Evolution not revolution is the Swift way to boost brand
SUZUKI IS on a roll. In fact, it has been ever since the modern version of Swift was launched a decade ago. Lately, we’ve had new versions of Vitara, Baleno, Ignis and Celerio which have given fresh yet more impetus to the brand. Vitara and Ignis are especially good.
But here’s the car Suzuki enthusiasts have been waiting for: new Swift. Like all cars from good companies, it is an evolution rather than a revolution, with minor adjustments here and there rather than major changes.
But it does have some revolutionary improvements: more power, less weight and improved economy. What’s not to like?
New Swift goes on sale in June as a five-door model only. Prices? You will have to wait til May to find out, with the model
CONTINENTAL DRIFT: going on sale in June. The price range for the current Swift spans £9,000 to £15,000.
It’s under the bonnet where Swift has really come on apace.
A new 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine offers 65mpg and 98g/ km of emissions.
A 1.0 litre three-cylinder version manages 61mpg and 104g/km.
Quite interesting is a hybrid version. The 1.0 litre unit can be matched with a hybrid system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki, or more catchily SHVS). It’s also available as a 4x4 model.
The arrival of the 2004 Swift was a watershed moment for Suzuki, marking it out as a serious manufacturer for the first time. It has sold well for 13 years in various guises with 5.4m models created globally including more than one million in Europe.
So, how exactly does Swift measure up to its more established rivals? Well, it is designed to match European tastes in terms of ride, handling and style.
New Swift is 10mm shorter than the outgoing model, while its wheelbase is 20mm longer, creating more interior room including 25 per cent more luggage capacity.
It is also 15mm lower and 40mm wider, accentuating its low and wide stance. Additionally, the European Swift has a wider front and rear track than the Japanese Domestic model.
The new Swift has been designed to match the tastes of Suzuki’s European customers for ride and handling.