The striking new Suzuki Swift will be available soon at SMC Suzuki. It will include two new hybrid iterations (RS and ML) and a range of yet-to-be-announced trim levels. The vehicle has already been released in Japan and is set to be unveiled to European audiences at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.
The new Swift is sharply styled and boasts a sportier look, and is, according to Suzuki UK, “much more emotional and expressive.” Its attractively angular edges are tempered by its smooth silhouette. A wraparound look to the windows is accentuated by a lowered roofline.
Thanks to an increase in dimensions, the new Swift offers greater practicality. Nevertheless, the vehicle is lighter than ever, with weights starting at approximately 900kg, enabling improved fuel-consumption and lower CO2 emissions, as well as greater performance levels.
The Japanese-released Swift features a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine, which utilises Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS), a 48-volt ‘mild hybrid’ system. A 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine is also available, and both units come with Integrated Starter Generator and Brake Energy Regeneration, both of which enable improved performance when accelerating. Japanese customers also have the choice of front or four-wheel drive. At the time of writing, it is hasn’t been confirmed whether or not UK motorists will share exactly the same engine specifications.
Driver aids include Dual Sensor Brake Support (an automatic braking system), Adaptive Cruise Control and High Beam Assist. The latter automatically switches between low and high beams in relation to oncoming traffic. Current iterations of the Swift come with a full five-star safety rating, and it is expected that the newest generation will follow suit.