Impressive upgrade to tech spec adds up to safer drive
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.