Im­pres­sive up­grade to tech spec adds up to safer drive

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS -

SUZUKI EN­THU­SI­ASTS will no­tice a few hi-tech changes to the lat­est Swift.

It has a new cam­er­abased anti-crash sys­tem which mon­i­tors traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans ahead and which ‘reads’ road mark­ings to keep you on the straight and nar­row.

The laser sen­sor ex­cels at mon­i­tor­ing shorter dis­tance haz­ards and there is also night vi­sion de­tec­tion.

In­side, the cabin is classier, with a cen­tral con­sole an­gled to­wards the driver and new, much-im­proved seats.

The Dual Sen­sor Brake Sup­port (DSBS) might not be snap­pily-ti­tled but it can pre­vent col­li­sions.

It is avail­able on the SZ5 grade and sup­ports nu­mer­ous safety tech­nolo­gies.

With DSBS, at ve­hi­cle speeds from 3mph to 62mph, if the sys­tem de­ter­mines a risk of col­li­sion, it is­sues both an au­dio and vis­ual warn­ing.

If there is a high risk of col­li­sion and the driver panic brakes, the sys­tem de­ploys brake as­sist, in­creas­ing brak­ing force. If the risk of a col­li­sion in­creases even more the sys­tem ap­plies full au­to­matic brak­ing in an ef­fort to avoid the col­li­sion or re­duce dam­age.

Swift also has High Beam As­sist, a sys­tem which dims the high beam if there is on­com­ing traf­fic, and it has adap­tive cruise con­trol, a lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem and a buzzer sys­tem to alert the driver if the car be­gins to weave.

Suzuki sold 38,000 cars last year. This year it should be 41,000 and the num­ber is set to rise, thanks to its re­cent new model launches.

The Swift is the most in­ter­est­ing and the new model is well placed to take on some well-es­tab­lished mod­els in its sights such as SEAT Ibiza, Hyundai i20, Kia Rio and Mazda2.

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