Revealed: India-bound new Maruti Swift engine details
New Swift’s Z12E engine gets pure petrol and mild hybrid options abroad; India launch in 2024.
Suzuki Motor Corp has launched the new Swift in Japan, providing new details on what can be expect from the India-bound hatchback. When the fourth-gen Swift was showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, engine specifications were yet to be revealed. What was known was that it gets a new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol powerplant (Z12E) from Suzuki’s Z Series of engines. SMC has now detailed the outputs, gearbox details and mileage figures for the Japan-spec Swift.
For the Japanese market, the Swift’s 1,197cc, 12-valve DOHC engine develops 82hp at 5700rpm and 108 Nm torque at 4500rpm, and for now, there’s only a CVT gearbox is available. Suzuki also offers a mild-hybrid option that is said to add 3.1hp and 60Nm of torque from a DC synchronous motor. The fuel efficiency figures for the standard and mild-hybrid Swift are 23.4kpl and 24.5kpl, respectively, on the WLTP cycle.
Autocar India had reported on how the volumetric efficiency and torque of the Z Series engines would be an improvement over the K Series units, but that would also result in the Z12 losing out on the K12’s free-revving nature. Instead, the new three-pot engine is said to focus on stronger pulling power at the bottom end of its rev range. For some perspective, the current K12 engine in the Swift – which is a four-cylinder unit displacing 1197cc – develops 90hp at 6000rpm and 113 Nm at 4400rpm.
As is the case for the Suzuki Swift for Japan, 4WD versions will also be offered.
India-bound Maruti Swift powertrain details
While the Swift that is coming to India in the second half of 2024 will have the same Z12E engine, the power outputs and fuel-efficiency figures are unknown. There will most likely be a mild hybrid option available at launch, but we don’t expect the CVT gearbox to come to India. The next-gen Swift would most likely continue with an AMT transmission, along with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Swift headed to India will also be FWD only.
Road testing in India for the Swift has already begun. Expect some details on the next-gen car to be announced in the coming months.
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