The top-selling Suzuki Swift five-door hatchback has been further enhanced with the addition of several safety and comfort features.
As the latest generation version continues to attract industry leading new car sales, the revised 2020 model year Swift is made even more attractive with extra specifications as standard.
Distinguished by a new grille with a chrome centre strip, the new GL and RS grade Swifts join the recently arrived Hybrid version of New Zealand’s most popular new car.
Even the least expensive GL model is well equipped and gains front fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels, with a modest price rise of $505 to $20,500, plus on-road costs. The GL auto equipped with a continuously variable CVT transmission has all the equipment of the manual version, while adding a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with reversing camera, all for a recommended retail price of $22,990.
A digital speed readout function is added to both GL and RS models. LED daytime running lamps, electrically adjustable door mirrors, rear privacy glass, leather steering wheel, cruise control and speed limiter are all standard GL features. The 16-valve DualJet engine has variable valve technology and multipoint fuel injection and is thrifty enough to provide the GL manual with a combined fuel consumption of 4.6 litres/100 km.
The zippy and responsive RS, sometimes referred to as the secret surprise model in the Swift range, also enjoys a safety upgrade with the addition of rear cross traffic alert, heated door mirrors, blind spot monitor and rear parking sensors. An advanced forward detection system assists the driver in avoiding a collision or helping to mitigate damage from a collision.
There are LED projector headlights, headlamp high beam alert, clever adaptive cruise control and electrically folding and heated door mirrors. Infotainment includes a 7-inch touchscreen display and intuitive access to a range of multi-media features including audio, hands-free phone, navigation and smartphone integration.
Fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission with handy steering column paddle shifters for manual override, the $26,990 Swift RS is powered by a one litre, 3-cylinder version of Suzuki’s acclaimed BoosterJet turbocharged engine. This efficient direct injection power unit produces a healthy 82 kW of power, a 24 percent increase compared to the normally aspirated 1.2 litre motor in the GL.
The 160 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm is a key factor in the flexibility and response of the RS turbo engine, reflecting a substantial 25 percent improvement over the GL. A purposefully unbalanced crankshaft flywheel in the compact and light K10C DITC turbo engine eliminates any inherent 3-cylinder imbalance, resulting in a smooth powertrain.
Buyers can add more distinction by opting for a black roof on RS models finished in body colours red or blue.
The GLX grade has been replaced by the new Swift Hybrid models which are available in GLX CVT auto specification ($26,500) or in the higher level LTD CVT auto ($28,500).
Swift is the best selling new passenger car in New Zealand, with sales of 1,400 units in the January to July official Motor Industry Association figures. In the same year to date statistics, the Swift captured a dominant 45.7 percent share of the light car market, increasing its penetration on the same period in 2019.
“We are confident that with the latest improvements the Swift will continue to maintain its popularity and dominate sales,” said Gary Collins, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.