Suzuki swift has been one of the most popular and also one of the highest selling hatchbacks of Nepal. The first generation of the Suzuki swift was introduced in the 2005. The newly introduced swift is the third generation with upgrades and updates starting with the body. It has gained in popularity as a sporty hatchback in accordance to its performance and appearance. It is not only popular in the south Asian market but also in an international level with its participation in rallies and the option of customization. The hatchback has been a popular choice for people of all ages. The balance of performance, power, and comfort has made this hatchback gain immense popularity in Nepal. The first batch of the swift was introduced as a 1.3-liter engine while the second and third generations have 1.2 liter engines. The body upgrades in the second and third generation has made the vehicle competitive amongst other hatchbacks available in Nepal.
The upgrades are in the body structure, performance, and comfort. The 1197cc engine produces a max power of 61kw at 6000 rpm and a max torque of 113Nm at 4200 rpm. The Swift has yet again maintained its reputation of the sporty hatchback. The 5-seater hatchback comes in two variants in Nepal; Vxi and Zxi. The overall length of the vehicle is 3840mm and has a height of 1530mm. The ground clearance is 163mm with an increased boot space of 268L along with a 37 liter fuel tank capacity. In terms of the exterior, both the variants have LED Rear combination lamp and LED high mounted stop lamps. Similarly, the VXI model has a steel rim whereas the Zxi is equipped with alloy rims. Furthermore, the interiors are also well designed to ensure comfort and ease of access to the driver as well as passengers. The small detailing on the interiors like the gear shift knob with the piano black finish, chrome inside door handles, tachometer, and soothing front come lamps give an additional benefit to the interior finish. In terms of safety features, both the variants come with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist but the reverse parking sensors are only available in the Zxi variant. Adding to this, the swift also comes with steering mounted, AUX-in, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Swift has upgraded the safety features with reminders and warning lamps for a seatbelt reminder, ‘headlamp on’ reminder, low fuel warning indicator, and a gear shift indicator. Besides these, the vehicle has ample space to accommodate keys and cellphones. The power to brake ratio in the swift is a perfect balance for city driving as well as on highways. Hatchbacks are a great ride in the narrow streets of Kathmandu city. The compact hatchback size of the Swift makes it easier to drive inside the city area. The electronic features are also very user friendly and makes it comforting for the driver to access the features of the vehicle. Similarly, LED projector headlamps with DRL's provide high visibility during night driving. The electrically foldable and adjustable ORVM's with turn indicators makes it easier while parking. Keyless lock system as well as push button start/off has also been included in the third generation.
The 2018 Swift is a power-packed vehicle with a thrilling performance. The upgraded body is a head-turner, being one of the most awaited hatchbacks in the country. It has a loyal fan following and an upgrade in terms of the existing body and performance is always a challenge. In relation to this, the company has upgraded the vehicle in terms of engine and performance which has made progress as far as mileage is concerned, compared to the second generation swift. The third generation is a game changer for the company with its appealing looks and maintaining the performance rigidity of the previous generation Swifts. The front end of the Swift is quite similar to the Dzire but has more of a sporty feel. An upgrade feature also includes the rear door handle mounted in the C-pillar which can take a bit of time getting used to. The wider body has incorporated additional features with fully loaded cabin features. The Swift also has climate control and a user friendly ventilation system which is an exceptional feature.
The Swift in Nepal has been introduced by CG Moto Corp that has been selling Maruti Suzuki vehicles rom the initial stage. The vehicle comes in six different color variants: Solid fire red, pearl arctic white, metallic silky silver, metallic magma grey, pearl metallic midnight blue and pearl metallic lucent orange. The Vxi and Zxi models of the Swift are available within a price range of Rs. 2,899,000 (VXI) and Rs. 3,199,000 (ZXI). Both the vehicles are available in Maruti Suzuki outlets and can be taken for test drives. The vehicle with its already established popularity in the Nepali market has been a popular choice since the first generation models. The company also claims to have sold around 6000 models of the vehicle since the year 2005. With a competitive hatchback market in Nepal, the swift can be compared to popular hatchbacks like the Hyundai Grand i10, i20, and other hatchbacks available in Nepal.