Suzuki announces first details of all-new SwiftPopular Japanese supermini gets updated for 2010

14 June 2010

Suzuki Swift - 1

All-new Suzuki Swift looks very similar to the car it replaces  

These are the first images of the all-new Suzuki Swift supermini, which goes on sale in the UK this October.

Is the new Suzuki Swift really all-new?

Yes, we did say ‘all-new.’ The Suzuki Swift in these pictures looks remarkably like the outgoing model at first glance, but take a closer gander and you’ll spot the tapering window line that marks this out as a completely updated machine.

The new bodyshell features ‘extensive use of higher strength steel,’ to make it both lighter and stiffer, while also safer for pedestrians and occupants alike. The new car is 90mm longer than the old one, with a 50mm increase in the wheelbase, which should benefit comfort and interior room.

The track is also wider, and accommodates larger 16-inch wheels with lower profile rubber. Suzuki suggests this and other underbody modifications mean even better handling than the already fun to drive existing version – hopefully not at the expense of its also impressive ride quality.

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New Swift gets a brand new 1.2-litre petrol engine 

All-new 1.2 petrol, 1.3 diesel returns 67mpg

Powering the new Suzuki Swift will be a brand new 1.2-litre petrol engine and a revised version of the current 1.3-litre turbodiesel.

The new 1.2 petrol features Dual VVT technology – that’s variable intake and exhaust valve timing – for greater efficiency. This means it emits just 116g/km CO2 compared to 140g/km from the outgoing 1.3-litre petrol engine – an improvement of 17 percent.

The 1.2 returns 56.5mpg on the official EU combined fuel economy cycle, besting the 1.3 by 7.8mpg. Remarkably, it also produces 92bhp and 87lb ft of torque (pulling power) – very high figures for such a compact naturally aspirated unit, and higher than those of the 1.3.

The revised 1.3-litre DDiS turbodiesel will arrive in the UK from 2011, emitting 109g/km CO2 and returning 67.3mpg (previous version: 119g/km and 62.8mpg).

Now Euro 5 compliant, the improvements have been achieved by recalibrating the engine management and reducing the internal friction.

More details to follow

No pictures of the new Swift’s interior yet, but Suzuki is promising ‘a more dynamic feel’, mostly in black but with plenty of silver accents throughout. More images of the all-new Suzuki Swift, plus UK specific equipment details and pricing are due for release shortly.

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