The 2017 Suzuki Swift has arrived in Australia, with the latest generation light hatch boasting improved fuel efficiency, a lighter structure, and Suzuki’s first local appearance of advanced safety aids including autonomous emergency braking on some variants.
The new Swift line-up comprises three models: GL, GL Navigator, and GLX Turbo with the base model GL arriving as a manual-only model and the GL Navigator and GLX Turbo each paired with a different automatic transmission: CVT for the GL Navigator and six-speed auto for the GLX Turbo.
Engines vary between models too with the GL and GL Navigator powered by the same 1.2-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine as used in the Ignis and the GLX Turbo running a more powerful three-cylinder turbo engine from the Baleno GLX.
The GL comes standard with power windows, cruise control ,cloth trim, privacy glass, six airbags, 15-inch steel wheels. Bluetooth connectivity, leather-trimmed steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat and a tilt-only adjustable steering wheel with Suzuki offering $16,990 driveaway pricing.
Moving up to the GL Navigator brings a big equipment upgrade with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation, 16-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera plus an automatic transmission for just $1000 extra at $17,990 driveaway.
GL Navigator buyers can also opt for an additional safety pack that includes a camera and laser-guided system that adds autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and Weaving Alert (driver fatigue monitoring) along with an LCD instrument cluster display for an extra $1200 making the Swift the only car under $20,000 available with adaptive cruise control in Australia.
The top-spec GLX turbo includes the equipment from the safety pack, plus dusk-sensing LED headlights, LED foglights, LED tail lights, two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels with a polished face, keyless entry and start, tilt and reach adjustable steering, and power-folding rearview view mirrors with integrated indicators, priced from $22,990 driveaway.
Somewhat surprisingly the Swift’s price-points align exactly with the slightly larger Baleno GL manual, GL automatic and GLX Turbo, although at this stage the Baleno doesn’t offer the Swift’s extra safety equipment.
An all-new platform underpins the Swift compared to its predecessor, with a lighter overall weight of up to 135kg, a shorter overall length but longer wheelbase, plus extra passenger and luggage space, up by 32 litres to 242 litres to the back seats.
Swift buyers will be able to choose from six colours, including new Burning Red and Speedy Blue, plus Premium Silver, Super Black, Pure White and a new two-tone finish that combines a Mineral Gray body with a Super Black roof.
Swift GL - $16,990
Swift GL Navigator - $17,990
Swift GL Navigator + Safety pack - $19,190
Swift GLX Turbo - $22,990
Driveaway pricing including on-road costs.
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