After months of testing and leaks, Suzuki Motor Corporation announced on Tuesday ,December 27 that the all-new Suzuki Swift has finally been unveiled and concurrently launched in Japan in Japan on 4 January, 2017. Suzuki’s morning greetings to Indians, this next-gen Swift (Swift based compact sedan) is expected to hit the Indian market by April 2017. The global-spec 2017 Suzuki Swift will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.
This is the new-gen Suzuki Swift has gone through a host of changes in terms of design both on the exterior front and the interior package. 2017 Suzuki Swift’s interior cabin has received major updates such as a new touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, It also features automatic climate control, a flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel and instrument cluster with MID screen.
In terms of safety, the 2017 model of the Swift gets features such as 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking camera, ESP with the new safety feature DSBS (Dual Sensor Brake Support),a collision mitigating system and an automatically speed adjustable feature called Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system which maintain the safe distance of car.
The 2017 Suzuki Swift Japanese spec will be available in 1.2-litre DUALJET petrol, 1.2-litre DUALJET petrol-electric (mild-hybrid) and 1.0-litre BOOSTERJET models, based on the new ‘HEARTEC’ platform with SHVS technology. The 1.2 litre petrol motor produces 89 hp of power and 120 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual and CVT transmission, while the RSt variant swift receives the 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine which delivers 100hp of power and 150 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a 2WD configuration. But in India it is expected that Swift will get the existing 1.2 litre K-Series petrol motor and 1.3 litre DDiS motor mated to a 5-speed manual a CVT transmission.
At the outset, it features a prominent hexagonal grille (replacing the sleeker ones in the previous models) and chrome inserts that also protrudes out of the body, featuring a honeycomb mesh. The swept-back headlamps come with LED projectors (for both high and low beams) along with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), ORVM’s indicator and fog lamps.
The all new Suzuki Swift will come with six variants for the Japanese market comprising – RS, Hybrid RS, RSt, Hybrid ML, XG and XL. The premium hatchback has also been introduced in RS versions – Hybrid RS, RSt and RS. These will be the sportier iterations of the stock Swift and would have bumper extensions, aggressive 10 spoke alloy wheels and blackened out A, B and C pillars.
Besides this, both the fenders in the new hatch are relatively more pronounced, featuring fluidic character lines (inspired by the Baleno). The floating roof of the 2017 Swift has been accentuated with a redesigned C-pillar and a key change, the placement of the rear door handles on the C-pillar alongside the window, similar to the Chevrolet Beat. The latter also gives it a two-door look. It now rides on 16-inch machined alloys-wheels, but the Indian version is likely to continue with the current 15-inchers. The car is built (new-gen Suzuki Swift) is based on the Baleno’s lightweight platform, and is will lose 15 per cent weight (shed weight by 100kg over the present model).
The third-gen Swift (2017), the upcoming hatchback comes along with a hint of an evolution, it has inherited the styling, which has charmed many drivers and its predecessor.