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New Suzuki Swift Hybrid – Fun & Function Combined.

Suzuki Swift Hybrid – Fun & Function Combined.

Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all-new global compact supermini. The new Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation. Initially offered in petrol engine guise, the new Suzuki Swift is now available with Hybrid technology across all trim levels. With global Swift sales of 6.9 million units since 2005, the latest generation Swift is a hugely important car for Suzuki.

Performance-Enhancing Bodyshell.

The new Suzuki Swift benefits from completely new styling, and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. The result is European exterior flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind. In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, the new Swift features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. With the rear seat backs in place, the boot can accommodate 265-litres of cargo, but this can be expanded to 579-litres when the rear seat backs are folded..

New-generation platform ‘HEARTECT’;

Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift is now the third model (following Baleno and IGNIS) to adopt this new generation platform, and to be introduced in Europe. The new Swift rests on a new-generation platform “HEARTECT” that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. A comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout resulted in the adoption of a highly rigid frame that enhances collision safety and has a continuous, smooth and curving form that better helps disperse energy. This has led to a reduction in reinforcements, and greatly contributes to lower fuel consumption and vast improvements in the fundamental vehicle functions of running, turning and braking.

Trim Levels;

There are three trim levels in the new Suzuki Swift; SZ-L, SZ-T and range-topping SZ-5. Standard features in entry-level SZ-L trim include 16” polished alloy wheels, LED headlights, Smartphone link, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, remote central locking with deadlocks, 2 ISOFIX child seat anchorage points, air-conditioning, multiple airbags, rear parking camera, adaptive cruise control, and a driver seat height adjuster, along with a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. Upgrading to SZ-T trim adds front fog lamps, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitor and Traffic Sign Recognition, while SZ-5 adds keyless entry and start, and satellite navigation to the mix. With a choice of 10 paint colours (one solid colour, six metallic colours, and three dual-tone metallic colours), and with full personalisation options available for both the exterior and interior trims, the new Swift can be as individual as the person who drives it.

Aspects of Styling Innovation;

While resolute efforts were made so that the new Swift would inherit the previous model’s characteristic styling, elements that needed refreshing were boldly transformed to innovatively evolve the new car. Enhanced carry-over elements include strong shoulders, blacked-out A-pillars and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. The Swift now offers a more emotional appearance together with a muscular and well-grounded look. The body is shorter, lower and wider, while a wide and aggressive front grille, and supporting bumper grille character lines all express strength.

Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS);

The SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicles by Suzuki) mild hybrid system in the new Swift is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and a starter motor. The ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration, and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. In the new Swift, SHVS is available together with Boosterjet for the first time and results in CO2 emissions as low as 106g/km. The system also uses a compact high performance 12V lithium-ion battery placed under the front passenger seat to store energy and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Start Generator.

Test Car;

My test car was a new Suzuki Swift 1.2 SZ-L SHVS, and was finished in Speedy Blue metallic paintwork for maximum impact. A power output of 83bhp offered by the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre engine sounds small by modern standards, but the Swift’s light weight means that it feels anything but sluggish. The lack of a turbo means that it’s down on torque though, so be prepared to work the slick and smooth five-speed manual gearbox to get the best out of the engine. The 0-100km/h sprint can be completed in 13.1-seconds, while fuel consumption as low as 4.8L/100km (59.7mpg) is achievable on a WLTP combined driving cycle, with annual road tax for my test car costing just €180. The Swift’s steering wheel communicates well with the front wheels, as it is nicely weighted and consistent, making it relatively easy to place the Swift in corners, while a tight turning circle and excellent visibility make it a simple exercise to weave through traffic on city streets. The Swift is a car that is enjoyable to drive because of its light weight, inherent agility and compact dimensions, with twisty back roads providing a great playground for drivers to enjoy the Swift’s dynamic ability. Strong economy and excellent refinement from the 1.2-litre Dualjet engine provide the Swift with even more desirability.

Verdict, Pricing & Warranty;

Overall, the new Suzuki Swift SHVS is a competent, efficient and enjoyable car to drive, and it can hold its head high in the crowded supermini car segment. Pricing for the new Swift SHVS starts at just €17,775. All Suzuki passengers cars come with a 3-year/100,000km warranty as standard.

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