The all-new Suzuki Swift features a side silhouette that somewhat resembles its first- and second-generation models, and this silhouette is what makes it a Suzuki Swift.
According to Yasukazu Yuuki of Suzuki’s automobile design planning department, “Various tests were conducted to find out what distinguishes a Swift from other cars. We experimented on whether to change the silhouette and maintain its graphics and vice versa. The end result was to leave the silhouette the way it was from the original Swift and adjust the surface and graphics.” He added, “We went through considerable effort for people to notice that it’s a Swift at first glance, but one that’s from another generation.”
So then, what distinguishes a Swift? According to Mr. Yuuki, “The Swift is a sport hatchback that despite it being a car for the compact B-segment, provides satisfaction for its durability, comfort and convenience. As for its styling, the glass or the a-pillar should be sticking out with the shoulders out, the cabin should be condensed and the suspension should be firmly on the ground. If you were to paint the first-, second-, and third-generation Swifts all in black, the side views would all closely resemble one another. It was quite a challenge to achieve this, as the platforms are different. Also, the Swift’s bold styling distinguishes itself from the other vehicles in the B-segment, which consists of exquisite designs.”
“Though the new Swift inherits its DNA from the previous models in terms of its structure, the biggest difference is seen on its surface. At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki, which is not known for curvy designs, showcased the Regina, which doesn’t stand out from far away but its brilliant design is noticeable when seen up close. The Regina wasn’t created just for its display and is truly one-of-a-kind when seen in close range. In particular, the area around the hood significantly resembles the Swift.”
Written by Shunichi Uchida
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)