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Suzuki’s third generation Swift compact supermini


Suzuki launched their new Swift here two years ago as its all new global compact supermini. Now, Suzuki tells us that the latest Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation. The entry level model is the 1.2 Dualjet SZ3 5 Speed Manual 106g/km with a price-tag of €15,445.

It adds that it carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. And it boasts that the result is exterior European flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind.

In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, Suzuki says that the Swift features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. It tells us that the development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.

The new Swift will be available in SZ3, SZ-T, Attitude and SZ5 grades. The 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine will also be available with Suzuki’s SHVS hybrid system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) with CO2 emissions of 98g/km. (NEDC Regulation)

Standard specification on all new Swift models includes six airbags, air conditioning, DAB radio, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth.

The SZ-T versions adds smartphone link display audio, rear view camera, front fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.

There is also the ‘Attitude’ special edition model added in January 2019 based on SZ-T and with 1.2-litre Dualjet engine and unique exterior styling upgrades.

Finally, buyers of the SZ5 version can add auto air conditioning, navigation, LED headlamps, polished 16-inch alloy wheels, rear electric windows, Dual Sensor Brake Support and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The new Swift is also available in ten colours with full personalisation options available for both exterior and interior trim.
Under their ‘Suzuki Next 100’ plan announced in 2015, Suzuki developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift is the third model (following Baleno and Ignis) to adopt this platform and be introduced in Europe.

The Swift rests on the latest generation platform known as “HEARTECT” that Suzuki says delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. A comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout resulted in the adoption of a highly rigid frame that enhances collision safety and has a continuous, smooth and curving form to help disperse energy quicker.

This has led to a reduction in reinforcements, making the body a lot lighter than the previous Swift, and greatly contributing to lower fuel consumption. Also, optimising the underbody together with the components that are attached to it as a unified whole rather than focusing on partial optimisation of individual components.

This platform or underbody of the latest Swift is 30kg lighter than before which has contributed to the car registering a kerb weight of just 890kg (SZ3 model), over 100kg lighter overall.

The bodyshell is also of lightweight construction and includes the use of Ultra High tensile steel (980Mpa) across 17 per cent of its structure and High tensile steel (789 MPa) across four per cent of its structure.