Maruti Suzuki on Thursday introduced the third generation version of its popular hatchback — Swift. The car comes with a price tag of ₹4.99 lakh onwards and will be available in petrol and diesel engine variants.

At the time of unveiling, MD and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, Kenichi Ayukawa said, “Since its launch in 2005, Swift has been the country’s favourite hatchback, selling more than 1.8 million units.”

He also added that the new version is also wider and has longer wheel base with more cabin space, headroom and luggage space than the outgoing model. It will also have an auto- gear shift (clutch-less) technology for the first time.

“The all-new Swift is built on Suzuki’s new and innovative fifth generation HEARTECT platform for more strength, peppier performance and advanced safety,” he added. Swift has been consistently featuring among the top five best-selling cars in India for more than a decade.

The petrol variant of the model has a 1.2-litre engine, while the diesel option is powered by a 1.3 litre engine.
Shedding more light on the two variants, the company said the all-new Swift offers fuel efficiency of 22 km/l for petrol and 28.4 km/l for the diesel engine variant. The car is priced between ₹4.99 lakh and ₹7.29 lakh for petrol manual version and ₹5.99 lakh and ₹8.29 lakh for diesel manual variant.The automatic petrol version is priced at ₹6.34 lakh onwards while the diesel automatic starts at ₹7.34 lakh.

Talking about the development cost, the company said for this model of Swift the cost is over ₹700 crore and that “the hatchback comes with around 98% localization.”