Suzuki is all set to introduce its sharply-styled new generation Swift into Australia’s packed light car segment in late 2017 after its global debut at the Geneva motor show in March. Swift is Suzuki’s best selling model in Australia, which has witnessed over 77,000 sales since it was launched in 2010.
The refashioned Suzuki Swift does not retain the rounded shape of the existing model but has sharp body panels, sleeker LED headlights and “invisible” rear door handles within the C-pillar to present a coupe style and a larger grille. New-look tail lights and moulded rear hatch lid are at the back.
All-new Suzuki Swift has improved adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, automatic headlights, upgraded safety technology with 7 airbags, a reverse camera, 360-degree surround view cameras and lane departure warning. It has red and white themed instrumentation, a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and an eminent centre touch-screen along with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility. To enhance interior headroom, the cabin design features a lower hip point and the dashboard shows some facsimile with its Vitara and Baleno sibling.
Prior to the launch of the car, Suzuki said, “It has exceptional sporty styling and its low-fuel intake and brilliant driving performance attained through an incredible handling, inherited and further improved from its predecessor”.
The all-new model is based on the Heartect platform, which is also used for the bigger Baleno and the upcoming Ignis SUV that is due in Australia in the first quarter of 2017. The upcoming 2017 Swift has 20 mm longer wheelbase at 2450 mm and is 10 mm shorter than the existing car; however, it is also wider, lower and lighter than the outgoing model. Largely due to the new design of the Heartect platform, the weight is anticipated to fall, to around 900 kg, down from the existing model, which weighs at 1005 kg. It is not anticipated that the Swift will be offering the option of an all-wheel-drive.
Although there will be the choice of a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine along with a 1.2-litre normally aspirated petrol engine, Australian drive train specifications will follow the conservative trend of the existing Swift model. The 1.0-litre Booster jet turbocharged engine (also one of the engines fitted to the Baleno) is rated in the Swift at 75 kW of power at 5500 rpm and 150 Nm of torque from 1700 rpm to 4500 rpm.
Suzuki Swift’s engine with 1.2-litre may continue with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic; however, Suzuki has yet to provide details of the transmissions but the 1.0-litre engine is most likely to follow the Baleno and be integrated with a 6-speed automatic.