After a leaked brochure image of Suzuki's perennial hatchback was released earlier this month, the automaker has officially revealed the next-generation Swift in Japan. Now looking sportier and more angular, the all-new Swift aims to deliver better driving performance, improved handling and lower fuel consumption.
The production model remains faithful to the leaked sketch released back in March. Suzuki applied a more angular look to the all-new Swift, similar to that found on the 2016 Euro-spec Vitara. At the front, it gets a hexagonal grill with soft curves at the lower section. Its headlights meanwhile follow the form of the Baleno but retains cues from the current Swift such as the upswept design.
Moving to its side, it retains the downward sloping roofline set by the 2004-2010 model, as does the blacked-out A-Pillar. New to this generation of Swift is a C-Pillar with black highlights that merge into the rear windshield. As for the rear section of the B-Segment hatchback, it gets a squared-off shoulder line that continues into the tail lights and an integrated spoiler.
The 2017 Swift has also slightly grown in dimensions apart from width and height. It now measures 3,840 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, 1,500 tall and with a wheelbase of 2,450 mm.
Inside the 2017 Swift, the new hatchback adopts a new cabin design. It now looks more upscale than before and benefits from the following: dual pod gauge cluster with multi-information display, new touchscreen infotainment, new climate control system, sportier fabric seats, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. On top of that, the Japanese-spec Swifts are available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse camera and paddle shifters, depending on the variant.
In terms of trim, gloss black panels, gray plastic and faux metal accents spruce up overall cabin ambiance.
Suzuki has also introduced a “Safety Package” for the all-new Swift. Opt for the package and the B-Segment hatchback gets collision mitigation in the form of Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). DSBS features a monocular camera and laser sensor plus high beam assist that automatically switches high and low beam according to the vehicle’s surroundings. And one of the other features in the package is adaptive cruise control (ACC) system which maintains a certain distance to the vehicle in front.
Several engines are available for the Japanese-spec Swift. First is the 1.2-liter Dualjet engine that now has better thermal efficiency. It is rated at 90 PS along with 120 Nm of torque. Available transmissions include a 5-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Next is the 1.0-liter Boosterjet inline-three with direct injection. Exact output ratings are not yet available though in the Baleno, the Boosterjet produces 112 PS and 170 Nm of torque. In Japan, the turbocharged engine is exclusively mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The mild-hybrid model meanwhile gets the same K12C motor in standard models but now benefits from a DC synchronus electric motor that puts out 3 PS and 50 Nm of torque. Also present is a lithium-ion battery pack that helps the hatchback in accelerating. All mild hybrids are mated to a CVT and can be had in either two- or four-wheel drive configurations.
In addition, the new Swift sits on a new platform called Heartect. According to Suzuki, it has better rigidity and is lighter than the current platform. Curb weight will range from 840 - 970 kg, depending on the variant.
The official show premiere of the 2017 Suzuki Swift will take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March.