Suzuki moves to make the swift rise con­tinue

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - MOTOR GUIDE - By DEREK OG­DEN

SWIFT by name; swift by na­ture. In au­to­mo­tive terms, it has taken just 12 years and five mil­lion sales world­wide for the Suzuki Swift to be­come some­thing of an Icon in the light-car seg­ment. From the road up, the de­vel­op­ment team went to work In­tro­duc­ing a new-gen­er­a­tion plat­form and engi­neer­ing a com­pletely new chas­sis, body struc­ture and power trat n. The new Swift comes to Aus­tralia in four vari­ants. with the en­try-level Swift GL 1.2 man­ual sell­ing for $16,990 drive­away, adding a CVT for $1000. a Safety Pack for a fur­ther $1200. top­ping off the range with the Swift GLX 1.0 Turbo au­to­matic at $22.990. Sunk de­sign­ers and engi­neers were told to go to work on the Swift from the road up mak­ing use of the lat­est struc­tural tech­niques. au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy and mo­dem boks with­out stray­ing from tra­di­tional Swift char­ac­ter­is­tics. In keep­ing with mod­ern small pas­sen­ger cars Swift has taken on a more as­sertive look, es­pe­cially up front with a wide open ra­di­a­tor and lower bumper grille mak­ing a more ag­gres­sive state­ment. Fend­ers add more mus­cle to a lower and wider stance, while blacked out pil­lars give the im­pres­sion of a float­ing roof and lower cen­tre of grav­ity. Rear door han­dles 'hid­den' in the C-pil­lar again fol­low the mod­ern de­sign trend with­out tak­ing too much away from the Swift char­ac­ter. One way the Swift goes against the seg­ment trend is the fact that it is shorter than the pre­vi­ous model while at the same time adding 20 mm to the wheel­base, open­ing up the cabin space. In keep­ing with a lower over­all ve­hi­cle height. Sow­er­ing the seat­ing main­tains ad­e­quate head room and added lat­eral space for the rear seats. The new Swift has a rea­son­able 242 litres of lug­gage space, 32 litres more than the pre­vi­ous model. A 7-inch four-zone touch screen, sit­u­ated at driver's eye level on the cen­tral dash­board, en­ables easy ac­cess to au­dio and video play­back and hands-free phone and nav­i­ga­tion. Thanks to Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, the driver can also con­nect a smart­phone. The 1.0 Boost­er­jet en­gine makes use of di­rect in­jec­tion and tur­bocharg­ing to give it per­for­mance and fuel con­sump­tion bet­ter than you would ex­pect of its 998 cc ca­pac­ity.

The GLX Turbo has the en­gine mated with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in­cor­po­rat­ing an in­te­grated cooler to im­prove fluid cool­ing.

As well as six airbags, LED head­lamps and day­time run­ning lights, the Swift 1.0 GLX Turbo boasts a suite of safety mea­sures rare in a ve­hi­cle in the light pas­sen­ger seg­ment. This in­cludes Suzuki's first ap­pli­ca­tion of a for­ward de­tec­tion sys­tem which uses a cam­era and laser at­tached to the wind­screen to look out for and warn, through the multi- in­for­ma­tion dis­play on the dash of po­ten­tial trou­ble ahead.

Col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion is in the hands of anti- skid brak­ing with brake as­sist and emer­gency brake- force dis­tri­bu­tion. Warn­ing sys­tems such as lane de­par­ture warn­ing, weav­ing alert, adap­tive cruise con­trol and high beam as­sist keep inat­ten­tive driv­ers alive. A flat-bot­tom steer­ing wheel gives the driver the sense of be­ing in a pre­mium sports ma­chine.

Swift GLX 1.0 Turbo au­to­matic of­fers both very good ac­cel­er­a­tion stand­still and lower fuel con­sump­tion at cruis­ing speeds.

Engi­neers looked to Europe for Swift nim­ble­ness and agility from a new­gen­er­a­tion plat­form and sus­pen­sion.

For ex­am­ple, a new un­der­body, 30kg lighter than the one it re­places, con­trib­utes to lower fuel con­sump­tion and bet­ter per­for­mance in terms of ac­cel­er­a­tion, turn­ing and stop­ping.

There’s more room for pas­sen­gers in a qui­eter cabin and more lug­gage space.

Ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity has been im­proved with a re­duced turn­ing cir­cle of 9.6 m. Steer­ing has been sharp­ened with a newly de­signed, light and highly rigid sus­pen­sion and is able to fol­low con­tours in the road but does pick up bumps and share them equally among all oc­cu­pants.

Large glassed ar­eas all round make for a bright in­te­rior, wide views for pas­sen­gers and the ex­pan­sive rear win­dow fills the whole of the in­te­rior rear-view mir­ror giv­ing the driver, to­gether with re­vers­ing cam­era, a safe in­di­ca­tion of what’s be­hind.

Both vis­ual and au­di­ble warn­ings of dan­ger con­trib­ute to the safety of driver and pas­sen­gers but can be none-the-less in­tru­sive to quiet con­ver­sa­tion and gen­er­ally re­laxed at­mos­phere of a pleas­ant drive.

On our time to­gether, the Swift 1.0 Turbo recorded fuel con­sump­tion of up to 5.8 litres per 100 kilo­me­tres on a mix of city and coun­try driv­ing.

This Suzuki Swift range-top­per il­lus­trates the ad­van­tage of mod­ern tur­bocharg­ing tech­nol­ogy in pro­duc­ing per­for­mance with fuel econ­omy.

While the price is in the up­per reaches of the seg­ment the high spec­i­fi­ca­tion jus­ti­fies the out­lay.

GET­TING EVEN BET­TER: Suzuki has put a lot of ef­fort into keep­ing up the Swift mar­ket mo­men­tum

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