BIMS 2018: Sharper all-new Suzuki Swift makes ASEAN debut

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Suzuki drops covers off 2018 Swift at Bangkok International Motor Show

The 2018 Bangkok International Motor Show has just witnessed the Asia-Pacific launch of the all-new Suzuki Swift. It now features a sportier and more angular design than its predecessor, along with a revamped interior and more fuel efficient powertrain.

As mentioned earlier, the Swift gets a radical redesign when compared to the previous generation. While it still bears the familiar shape, almost every section of the new Swift has been made to look sharper and bolder than its predecessor. The front is dominated by a huge hexagonal grill while the headlights have been massaged for a more upswept look. Speaking of headlights, top-end models can come with LED lighting as well as LED daytime running lights.

Carried-over from past models are the iconic sloped roofline and blacked-out A-pillars which give the Swift its eye-catching design. The rear gets a modest redesign as well thanks to the squared-off shoulder lines and wider taillights.

In terms of size, the new Swift measures 3840mm long, 1695mm wide and 1500mm tall. Wheelbase, on the other hand, comes in at 2450mm.

The sporty redesign also makes its way inside the cabin. Hooded gauges crown the instrument panel along with a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel. In Thailand, the Swift can come with either a 2-DIN sound system (as seen here) or with an optional seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The latter features Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink and navigation. Other in-car features available in the 2018 Swift include cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and six-speakers. The seats are upholstered in fabric and come with a unique design pattern. The dashboard itself mixes both new and traditional design while faux metal accents and gloss black plastic trim spruce up the Swift's interior.

Driving the front wheels of the 2018 Swift is a 1.2-liter K12M Dualjet four-cylinder engine that benefits from variable valve timing (VVT) and auto stop-start. It puts out 83 PS along with 103 Nm of torque. Gone is the old four-speed automatic as it has been replaced with a more efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT). According to Suzuki, this will allow the Swift to have an average fuel consumption of 23 km/l. There is no manual transmission option available in Thailand.

The latest-generation Swift also benefits from a new platform called Heartect. In a nutshell, the new platform is lighter and more rigid, allowing for better handling and stability. Safety features that come as standard on the Swift are anti-lock brakes, stability control and dual SRS airbags.

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