The recently concluded strike at Maruti Suzuki seems to have cost the automaker not just loss in production but also seems to have thrown a spanner in it’s new model launch plans. The new Swift, which is set to replace the five year old current model was expected to arrive in early August. But, a 16,000 car production loss will only mean that production of the new Swift will get delayed until the existing orders are serviced.
With Maruti operating at a 108% plant capacity, it is highly unlikely that Maruti will be able to accommodate the new Swift’s production without affecting the other models as it’s scheduled annual plant maintenance kicks in during end June. Since that isn’t too viable an option, a delay in the Swift’s launch now appears inevitable. October could be when the new Swift could be launched as Maruti would require some buffer time to tide over the fortnight of production loss that it has suffered recently due to strike
While the delay in the new Maruti Swift’s launch could put off many potential buyers, who are simply too tired to wait endlessly for the new Swift, a silver lining is the fact that Maruti will launch the new Swift with a 1.3 liter, 90 Bhp K-Series petrol engine that will now feature variable valve timing, So, expect the new Swift to be more powerful, responsive as well as fuel efficient. The diesel model though will come with the same 1.3 Liter multijet diesel engine.