Suzuki Swift was recently launched in Japan with a hybrid drive-train. The new car is available in Hybrid SG and Hybrid SL variants, carrying a totally different setup in comparison to the previously available SHVS equipped Swift Hybrid ML and Hybrid RS models.
This system uses a 91 PS, 1.2 liter, 4-cylinder unit along with a 10 kW motor. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed AGS gearbox. The system claims 32 kmpl of mileage while the high level of sophistication makes it good for pure electric drive for a short period at lower load.
This typical hybrid duo is available with front wheel drive and gets no different exterior feature than the regular version of Japan. 2017 Swift measures 3840 mm in length, 1695 mm in width and 1500 mm in height. It carries a wheelbase of 2450 mm.
Interior of the hybrid variant comes with blue highlight on AGS knob, paddle shifters and hybrid display with power distribution graph for ease of understanding the systems working. The typical hybrid variant also gains Suzuki dual camera brake support.
Indian 2017 Swift would not bring this drive-train to the country as recent levels of taxes on hybrid have gone up by a large margin. If it was a fully electric car, it could achieve the benefits from the low tax scheme instantly.
Upcoming Indian variant for the Swift will carry the tried and tested 1.3 liter diesel and 1.2 liter petrol engine. Both are expected to stay exactly the same output but will get a bump in overall performance with lighter body weight. Maruti Suzuki may launch this before this festive season for boost in sales.
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