Suzuki drops first images and details of next-generation Swift
At the 2023 Japan Mobility Show, Suzuki wowed everyone with a slew of concept cars and mobility solutions. But the vehicle that perhaps took center stage at the Suzuki booth was the Swift Concept. It was essentially our best look at the next-generation hatchback.
But despite being called a concept, the vehicle Suzuki showed at the Tokyo Big Sight appears to be more like a pre-production model as it looks like it just came out of a factory floor. A week after the 2023 Japan Mobility Show concluded, Suzuki officially revealed the all-new 2024 Swift, and it's not too far off from what the concept car looks like.
From the bold new grille to the eye-catching LED headlights, as well as the stylish alloy wheels and sharp LED taillights, the next-generation Swift gets the same sporty looks as the concept. Even the curved hoodline from the concept has been carried over which further highlights the Swift's sportier look.
Perhaps the only major change Suzuki made on the all-new Swift is the removal of the pillar-mounted rear door handles from the outgoing generation. That's right, those unique rear door handles are no more as the automaker opted to return to traditional rear door handles. As an added touch Suzuki also made a distinct grille unique only to the mild hybrid version. Whereas the naturally aspirated variant only gets a slim grille surround, the mild hybrid version gets a chrome garnish around the grille itself to make it pop.
Size-wise, the 2024 Suzuki Swift measures 3860mm long, 1695mm wide, 1500mm tall, and has a 2450mm wheelbase. Compared to the current generation Swift we get in PH, the all-new hatchback is 20mm longer, 40mm narrower, and 5mm taller. Wheelbase remains the same, however, which means the next-gen Swift may still have the Heartect platform, albeit updated.
Hop inside and it has the same cabin design as the Swift concept that was revealed a few weeks ago. There's a new 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and also comes with Suzuki Connect for better peace of mind in times of emergencies. A new dual gauge cluster is also present and comes with restyled graphics and dials, along with a multi-info display placed at the center.
Also worth mentioning are the redesigned HVAC controls, the addition of an electronic parking brake (EPB) which replaces the lever-style parking brake, and a host of intelligent driver aids. Thanks to a millimeter wave radar, a monocular camera, and an ultrasonic sensor, the 2024 Swift comes with the Suzuki Safety Support ADAS suite which consists of the following; dual sensor brake support II, brake support at low speeds, blind-spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, lead car notification, a 360-degree camera, a stagger alarm function, auto high-beam assist, and erroneous start suppression for both the front & rear.
Under the hood, the 2024 Suzuki Swift gets a new engine in the form of the Z12E 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. It replaces the 1.2-liter K12C four-cylinder from before and Suzuki claims the new engine is “highly efficient” and delivers “sufficient torque at low speeds”. Power is then transferred to a CVT which is now standard across the range in the Japanese market. There's also the option to get a full-time 4WD system for the Swift.
As mentioned earlier, the all-new hatchback is available as a mild hybrid thanks to the addition of a 12V integrated starter generator (ISG) that provides faster acceleration and a more fuel-efficient driving experience.
Other specifications and details of the 2024 Suzuki Swift will be revealed at a later date in Japan. However, the automaker is already accepting applications from interested customers. With Japan the first market to get the all-new hatchback, it might take a while before other markets like the Philippines will get their hands on it. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that we'll get it sometime next year.