The next-generation Swift, from the house of Suzuki, is expected to go on sale in the international market in 2017. It is also rumoured to come to the Indian market the same year. According to emerging reports, the new Swift, which is currently in its testing phase, would be manufactured at the company's new plant in Gujarat.
ET Auto reports that Suzuki's new manufacturing facility in Gujarat, which would become operational by January 2017, is also likely to produce the next-generation Swift. The first model to be produced at the Gujarat plant will be the Baleno premium hatchback.
Suzuki has already started testing the new Swift, and the model has been caught on camera a few times. From what we know so far, the powertrain of the new Swift is expected to include a 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine. The India-bound model of the Swift is likely to get a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine.
From a visual stand point, the next-gen Swift would retain the same silhouette as the current-gen Swift, but with a larger hexagonal grille and new headlights. The other changes expected include wraparound tail lamps, a floating roof line at the rear, and pillar-mounted rear-door handles like Chevrolet Beat.
Inside the cabin, the new Swift is expected to feature more upmarket interiors with a multifunction steering wheel, a twin pod instrument cluster with multi-information display (MID) and touchscreen infotainment system, and HVAC control systems.