The first shipment of Suzuki’s all-new Swift light hatch has arrived in Australia ahead of the new model’s official debut next month.
Based on Suzuki’s new Heartect chassis architecture which also underpins the larger Baleno hatch and smaller Ignis crossover, the new Swift promises to keep overall weight low to the benefit of fuel economy and handling.
Suzuki Australia is yet to officially confirm specifications for the new Swift, but looking at the brand’s recent launches a two-tier model structure seems likely. Overseas the Swift offers a choice of either a 66kW 1.2-litre naturally aspirated four cylinder engine, or a 82 kW 1.0-litre ‘Boosterjet’ turbocharged three cylinder engine.
As Suzuki’s best-selling model for 2016 the new Swift plays an important role in the local line-up, with the outgoing Swift securing a fourth-place finish in the light car sales race to the end of 2016, behind the Hyundai Accent, Mazda2, and Toyota Yaris but ahead of cars like the Holden Barina, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagen Polo.
So far in 2017 Swift sales have trailed off as supply of the previous generation car runs down, with Swift being overtaken by Vitara as the brand’s best seller, and the recently re-introduced Baleno stamping its mark on the light car segment.
The new Swift will bring increased passenger space, with a longer wheelbase than the previous model providing more generous accommodation, despite the new vehicle’s overall length being slightly shorter than before.
As previously speculated the Swift is likely to follow the Ignis in offering a high level of in-cabin equipment with touchscreen infotainment, satellite navigation, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all expected to feature on the standard features list.
Overseas model shown.
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