Suzuki has a new Swift and we will not get it


Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Suzuki has a new Swift and we will not get it

Yes, there is a new Suzuki Swift and since the brand has exited Malaysia we will not be seeing this car for sale in Malaysia. This is indeed disappointing as the look, tech and drivetrain specs are very inviting. This again another step backward for the Malaysian auto industry as we look to protect national interest at the cost of consumer needs.

Meanwhile let us share some details and pictures of the all-new Swift with you. This Swift utilizes the same ‘HEARTECT’ platform as its stablemates, the Suzuki Baleno and Suzuki Ignis. Calling it “a comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout,” the platform gives the all-new Swift a highly-rigid frame and a smooth and curving form which helps enhance safety and disperse energy in collisions. Another direct result of the new platform is that the all-new Swift has a lighter body at 840 kg, resulting in lower fuel consumption “and vast improvements in the fundamental vehicle functions of running, turning and stopping.”

The ‘HEARTECT’ platform makes the all-new Swift 10 mm shorter than the outgoing model making it more nimble, yet its wheelbase is 20 mm longer, freeing up more space in the cabin. The vehicle is also 15 mm lower and 40 mm wider, giving the all-new Swift a low and wide stance.

Two different engines are available for the all-new Swift: a 1.2-liter, four-cylinder mill that’s supposedly five percent more fuel efficient than the 1.2-liter engine in the outgoing Swift; and a turbocharged 1.o-liter, three-cylinder powerplant that is supposed to create as much torque as a naturally-aspirated 1.7-to-1.8-liter engine.

The 2017 Suzuki Swift receives two engine options – 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder Boosterjet engine and 1.2 litre DUALJET petrol motor. The 1.2 litre petrol motor produces 89hp of power and 120Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual and CVT transmission.

The RSt variant receives the 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine which delivers 100hp of power and 150Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a 2WD configuration.

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