Suzuki has officially pulled the covers off the all-new 2017 Swift at an event in Japan.
The all-new Swift is based on a platform that’s 120 kg lighter than the model it replaces, with a wheelbase of 2,450 mm, a 20 mm increase. Suzuki’s new B-segment hatchback is now 3,840 mm in length and 1,695 mm in width. Height ranges from 1,500 – 1,525 mm, depending on variant. Part of the weight saving comes from Suzuki’s new TECT (Total Effective Control Technology) body structure.
Under the new skin is a Suzuki 1.2-litre K12C engine that does 91 PS and 118 Nm or a 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbocharged direct-injection that outputs 102 PS and 150 Nm. The 2017 Swift is also equipped with Suzuki’s ISG mild hybrid system that improve fuel economy. Suzuki claims that the Swift is able to deliver up to 27.4 km/L.
Transmission choices include a CVT for 2WD and 4WD models, five-speed manual for 2WD models and a six-speed automatic for the turbocharged model. The latter also comes with paddle shifters.
According to webcartop, RS models including the RS, Hybrid RS and RSt will get unique front and rear bumpers, front grille, side skirts, rear spoiler, unique 16-inch alloy wheels and RS-exclusive colours. Non-RS models will receive 15-inch alloy wheels as standard.
On the safety front, the 2017 Suzuki Swift will feature Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. ESP, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist are also present, on top of the available six airbags.
A total of six variants are offered, with a choice of nine colours. Suzuki says that the hero colours for the new 2017 Swift are Burning Red Pearl Metallic and Speedy Blue Metallic. The company aims to sell 3,000 units a month in Japan with overseas sales expected to start in early 2017.