The all-new Suzuki Swift hatchback has finally been unveiled, with sales slated to begin by January 2017. This Swift is now powered by an all-new hybrid and turbocharged powertrains.
This JDM Swift is built atop a new lightweight yet rigid platform. Wheelbase is up by 20mm (now 2,450mm), though its overall length is now trimmed by 10mm. Its width and height remain the same as before. Cargo space measures at 265 litres, but with the seats down, this expands to 579 litres.
There are two engine options offered in Japan. One is the 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol powering the RS variant (same engine in the Suzuki Baleno), while the 1.2-litre Dualjet mild hybrid petrol engine is strictly reserved for the RL. The hybrid benefits from the company’s SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild hybrid system.
The new Swift comes with Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) autonomous braking system and adaptive cruise control (ACC). Just like most cars sold in the land of the rising sun, it can be had in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive!
Suzuki confirmed that its global compact car will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. Back at home, the Swift was quite a popular choice before the Japanese carmaker pulled the plug on its operations. The question now is, will this Swift be rebadged as a Proton, or will it just not come to Malaysia?