We first saw the facelifted Suzuki Swift last year, when it debuted in Japan. While it did get a cosmetic makeover and upgrades in the technology department, we weren't sure if all of the new changes would make it to the Philippines. Do remember that the Swift sold in the Philippines is sourced from Thailand and not Japan.
Now, we finally have an idea of what the Philippine-spec Suzuki Swift will look like. Nearly half a year since the hatchback was revealed in Japan, the automaker recently rolled out the refreshed Swift hatchback in Thailand.
Starting with the design, the changes in the styling department are limited and similar to the Japan-model. The most obvious difference would be the new grille, which now sports a chrome horizontal stripe and a honeycomb design. The headlights are also new, with the higher-spec variant featuring LED headlights as standard. Wrapping up the exterior changes are the new wheels. Unfortunately, the Thailand-spec Swift is not offered with the new orange and yellow colors available in the Japan-model.
Step inside, and you'll find the changes are subtle too. The dashboard, center stack, and center console are carried over from the pre-facelift model. Even the seat materials are unchanged. Unfortunately, the colored multi-info display from the Japan-spec Swift doesn't make it into the Thailand-spec model. The hatchback does, however, get a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for the higher-trim model. Other features such as automatic climate control, push to start, and keyless entry are now standard across the range as well.
As we expected, Suzuki's safety suite of features (adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and more) found in the Japan-spec Swift did not make it to the Thailand-spec model. That said, don't expect to find it in the Philippine-spec model as well.
Under the hood, the lone engine option has been carried over. The 1.2-liter K12M engine continues to produce 82 PS and 108 Nm torque. Interestingly, there's no longer a manual transmission option available for the Thai-spec Swift. The lone transmission option is a CVT that sends power to the front wheels. Suzuki claims the refreshed Swift is “fuel-efficient” and can do up to 23 km/L.
With the refreshed Swift now in Thailand, it will only be a matter of time before the hatchback makes its way to the Philippines. Expect most, if not all of the features available in the Thai-spec model, to make its way to local units.