Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market in late 2016, Suzuki Motor Corporation now unveils the new European Swift at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all-new global supermini.
The new model carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. Based on the new Heartect platform (following Baleno and IGNIS), it promises improved rigidity, performance and a weight savings. The new Swift weighs between 840 kg and 970 kg, about 30 kg or up to 160 kg less than before.
Featuring a sportier design, the new Swift now offers a more emotional appearance together with a muscular and well-grounded look. The body is shorter, lower and wider, while a wide and aggressive front grille, supporting bumper grille character lines all express strength. Pillar-mounted rear door handles add both style and a sporty flair while a high-tech look comes in the form of LED signature illumination used in the headlamps and taillamps.
On the inside, the new Swift has a completely new design which focuses on offering a premium yet sporty cabin experience. It’s now simpler with far fewer buttons and dials, and features a 7-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, round dials with displays for the climate control system, Mercedes AMG inspired new twin-pod instrument cluster with color MID, and a sportier flat bottom steering wheel. Driver seat receives integrated arm rest.
The features vary depending on the trim, which include a total of 6 airbags, ABS, ESP, automatic climate controls, keyless entry, push button engine start/stop, heated front seats and rear parking sensors with camera. It also gets DVD/CD, USB and Bluetooth phone integration which navigation is supported via offline maps on SD card.
Powertrain for the European market include two engine options: the K12C 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with SHVS mild hybrid system and a CVT, which develops 91 PS (3 PS less powerful) and 118 Nm of torque. The top-end models get the Baleno’s K10C 1.0-litre three-cylinder Boosterjet (turbocharged) petrol engine paired with a 6-speed automatic that produces 102 PS and 150 Nm.
For India, the new Swift is expected to come with the tried-and-tested 1.2-litre K-series petrol (some variants with SHVS) and top-end models will get the 1.0-liter BoosterJet turbo petrol motor just like on the Baleno. The diesel variant will get an all-new oil-burner developed in-house by Maruti, instead of the ageing 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel mill. Transmission options will include both manual and automatic.
Checkout more pictures of the Suzuki Swift, after a jump.
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