Suzuki Australia has today announced the arrival of the 2011 Suzuki Swift, following its unveiling at last year's Australian International Motor Show.
Suzuki has leaned heavily on the styling of the previous generation Swift for its latest incarnation, but an all-new engine and a host of mechanical changes ensure the 2011 Swift is an all-new offering.
While the design of both models might make them hard to tell apart, a side-by-side comparison will quickly reveal their differences - along with the fact that this new Swift is noticeably larger.
Suzuki says just about every element of the 2011 Swift's styling is new, describing the next-generation hatch's design as evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
Measuring 3850mm long, the 2011 Swift is 90mm longer than its predecessor, on a wheelbase 50mm longer than before. That's not all, because it's also 5mm wider and 10mm taller. Front and rear tracks have also grown, by 10 and 5mm respectively.
Despite being larger than the outgoing model, the new Swift features a lighter and stronger body shell than before, improving fuel consumption and impact safety for pedestrians and occupants.
While the 2011 Swift and its predecessor appear similar on the surface, it's on the inside that the differences become most obvious.
As with the outgoing model, the new Swift features a predominantly black interior with silver highlights, but in every other way, the new Swift's cabin could not be more different, offering a more dynamic and less slab-like dash design.
Suzuki says its designers pushed for a more toned, athletic styling for the new Swift - a theme that is as obvious inside as it is on the outside.
The instrument panel is distinguished by contrasts between a stylish black keytone colour and sharp silver-coloured details. This design continues for the seats with refined-looking silver-coloured details on bold, chic black fabric.
Suzuki developed new interior components with a focus on refinement in their look and feel. The newly designed details are focused on user-friendly functionality a stronger sense of interior quality.
Cabin noise and vibration has also been improved, thanks to specially-shaped exterior mirrors and a more rigid bodyshell and increased rigidity in the mechanical components.
The new Swift is available in three model grades, from the entry-level GA, through to the mid-range GL and the GLX range-topping trim.
The GA will come standard with the following features:
- 1.4-litre VVT engine
- Front airbags
- Seat-mounted side airbags
- Side curtain airbags
- Driver’s knee airbag
- ESP stability control
- ABS brakes with EBD and BA
- Four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with USB port
- Air conditioner
- Power windows
- Power mirrors
- Remote central locking
- 15-inch steel wheels
The GL adds:
- Optional four-speed automatic transmission
- Body-coloured door handles / side mirrors
- Mirror-mounted side indicators
- Leather steering wheel
- Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
- Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
The range-topping GLX adds:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Rear wheel disc brakes
- Telescopically adjustable steering wheel
- Keyless entry/start system
- Climate control air conditioner
- Front fog lamps
All three variants in the new Swift range are powered by the all-new 'K14B' 1.4 litre petrol engine, producing 70kW and 130Nm of torque.
The entry GA is available with a five-speed manual transmission only, while the GL and GLX variants can have either the manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel consumption is listed at 5.5 l/100km for the manual models - a 13 percent improvement over the outgoing model - and 6.2 l/100km for the automatic variants.
The five-speed manual transmission has a new assist mechanism for reduced driver effort, while an optimised shift-lever pattern has been developed to offer smooth shifting.
The manual system also features a new mechanism to prevent accidental shifts from fifth gear to reverse, and there is also a new hydraulic release system in the clutch for easier changes.
A revised four-speed automatic transmission is also available with a revised straight shift pattern, replacing the gated version of the old model.
It also comes with a lock-up slip control, offering a wider lock-up range for improved power and efficiency, while also suppressing torque converter slip at light acceleration loads.
The automatic also features a hill-hold function to ensure fuss-free launches in hilly urban areas.
Electronic throttle control - previously available with the Swift Sport only - is now standard across the Swift range, eliminating the mechanical link between the accelerator and the throttle body.
The new Swift also benefits from a newly-developed steering system for a sharper response, along with greater rigidity in the front and rear suspension.
The front suspension utilises MacPherson struts / coil springs together with an enhanced stabiliser layout, developed to give better roll stiffness without weight penalties.
The rear suspension utilises a torsion beam with coil springs, which incorporates an enhanced inclination angle for the torsion-beam bushings.
GLX models get new rear disc brakes with aluminium-alloy calipers, while the GL and GA variants have had their brake discs thickened from 20mm to 22mm.
The 2011 Suzuki Swift is available now.
- 2011 Suzuki Swift GA - Manual - $15,990
- 2011 Suzuki Swift Swift GL - Manual - $16,690
- 2011 Suzuki Swift Swift GL - Auto - $18,390
- 2011 Suzuki Swift Swift GLX - Manual - $18,990
- 2011 Suzuki Swift Swift GLX - Auto - $20,690
Note: Recommended retail price before statutory and dealer delivery charges. Optional premium/metallic paint $475 extra.