India's largest car maker by volume Maruti Suzuki is reportedly working on the next generation of the Swift Dzire sedan and the debut of the car can be expected in 2018. The car will be produced as the second car model from its new Gujarat plant after the Baleno, reports Autocar Professional.
The report also says the car will be based on a new platform. The next generation of the Swift that Maruti is working on is expected to see the light of the day next year, and will be built on a new platform. According to the various reports, the new Swift platform will be a tweaked version of the Baleno platform. The next-gen Swift Dzire could also be riding on the same platform as the new Swift, which would make the car lighter by 50 to 80kg. As of now, there is no word about the engine line-up of the new Swift Dzire and Swift. However, rumours indicate that Maruti could also bring in Suzuki's new diesel engines that are currently in the works. The petrol line-up may have Boosterjet turbo units.
The Swift Dzire will be more angular in design than the current model. Maruti Suzuki will stick to under 4,000mm length for the new model as well. This will help the company to keep the pricing competitive. Moreover, there are many new entrants in the segment, such as Volkswagen Ameo, and Tata's upcoming Kite 5. Hence, Maruti Suzuki will be forced to bring the next gen Swift Dzire without a steep increase in price.
The fleet spec Dzire Tour is also expected to get a makeover. The large boot space will not be trimmed in the new avatar while a petrol engine version may come on board.