2017 Suzuki Swift First details 20 | 03 | 2017

    THE NEW SUZUKI Swift will go on-sale at Scottish dealerships on June 1; and we’ve driven the car for the first time today in Monaco. Official prices for the Japanese car maker’s latest compact supermini won’t be announced until May, but they are expected to rise slightly from the current entry-point of £8995.

    What we do know is the car will be up to 10% lighter, 19% more powerful and 8% more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. It will also be available in three trim levels —  SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5 — and features Suzuki’s new Advanced Forward Detection System.

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    The Swift is one of Suzuki’s principal core models. Since it was first launched in 2005, 5.4 million have been sold globally, with 1m in Europe and 127,000 in the UK. In its first full year (2018) of sales, Suzuki expects to sell 12,500 in the UK, with 70,000 across Europe. The car is built at Suzuki’s Sagara plant in Japan.

    The new advanced forward detection system combines a monocular camera and a laser sensor for advanced safety functions, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and high beam assist. It also uses millimetre-wave radar to enable adaptive cruise control.

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    Three trim levels will be available — SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5 — and there will be a choice of two petrol engines and one petrol-hybrid. There will also be a choice of five-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearboxes.

    The SZ3 is powered by an 89bhp Dualjet 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine capable of returning 65.7mpg and emitting just 98g/km CO2. Six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, rear privacy glass, LED daytime running lights, 15in alloys, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows are all standard.

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    Buyers stepping up to the SZ-T models gain the option of choosing from a 109bhp Boosterjet 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder. Both economy and emissions suffer, with figures of 61.1mpg and 104g/km CO2. You do, however, get rear view camera, 7in touchscreen with Mirrorlink, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, 16in alloys and front foglamps in addition to the SZ3 spec.

    The range-topping SZ5 is the only spec to get the extra mild-hybrid powertrain option, again sen in the Ignis. Mating the Boosterjet unit and an integrated starter motor, it generates electricity through regenerative braking and reduces CO2 emissions to 97g/km.

    Full report and roadtest to follow.

    Related: Roadtest — Suzuki Ignis

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    Jim McGill

     

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