Car Wars 3: The Revenge of the Swift


The Suzuki Swift
The swift is the most technologically advanced car from the Maruti stable. It is also very safe with features like ABS and EBD. With the entry of swift, it is high time that Maruti gets rid of some of its older models. Incidentally, Maruti is not known for phasing out any of their cars. You can still buy the Gypsy and the face-lifted (?) Esteem from a Maruti showroom near you. The best candidate for dismissal is the Zen- because it is over-priced and too small to be practical. The Swift can then fill the void between the Zen and the Esteem. The Wagon-R can be a very practical alternative for people whose budget is below that of the Swift.

Coming back to the design of Swift, it is surely a feather on the cap for the Suzuki and Maruti engineers. Looks like this is the first time that Maruti engineers worked hand-in-hand with Suzuki engineers in designing a car from scratch. So far, Maruti designers were just grille designers J. Every time a car became long in its teeth, Maruti redesigned the grille and came up with advertisements which proudly proclaim an “all new car!” (Recent examples: Esteem, Zen, M 800 and Omni). Glad to see that they have broken this mould and came up with an “all new car” in its real sense.

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