rpm, but slightly less peak torque of 10.2 Nm at 5,000 rpm. On paper, both scooters are evenly matched, and on the road too, there’s not much of a difference in the way they perform.


The Suzuki Access is 5 kg lighter than the Honda Grazia

But the Honda Grazia at 107 kg kerb weight, weighs a full 5 kg more than the Suzuki Access, which weighs 102 kg. The engines of both scooters are refined and offer smooth acceleration, but it’s the Access which feels more eager to move, and feels peppier from the get-go. It’s quicker than the Grazia and also feels more eager to move at higher speeds. That’s not to say that the Grazia’s performance is lacking in any way; it’s got a refined engine too, and has a strong mid-range, but if it’s high speed cruising you’re looking at, and overall acceleration, it’s the Suzuki Access which comes out tops.

Also Read: 2016 Suzuki Access 125 Review

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The Suzuki Access feels more spirited and has better top end performance

Ride and Handling

Both scooters offer decent ride quality and are almost evenly matched in terms of handling. Both the Grazia and the Access have telescopic front suspension, and ride on 12-inch front wheels and 10-inch rear wheels. But the ride quality is ever so different. The Grazia feels slightly stiff compared to the Access, and it’s the Access which cushions bad roads better than the Grazia. The Access also has a slightly broader and longer seat and that makes it feel slightly plusher and more comfortable than the Grazia. In terms of riding position too, it’s the Access which offers an easier riding position than the Grazia, especially when negotiating a curve or flicking the scooter around a corner.

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The Honda Grazia gets combined braking system (CBS) which the Suzuki Access does not have

That said, both scooters offer near similar handling, but again, it’s the Access which offers more confidence to flick it around a corner or two. Both scooters offer optional front disc brakes, and the Grazia offers the combined-braking system, which essentially activates both brakes simultaneously with just one brake lever, so that really helps in emergency braking manoeuvres. But the Access offers slightly better bite and progression on the lever, and as long as you’re pulling both levers together, the Access offers sure-shot braking power as well.

The last word

The Honda Grazia certainly ups the ante in the 125 cc scooter segment with its flashy design, and features like the all-digital speedometer and LED headlights. It looks youthful, upmarket, and will certainly appeal to someone looking for a trendy and features-loaded scooter with a smooth and refined engine. The Suzuki Access is more the understated gent, but in terms of pure performance and ride quality, we can’t really ignore the qualities it possesses. From a purely enthusiast point of view too, it’s the Suzuki Access, which offer more smiles every time you wring open the throttle and negotiate the urban jungle. Besides, with its understated, yet handsome looks, the Access is more universally acceptable to a wide range of riders, ranging from lady riders to the young executive and even slightly more mature riders. At ₹ 57,744 (ex-showroom) for the disc-brake variant, it’s the Suzuki Access which offers the better value for money option. And even the Access 125 Special Edition, the one we are testing in this comparison, costs less than ₹ 60,000, at ₹ 59,319 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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The Honda Grazia is more expensive than the Suzuki Access

At ₹ 62,505 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the disc brake variant, the Honda Grazia is the more expensive scooter, but it offers a whole lot more in terms of the overall package. And to top it off, Honda also offers a far superior sales and service network than Suzuki, and that makes the Grazia inch ahead of the Access in the eventual comparison. But if you’re in the market for a 125 cc scooter, do take a very close look and a test ride of both these scooters, back to back. Each of these two scooters has their own strengths, and eventually it will really come down to personal choice, and a real close calculation of what “value for money” means, to choose one over the other.


Will Need Government Incentives To Fulfil India’s EV Dream: Maruti Suzuki


India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzukisaid today that government incentives will be needed to make electric vehicles (EVs) affordable as the country moves towards the eco-friendly solution for mobility. The company, which plans to launch its first EV in India by 2020, also said it will conduct a study to find consumer insights to prepare for the journey. Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman RC Bhargava said affordability is a major challenge that EVs will face and for them to be successful, focus has to be on manufacturing of batteries and other components within the country to bring down cost.

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Maruti Suzuki Cars

  • Baleno

  • Vitara Brezza

  • Swift

  • Alto 800

  • Dzire

  • Celerio

  • Wagon R

  • Ignis

  • Ertiga

  • Celerio X

  • Omni

  • S-Cross

  • Eeco

  • Ciaz

  • Alto K10

  • Gypsy

“I think it will be required… My gut feeling is that yes, some kind of intervention would be required but I don’t know to what extent,” he told reporters when asked if government incentives would be needed to support electric vehicles transition in India.

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Studying Market For Electric Vehicles

As electric vehicles are a new development for the Indian auto industry it would be difficult to say in details how much government support would be needed, he added. The company will conduct a study to understand more about consumer insights on electric vehicles, which will also help in estimating how much of government support will be needed, he said.

“Before that I can’t really say with any kind of confidence that this the kind of government intervention is required,” Bhargava said.

The aim of the study would be to find out as to what is the ground reality, where people park their cars and charging infrastructure and what is their thinking about EVs, he said. “It will gauge what average consumer thinks about EVs. This survey is going to provide us the first reliable data from the ground. We will start it within two to three weeks and by about end of February we would have some authentic basis to answer queries on EVs,” Bhargava said.

Stressing on the need for cost of electric cars to be within the reach of consumers, he said, “75 per cent of cars are small cars. How to make small cars electrified and affordable?

“I think this is one of the challenges which we will have to face because making an affordable large car is different from making an affordable small car. We need to keep that in mind. So what kind of government support, policy is required needs to be worked out.”

The government has set eyes on 100 per cent EVs for public mobility and 40 per cent electric for personal mobility by 2030. In a white paper submitted to the government, auto industry body SIAM had proposed 40 per cent of all new vehicles sold in the country to be electric by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2047.

When asked about MSI’s EV launch plans, he Bhargava said the first one will hit the market by 2020 and the company will also set up charging stations. On the future of conventional internal combustion (IC) engine vehicles, he said it will continue to grow.

The company has done an assessment, assuming an annual growth rate of 8 per cent between now and 2030, that 71 million cars will be sold, of which 14.4 million will be electric and 56.6 million will be IC vehicles, he said. “So, conventional cars will continue to be four times that of electrics,” he added.


Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai i20: Struggle of the Premium Hatchbacks

Baleno vs i20

The Baleno become a essential release for the marketplace and for Hyundai too! No I am now notaccidentally announcing Hyundai instead of Maruti Suzuki! Hyundai has had an almost monopolistic run with its i20 hasn’t it? Though the Honda Jazz has additionally carried out alternatively nicely because its arrival. Now the question is will the Baleno enlarge the segment or consume into the proportion of thesecarsspecially the i20 which sells almost an average of 10,000 devices a month?

So the i20 is sincerely the automobile to overcome. This is additionally one of the motors that Suzuki will should contend with while the Baleno launches in Europe next 12 months. The i20 is bold, roomy, and has the best using man or woman of any Hyundai hatch to date – ever! In our final evaluation the i20 hadmanaged to pretty much beat the Honda Jazz and retain section benchmark popularity, andsubsequently we are sticking with simply the i20 for trendy Conflict.

Now the Baleno isn’t obviously proper looking but there are some matters approximately it that assist it redeem itself. What Suzuki is calling the liquid go with the flow concept layout which suggests a touchbit of a bulge at the metallic that nearly organically flows lower back along the car‘s facets. The Balenodoesn’t have the longest wheelbase in its elegance and yet visually looks like it’s miles the most important in its magnificence.

additionally Study: Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview

It really is accentuated by means of the second one issue which I absolutely like – which is the use if thiszone glass on the again, which sits at the back of the close line of the rear door. This means the metallicarea gets reduced and so not only do you get a experience of space from the out of doors, but when you‘re inside the cabin, it seems airy and roomy. The bulge within the steel on the rear fender alsoimplies which you‘ve got a whole lot of cargo space, even though over again the Baleno doesn’t havethe most important boot in its elegance!

Baleno vs i20
The the front is in which the automobile could have been a bit sexier looking. The pinnacle give upmodel does appearance nicer with the projector headlamps and the chrome element jogging via the headlamp. The Honda Jazz looks present day and very new age, the Fiat Punto Evo is the beauty, andthen you‘ve were given the i20 which hands down stays the maximum fashionable vehicle in thesection. It has were given that oomph thing; there may be a wow to it. The Baleno may be very one of a kind searching and right away implies a number of space, it seems extra sufficient. So visually the twovehicles are so incredibly one-of-a-kind.

The one issue that went against the i20 in that face-off became the dearth of devices that the Jazz had.but now, just in time for Diwali (and possibly more importantly – the Baleno launch), Hyundai hasremodeled the i20’s indoors to provide better colours, higher finish and the all-essential touchscreen with navigation too. This permits the i20 to once again seem absolutely-loaded.

Maruti is being virtually brave to go with an all-black indoors subject on the Baleno. In India all and sundry seems to be obsessed with beige, and recollect when you operate darkish hues it makes the space appearance a touch smaller. but on the Baleno it’s been accomplished properly, and the cabin isobviously roomy anyway.

accurate headroom, tremendous legroom and a pleasing ethereal cabin experience are the Baleno’s strengths. Now even as the rear legroom at the Baleno is extra than the i20’s, it doesn’t have a rear AC vent – which the i20 has. The i20’s growing beltline Though makes the rear cabin appear greater cramped due to the fact the window is a chunk excessive. The Baleno’s weather control machine and universal crucialconsole layout seems nicer and trendier too.

additionally Examine: Hyundai i20 Assessment

The Baleno gives four trims, and all have airbags and ABS as standard. That’s incredible! The i20 has 6variations, and neither are widespread. It gives a driving force airbag in two variations, and twin airbags in 2, even as ABS is available in four of the 6 variants.

The Baleno has a totally smartly designed and sexy searching device cluster. The Zeta and Alphaspinnacle trims additionally have the truely cool TFT display ride pc with a exceptional display or eventhe actual-time torque and strength output display that is the gimmick that truely works! The i20’sinstrument cluster is informative but dull through contrast. Each vehicles now have touchscreen infotainment and navigation, but in Both it’s to be had simplest at the top trim. The Baleno bumps up the cool quotient Though with the Apple CarPlay USP. The top trims also come up with keyless access with astartstop button, reverse digital camera, electric powered mirrors, and a tilt and telescopic guidance.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Each vehicles provide diesel and petrol engines. The i20 is now in desperate want of getting an automatic alternative – and now it’s going to want to be a gas efficient one since the Jazz and now the Baleno have a CVT petrol option (Baleno CVT pushed: http://goo.Gl/fNNEN2)). The Baleno has the Fiat-derived 1.three litre DDiS engine That is a little gem. Tuned to deliver 74 bhp, it works very well. The i20 has the more effective 1.4 litre U2 CRDi, with loads extra torque. And so it makes you marvel why Marutididn’t choose the 90 bhp version of that 1.3 litre engine. The solution likely lies within the mileage figures (Baleno DDiS: 27.39 kmpl, i20 U2 CRDi: 22 kmpl). The lots higher segmentsatisfactory mileage claimgives Maruti Suzuki a actual part doesn’t it?

on the petrol aspect the two appear more lightly matched, almost parent for parent. And even thoughEach use a 5 velocity manual gearbox, as I stated earlier than the Baleno has a CVT option that alsosupplies the identical mileage as the petrol (Baleno VVT: 21.four kmpl, i20 VTVT: 18.five kmpl).

I have pushed Both automobiles of their diesel avatars more substantially, as in an effort to probablestay the higher promoting engine version for Both. The i20 has a mature sense to it, discovering as verybuilt and engineered. That’s what had virtually inspired me about this 2d era automobile while itchanged the first i20. Now the i20 handles higher and has a slight nicer experience, but normal the engine overall performance from the Baleno’s diesel unit is lots more pleasant and more fun. Its greaterpunchy and truely sportier.

Baleno vs i20
So I have to mention that it is the automobile I have loved using greater. Having said that, even as thetools shift has been mated very well, the Baleno ought to use the 6th gear that the i20 offers. Each carshave ample torque so there isn’t always plenty equipment converting involved. that is the only realsadness. the car‘s steering and sporty ride make up for it Even though. The diesel Baleno feels planted, and the steerage and suspension feel solid. The apparent tilt of the suspension setup towards comfort willmove down well with India consumers, Although the i20 also enjoys desirable ride satisfactory as I said.

The provision of torque as low as 2000 rpm in the Baleno and 1500 rpm at the i20 means Each carsmaneuver fast and effects thru city visitors. The i20’s gearbox comes throughout as extra subtleAlthough. And this is more or much less genuine at the petrol versions too. The Baleno does appearzippier – and This is no wonder considering Suzuki’s prowess with small displacement petrol engines.

So what is the verdict? The Baleno appears to hold an area on this contest. The Baleno undercuts the i20by means of a terrific 30,000 on Each the petrol and the diesel versions. Maruti surprised anybody by using launching it at four.99 lakh and the rate is going up to 7.01 lakh for the petrol variation. The dieselhowever begins at 6.16 lakh to eight.eleven lakh (all charges ex-showroom Delhi). So, Maruti Suzuki haswon the fee Warfare but let’s see how the customers take to it.