Domestically, the Suzuki Swift needs no formal intros as it is one of the more popular Compact cars in the non-national compact car segment. Globally, the Swift is distributed in over 100 countries, and as far as accolades go, the previous Swift garnered 63 Car-of-The-Year awards in 19 countries.
Marketed and targeted to specific buyers, the new Swift is endowed with a “dynamic and energetic” motif, much like its predecessor. Its dimensions are a little wider by 5mm at 1695mm compared to its predecessor’s 1690mm, while overall length (3,850mm – previous Swift 3,755mm) and wheelbase (2,430mm – 2,390mm) are increased by measurable milimeters to make the car a little expressive. A bit more emotional appeal and refinement here and there…
At the front, a new two-part mesh grille expresses the fascia to the fullest. Add curved lip and rounded fog lights to the profile, you get a youthful, yet refreshed motif. The side and rear of the new Swift probably resemble the previous edition closest, the only exception is the newly-arranged combination lights. To spice up your new Swift, include these optional accessories such as front under Spoiler, side spoiler, rear under spoiler, rear roof spoiler, door sill, front sport sticker and Silver grille garnish. These accessories are available for the Snow White Pearl Swift only at a reasonable cost of RM5,300.
In the cabin, Suzuki’s compact-car space efficiency is reflected in proportions that optimize roominess and comfort. The layout fits five passengers comfortably, while the boot affords generous space for two large luggages. At the dashboard, light silver trims convey a modernistic interior, and the center console houses a larger information display, several audio function buttons, as well as temperature, air-conditioning knobs. Other interior conveniences consist of a 3-spoke steering with buttons, a start-stop switch and clear chrome-ringed meter rings.
Powered by a K14B 1.4-liter petrol engine, the new Swift pushes to 95PS at a hefty 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque; these figures declined slightly from the previous edition’s 101PS and 133 Nm. However, a straight shift four-speed Variable-valve timing (VVT) automatic transmission ensures a zippy push from idle to motion, thanks to its light and compact design.
The new Swift remains in its fun-to-drive form and is most suitable for first time car buyers who are looking for a dependable non-national car or buyers shopping for an alternative city drive car.
A whole host of safety features added to the Suzuki compact hatch’s foray are anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic braking-force distribution (EBD), and an array of passive safety features such as; reinforced, NVH-suppressing, high-rigidity and energy-absorbing TECT body; front seatbelts with pretensioners; force limiters; and foot-protecting brake pedal.
The new Swift retails for RM 77,888.00 on-the-road with insurance in these color choices: Ablaze Red Pearl 2, Boost Blue Pearl Metallic, Snow White Pearl, Mineral Gray Metallic and Super Black Pearl.