After bowing out of several major Auto brands Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Kia at one go, Naza is apparently not completely out of the Automotive industry just yet. The group has now embarked to assume the comeback of Suzuki, a brand which had departed Malaysia following a joint venture with Proton, announced several years ago.
Suzuki has had a good ride in the country before they decided to partake with Proton and bow out years ago. Proton had intended to make use of Suzuki models and produce them for local distribution, prior to the Geely partnership.
During Suzuki Malaysia’s tenure, the humble Japanese manufacturers gave the citizens plenty of quality, reliable and affordable models such as; the Swift (a best seller in its own right), Grand Vitara, Kizashi and of course, the impressive Swift Sport.
Present time, Suzuki has returned under the umbrella of Naza and its arm, Naza Eastern Motors. Significantly, the new Suzuki distributors chose to reveal the Swift Sport to spread the word of the long-awaited comeback of its Japanese counterpart.
The 2021 Suzuki Swift Sport has a familiar styling which follows that of the current-generation Swift. In addition, it packs a new drivetrain and the always responsive hot-hatch handling capability.
Most Suzuki Swift enthusiasts are familiar with the Swift Sport. The look of it has overall remained true to its predecessor. But, there are a few stark differences: larger front grille with carbon fiber skirt, LED projector headlights with DRLs, and the side pillar is deemed invisible with stealth rear door handle to give an impression of a floating roof and coupe effect.
Inside, the car gets semi bucket seats with “Sport” emblems, being a Swift Sport and all. The interior creature comforts include a flat bottom steering wheel with switches, a luminous instrument cluster and 7-inch touch display screen.
The Swift Sport is fitted with a 1.4l BoosterJet, matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Not exactly all new, but more refined than that of the previous Swift Sport. The drivetrain enables an output of 140 hp and 230Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. Paddle shifters come standard to allow fast shifting and responsive driving. After all, the Swift Sport is known for its torque-to-weight ratio.
The Swift Sport is built on Suzuki’s new generation HEARTECH platform. This platform ensures enhanced collision safety via its strengthened underbody rigidity.
The Suzuki Swift Sport is already at Naza’s PJ automall for viewing and test driving. The car retails at RM139,900. Four color options are valid: Champion Yellow, Pearl Pure White, Speedy Blue Metallic and Burning Red Pearl Metallic. For more information, visit the official webpage www.suzukimalaysia.com