When the next-generation Swift was unveiled last month, we reported that it would be equipped with a new three-cylinder 1.2-liter petrol engine paired with a CVT. As the Swift’s Japan launch is approaching, it has been disclosed that the new engine series is named Z12E. Depending on the market, this engine will replace the current K12C 1.2-liter petrol engine. It will be available with a CVT exclusively for the Japanese market and with the possibility of AWD, depending on the variant. The engine also features an ISG for the start-stop function. While Suzuki has not officially disclosed the engine’s output, it is expected to be approximately 100 bhp and 150 Nm, a significant improvement from the current engine’s 89 bhp and 113 Nm.
Now, the question arises whether this engine will be introduced in India. Logically, it appears reasonable to bring this engine to India, especially considering the shift towards smaller engines with higher output. Additionally, India stands as the largest consumer of the 1.2-liter engine among all of Suzuki’s global markets, powering five different models, including one from a competing sister company.
If Suzuki were to establish mass production of this engine anywhere in the world, India would be the most logical choice in the current scenario, allowing the production of the engine for the Indian market and potential exports.