The seventh model to join Maruti Suzuki’s growing CNG line-up is the carmaker’s popular hatchback Swift. Almost five months after the launch of Maruti Suzuki DZire CNG, Swift sits between Wagon R and DZire and aims to offer a mix of affordability and feature-rich hatchback. While it benefits from an alternative fuel powertrain, let us take a detailed look at what has changed with this update.
What’s under the hood?
Under the guise of CNG, the 1.2-litre Dual Jet Dual VVT petrol engine of the Swift produces 76bhp and 98.5Nm of peak torque. As predicted, the power is 13bhp and 14Nm less than its petrol counterpart. However, Swift CNG compensates for this with a claimed fuel efficiency of 30.90 km/kg.
Compared to its direct rivals, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is underpowered in comparison to the CNG Swift where it churns out 68bhp and 95Nm of torque. The Tata Tiago CNG, on the other hand, has a marginally lower output of 72bhp and peak torque of 95Nm. Also, the ARAI fuel efficiency figures of both these CNG hatchbacks are below 30 km/kg. As a result, the Swift CNG is, at least on paper, more powerful and thrifty than its competitors.