Upgrades to Suzukis Compact Swift Super-Mini
June 9, 2014; Swift is one of the cleanest petrol engine Superminis on the market with emissions of just 116g/km and £30 in annual VED charges (manual transmission) Minor change revisions to 1.2-litre range with immediate effect include addition of front fog lamps and LED DRL (Daytime Running Lights) from SZ2 model upwards. Top specification SZ4 model now adds navigation system with DAB radio as standard. 1.2-litre petrol 4x4 model available in SZ3 and SZ4 grades for greater flexibility when off the beaten track. 1.6-litre Sport model available from £13,999. New colour added to the 1.2-litre range – Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic Global Swift sales of over 3.4 million since first launched in May 2005. UK Swift sales of around 95,000 since May 2005.
The Swift is one of Suzuki’s world strategic models and makes strong statements in styling, impact safety, driving performance, handling as well as offering low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.
The powertrain is a Euro 5 compliant 1.2 litre engine incorporating Dual VVT (Variable intake and exhaust Valve Timing) that produces 94PS at 6,000rpm with a torque figure of 118Nm at 4,800rpm. Swift is highly fuel efficient offering 56.5mpg on the EC combined cycle for the manual transmission model with 2WD. C02 emissions are also one of the lowest in its class producing just 116g/km on the combined cycle (manual transmission).
Due to less than 10 per cent uptake of the 1.3-litre DDiS model, Suzuki has taken the decision to discontinue this model from the range this year.
UK Specification Summary
Swift is available in four clearly defined specification grades, SZ2, SZ3, SZ4 and Sport with 1.6-litre engine. In addition to seven airbags and ESP as standard, SZ2 has front passenger airbag deactivation facility, electric front windows, remote central door locking with deadlocks, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, MP3 / WMA compatible CD tuner with USB port and steering wheel mounted audio controls. SZ3 adds air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, integrated audio unit and bluetooth connectivity with music streaming facility.
As part of the minor change specification upgrades from June 2014, all Swift models (except Sport) are now fitted with LED DRL (Daytime Running Lights) and front fog lights. A gear shift indicator has now been added to help aid fuel efficiency as well as Tyre Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) for added driver safety. These two features have also now been added to the 1.6-litre Sport model.
Also from June 2014, SZ4 adds navigation and DAB digital radio as standard to the already high specification that includes automatic air conditioning, electric rear windows, rear privacy glass (five door models), push button keyless start, automatic headlamps, cruise control and power folding mirrors with integrated turn indicators.
Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic has now been added (except for Sport models) which totals eight colours in the range – six metallic* and two solid – these are: Cool White Pearl metallic Bright Red Silky Silver metallic Superior White Galactic Grey metallic Cosmic Black Pearl metallic Boost Blue metallic Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic *Metallic paint is a £430 option
Pricing for the revised Swift range with current VAT free offers running is as follows: Model OTR Price VAT Free Price 3-door 1.2 SZ2 manual £10,799 £8,999 3-door 1.2 SZ3 manual £12,359 £10,299 3-door 1.2 SZ4 manual £14,039 £11,699 5-door 1.2 SZ2 manual £11,399 £9,499 5-door 1.2 SZ3 manual £12,959 £10,799 5-door 1.2 SZ4 manual £14,639 £12,199 5-door 1.2 SZ4 auto £15,649 £13,041
5-door 1.2 SZ3 manual 4x4 £14,159 £11,799 5-door 1.2 SZ4 manual 4x4 3-door 1.6-litre Sport 5-door 1.6-litre Sport £16,439 £13,999 £14,499 £13,699 N/A N/A
4x4 model for added flexibility.
Following good sales success in Japan and several European Countries, Suzuki took the positive decision in mid-2013 to launch the 4x4 model in the UK. This model is available as a five door 1.2 petrol model with manual transmission and equipped as either an SZ3 or SZ4 grade.
Thanks to the use of small and lightweight components Swift 4x4 is just 65kg heavier than an equivalent 2WD petrol model and emissions are only 10g/km higher at 126g/km. Apart from 4x4 badging and a slightly increased body ride height of 25mm the SZ3 grade appears identical to an equivalent SZ3 five door.
The SZ4 model has a more rugged appearance and offers extra protection over rough ground by adding front and rear skid plates, black wheel arch extensions and black side skirts.
The flagship Sport model was launched in the UK in January 2012; befitting its status as the performance flagship of the Swift model range it reflects the pursuit of even better handling, driving performance, environmental compatibility and an uncompromising focus on quality. Overall, it offers a rewarding experience of Suzuki’s sporting DNA.
Suzuki launched the Swift Sport in a growing number of Countries and sales in the UK are around 1,100 units per annum, representing 10 per cent of total Swift sales. The Sport model has a bespoke exhaust system with twin tailpipes, one on each side of the rear diffuser.
The Swift Sport’s M16A engine offers power combined with low emissions. The engine has a variable intake system and an optimised intake VVT (Variable Valve Timing) for increased valve lift, maximum output is an impressive 100kW (136PS) and maximum torque is 160Nm at an engine speed of 4,400 rpm. The engine’s high output is combined with excellent fuel economy of 44.1mpg on the Combined EC Cycle and CO2 emissions are 147g/km.