Present for the car's unveiling was special guest for the night, the Chairman of Suzuki Motor Corporation himself, Mr. Osamu Suzuki, who flew in to attend the groundbreaking of the new SPH Motorcycle Manufacturing Plant in Canlubang, Laguna, earlier in the day.
Despite sporting larger dimensions, the all new Suzuki Swift opts to retain much of the sporty character of its second generation predecessor. Design characteristics like oversized and elongated headlamps, wraparound windscreen and assertive stance. Subtle changes like a broad-shouldered beltline, swept back headlamp housings (to mirror the shape of the tail lights), black a- and b-pillars and a spoiler-shaped roof trailing edge distinguish it from the previous model.
When side to side with the older model the increase in dimensions (the widest tracks in its class - 1,470 mm at the front and 1,480 mm at the rear, 2.5 percent increase in length and a 1.6 percent increase in wheelbase) become more apparent. This provides more legroom and cargo space, with up to 562 liters with the 60:40 split folding rear seat collapsed. A new hidden tray slides out from under the front passenger seat.
The cabin features aluminum trim mixed with tight fitting high grade plastics to create a chic yet functional ambience. The instrument binnacle is placed at a level to ensure good forward visibility and reinforce the cabin's sense of openness. The head unit includes a USB input and is seamlessly integrated into the dashboard and can be operated using either the head unit's one-touch push buttons or steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Powering the Swift is a lightweight 1.4L inline four cylinder, mated to either a 4-speed A/T or a 5-speed M/T that drives the front wheels. The K14B engine boasts of improvements like a higher compression ratio of 10.0 to 1 compared to 9.5 to 1, electronic throttle control and multi-point fuel injection. It can produce a maximum of 94 hp 130 NM of torque. The lighter engine also employs an aluminum alloy cylinder head, a lighter plastic cylinder head cover, lighter pistons and narrower crankshaft bearings than its M15A precursor.
Suzuki claims these changes will improve engine management control, launch feel, refinement at idle, fuel economy and emissions. Their own rigorous tested had yielded fuel economy results of 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers (18.2 km/L) and emissions of 132 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Keeping the car aloft is MacPherson strut/coil spring suspension with an enhanced stabilizer layout in front and a torsion beam/coil spring setup in the rear.
Disc brakes in the front and drums in the rear governed by ABS, EBD and brake assist bringing the car to a stop. Driver and passenger front and side airbags come standard, should the unit get involved in a collision.
Finally, the all new Suzuki Swift is priced at Php 769,000 for the automatic and Php 729,000 for the manual variant.