Press conference for new Suzuki Swift (Photo by Kei Takagi)

New Suzuki Swift: Mild hybrid system improves driving performance and fuel economy

Suzuki has announced that its significantly improved Swift compact passenger car will go on sale January 4, 2017. As Japan’s global compact car, the new Swift will be sold as an export at first, but will be produced and sold outside of Japan in the future.

The new model takes the previous model’s styling and adds proportions with a low center of gravity and a dynamic form to create a total new Swift. The front mask, with its large-aperture front grille, presents an expression that has toughness and a strong sense of presence.

The interior is designed around the driver to offer sportiness and excellent handling in order to offer an even more luxurious and advanced driving experience. It has a high-definition 4.2-inch large color dot liquid crystal multi-information display at the center of the meters for the driver to easily take in information regarding driving conditions, engine power and torque, and so on.

It also uses the new Heartect platform, which combines light weight with high rigidity. In addition to improving driving performance and fuel economy, it also contributes a great deal to riding comfort and loading performance. The thorough lightening of all aspects including body, engine and suspension has led to the new Swift losing 120kg of its previous version’s weight.

The engine options are 1.2L naturally aspirated or 1.0L direct-injection turbo. The NA option has a proprietary mild hybrid system that combines ISG (a generator with a motor function) and a special lithium ion battery and the 2WD gets 27.4km/L (JC08 mode). The 1.0L turbo is compact but puts out 102ps and gets 150Nm or torque, which puts it on par with a 1.5 NA engine. It’s designed for ease-of-use and an excellent drive in any driving condition from city streets to high-speed freeway.

For safety features, it is the first Suzuki model to include the Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) collision avoidance system, which uses single-lens camera and laser radar. It also has High Beam Assist, which automatically switches between low beams and high beams according to conditions around the vehicle, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

The price is 1,343,520 to 1,845,720 yen.

(Translated by Greg Scott)