Maruti Suzuki has launched a special edition of the Swift, christened the ‘Deca’. The automaker has teased the car before in a video and it was also showcased at this year&’s Delhi Auto Expo. The Swift Deca is available in both petrol and diesel engine options in the mid-spec ‘V’ trims – the VXi (petrol) costs Rs.5.94 lakh, while the VDi (diesel) is priced at Rs.6.86 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Swift Deca special edition is available in two colour options – Bright Red and Pearl White.

Before the Deca, the company came up with the Swift Glory, which was also based on the ‘V’ trims (the VXi and VDi, which sit in between the base and the top-end trims). And like the Glory, the Deca versions will also have additional features, apart from the ones that are already offered with the ‘V’ trims

Additional features offered with the Swift Deca

· Body graphics: strips on the bonnet, boot, sides and roof, along with number ‘10’ decals on both the front doors

· Body kits: front, side and rear skirts, along with a rear spoiler 

· Sony touchscreen infotainment system; the unit also has a reverse parking camera system attached to it

· Door-mounted speakers

·  Reverse parking sensors

· The interior comes with a red-and-black themed upholstery, and features central armrest, door sills, steering-wheel cover, floor mats, and ambient lighting, along with faux carbon fibre highlights  

Mechanically, the limited-run Deca edition remains unaltered and is powered by the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engines that are offered in the current Swift. The petrol puts out 84.3PS and 115Nm, while the diesel generates 75PS and 190Nm. Both the engines are coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox.  

Ever since the launch of the Baleno at an aggressive price point, the Swift’s sales have declined drastically. These special editions keep customers’ interest in the Swift alive and help pull a few potential buyers away from the Baleno. What helps the cause of the Swift is also the long waiting period for the Baleno.