Maruti Suzuki has introduced the Swift DLX version. The Swift DLX is based on the regular Swift LXi and LDi trims. However, the key difference is that the DLX versions come equipped with more comfort features. The Maruti Swift DLX LXi is priced at Rs 4.76 lakh while the Maruti Swift DLX LDi is priced at Rs 5.96 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom Delhi).
Compared to the regular Swift versions, the DLX edition does get a few cosmetic upgrades too. It gets wheel covers, fog lamps along with body coloured door handles and wing mirrors. On the inside, the Maruti Swift DLX versions get a 2-DIN Sony music system with two speakers and Bluetooth. Additionally, it also gets rear power windows and central locking.
Apart from these updates, there are no mechanical updates. The Swift DLX LXi retains the 1.2-litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine which makes 84PS and 115Nm of torque. The Swift DLX LDi carries over the 1.3-litre 4 cylinder diesel engine which produces 75PS and 190Nm of torque.
As per the sales data revealed by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers Association (SIAM) for June 2016, the Hyundai Grand i10 turned out to be a more popular choice among hatchback buyers over the Maruti Swift. Hyundai sold 12,678 units of the Grand i10 while Maruti sold 9,033 units of the Swift.
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That is a big difference in numbers and it seems to have got Maruti worried. The Swift DLX edition seems to be a comeback effort from the manufacturer. But will it work? We shall out in the coming months. This is likely to be the last of the special edition Swift models before the next-generation Maruti Swift arrives in 2017.