JAPANESE manufacturer Suzuki has launched its all-new light car offering, the totally redesigned Swift.
The new Swift range is made up of four models – GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator (Safety Pack), and the GLX.
The GL, GL Navigator and GL Navigator (Safety Pack) get the new 1.2L ‘Dualjet’ engine, which features two injectors in each of the four cylinders. The result is 66kW and 120Nm. A five-speed manual or CVT is on offer.
For the GLX, Suzuki has taken its ‘Boosterjet’ direct injection 1.0L three-cylinder pushing out 82kW and 160Nm and mated it with a six-speed automatic.
Suzuki claims the theme of the development process was innovation and under the guidance of the Swift’s chief engineer, Masao Kobori, a completely new chassis, body structure and power train was born.
The new underbody is 30kg lighter than its predecessor and safety features such as ABS, electronic brake distribution and braking assist are now standard across the range, while the GL Navigator (Safety Pack) and GLX also become the first use of Suzuki’s forward detection system.
“The new Swift has been five years in the making with a lot of that time dedicated to implementing and perfecting systems and features based specifically on what our customers have told us they want. The end result is something that I could not be prouder of, and something that perfectly marries together bold innovation with the Swift DNA we all know and love,” said Suzuki Australia Automobiles director, Andrew Moore.
“The new Swift is without doubt the best value light hatch on the market – no one else can provide features like SatNav, reversing camera and alloy wheels in its entry auto; no-one else offers the advanced safety features such as AEB and radar cruise under $20,000,” he said.
“With the launch of the new Swift, I can comfortably say we now present the strongest line-up for compact vehicle customers looking for outstanding reliability and value.”