Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: | posted June 10, 2014 14:31
New variant to deliver better fuel efficiency
Suzuki Philippines launched the all-new Swift 1.2 variant in Makati City today.
Suzuki says the new Swift 1.2 promises to have better fuel efficiency and lower emissions compared to the 1.4-liter variant.
“We are introducing the Swift 1.2 to the Philippines to make the well-loved Suzuki Swift available to a wider audience. At Suzuki, we are continuously innovating to make our products responsive to the needs of the markets where we operate. This new variant will offer the same great value and best in class performance,” said Hiroshi Suzuki, Suzuki PH President.
Despite being an entry-level variant, it gets power windows, steering-mounted audio controls, 15-inch alloy wheels, and halogen fog lamps as standard. The side mirrors of the vehicle are also integrated with turn signals repeaters.
The Swift 1.2 has a 30mm higher ground clearance than the 1.4 variant; measuring at 170mm.
Mr. Rommel Cabanela, Suzuki PH Manager, Automobile Service Department, said the Swift 1.2 is designed with more ground clearance to adapt to the road conditions of our country. He also said that the higher ground clearance will also give the Swift 1.2 a better fighting chance to face floods.
According to Suzuki PH, the Swift 1.2 has wider knee and longer leg room for rear occupants; possibly due to reconfigured seats and thinner interior side panels.
The K12M 1.2-liter VVT engine delivers a maximum output of 88 PS @ 6,000 rpm with 114 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm; it will be paired to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic.
The Swift 1.2 will be available in all Suzuki dealerships nationwide in July. It will be available in Blazing Red, Glistening Gray, Silky Silver, Pearl Arctic White and Midnight Black exterior colors. It will be priced at PHP 608,000 for the manual transmission and PHP 648,000 for the automatic. Suzuki PH will be sourcing the Swift 1.2 from India.
The new Swift variant is expected to give entry-level hatchbacks like the Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Mirage and the upcoming Honda Brio some serious competition.