The all-new Suzuki Swift has already been unveiled in Japan. It comes in two engine options – a 1.0-litre Boosterjet direct-injection turbo engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the more powerful 1.2-litre Dualjet engine.
The new iteration of the popular hatchback is built on Suzuki’s latest generation Heartect platform. The 2017 Suzuki Swift aimed for the Japanese market also features the Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) for better fuel efficiency. If the India-spec 2017 Swift is fitted with SHVS, it could qualify for deductions under the Government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles) scheme, bringing down its price even further.
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There are plenty of changes on the new generation Swift that are evident from the outside. The revised front grille now features a hexagonal honeycomb pattern with just a sleek red streak dividing the upper and the lower section – instead of the thick panel like in the current generation. The headlamps comprise projector units and L-shaped daytime running lights. The bonnet gets some pronounced creases, making it look slightly more muscular while an air dams runs the length of the front bumper, connecting the two round fog lamps on each side.
The cabin of the 2017 Suzuki Swift receives some upgrades too, including new upholstery, and a refreshed dashboard with a twin-pod instrument panel, a touchscreen that can support both Apple CarPlay and Android, and a sportier flat-bottom steering wheel. In Japan, Suzuki is offering an optional “safety package” with the Swift. The equipment in the package includes a monocular camera and laser sensor, as part of the Dual Sensor Brake Support collision-mitigating system. There’s also high beam assist that regulates the direction of the beam, depending on the environment the vehicles is driven in, and adaptive cruise control.
The all-new Suzuki Swift will be launched in Japan on January 4, 2017 while the global premier of the car is scheduled for March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show.