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Alex Rae | Jun, 25 2018 | 0 Comments

Suzuki is replacing its bare-bones manual-only Swift GL with the better equipped GL Navigator.

Previously only available with a CVT transmission, the GL Navigator gets more gear and can also be optioned with a 5-star ANCAP rated safety pack. The move bolsters Suzuki’s line-up that now features a touchscreen infotainment system and reversing camera as standard on every model across the range.

However, the new model will see a bump in price over the old five-speed manual-equipped GL that now increases from $15,990 plus on-road costs to $16,990.

The extra dollars add 16-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lamps and replacement of the archaic double-din radio for a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity plus a reversing camera.

The same model with a CVT transmission remains priced from $17,990 plus on-road costs.

Unlike the GL manual, its replacement can be fitted with an optional $1000 safety pack that adds automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Launched in 2017, the current-generation Swift was the first car to feature semi-autonomous driving features for under $20,000.

It remains powered by a 1.2-litre ‘dualjet’ four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 68kW and 120Nm.

Suzuki Australia general manager Michael Pachota said the better equipped replacement model marks the beginning of greater safety and value in it cars for customers.

“The introduction of the Swift GL Navigator manual now provides greater assurance of safety and overall satisfaction for Swift buyers. With 16-inch alloy wheels, multimedia satellite navigation with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and reversing camera now standard across the entire Swift range.”

The GL Navigator manual can be ordered from August and is expected to land in the last quarter of this year.

 

 
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