A distinctive new SR version of the best-selling Suzuki Swift 5-door hatchback has been introduced to the New Zealand market.
The SR builds on the strong features of the Swift which continues to consolidate its leading position in local sales charts.
Bold, larger diameter spoked aluminium alloy wheels, finished in black, and shod with 17-inch 205/45R tyres, set the Swift SR apart. A new glossy black roof contrasts with the choice of vivid body colours that include Red Pearl metallic, Speedy Blue, Pure White Pearl, Premium Silver and Super Black.
In unison with the sporting theme, the SR is fitted with a rear spoiler, mounted on the trailing edge of the roof line. The rear windows and hatchback have privacy glass, and discreet Swift branded lower side body mouldings are unique to this model.
Priced at $21,990 in 5-speed manual gearbox mode, or $23,990 when equipped with the CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic, this limited edition Swift is also distinguished by SR badging on the ‘C’ pillar and rear hatch.
The SR is extremely well equipped as standard with cruise control, a speed limiter, height adjustable driver’s seat, and a tilt-adjustable leather-covered steering wheel with audio controls and Bluetooth. The CVT auto adds touchscreen satellite navigation, reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Awarded a top 5 Star ANCAP safety rating, the Swift has ABS with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), engine immobiliser, hill hold control, CVT, ESP (electronic stability programme) and six airbags.
Powering the Swift SR is the thrifty 1,242 cm3, 4-cylinder K12C, four valves per cylinder engine with variable valve technology and multi-point fuel injection, developing 66 kW of power and 120 Nm of torque. The motor boasts a water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation system and a more compact combustion chamber for increased power and better fuel economy.
The Swift is now available in eight variations, and has continued to increase its share of the new car market in New Zealand this year. It continues as the most favoured new car choice of private buyers and in April was the second best selling new car or SUV model.
Last month also saw the Suzuki brand ranked fourth highest in local new car and SUV sales, capturing 8 percent of the total market in April. In year to date sales, Suzuki took 7 percent of the market, compared to 6 percent for calendar year 2017.