One of the most significant Suzuki vehicles to emerge from the Company in recent years enters dealer showrooms from 15 April. The all-new Swift brings to the compact car segment a blend of eye-catching good looks, Japanese quality and European-inspired driving dynamics, and with prices starting at £7,499, excellent handling and 40 mpg-plus fuel economy, has the individuality to attract the most discerning of supermini customers.
Suzuki has deliberately kept the line-up simple, and available immediately are five-speed manual five door 1.3 GL and 1.5 GLX models at £7,799 and £8,999 respectively, and a four-speed automatic 1.5 GLX priced at £9,824. They’re joined in June by the entry-level three door 1.3 GL manual at £7,499.
The cheeky and distinctive styling and a spacious interior are complemented by a very comprehensive specification. All models feature front, side and curtain airbags, radio/CD player, remote central locking and immobiliser, electric front windows, electric and heated door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and tinted glass, while the GLX gains keyless entry and start, air conditioning, alloy wheels, and front fog lamps.
These petrol-engined Swifts are just the start: September sees the arrival of a 1.3 litre DDi diesel model, while next year the range is to be expanded with a cabriolet variant with folding metal roof and, exploiting the full potential of the Swift’s capable chassis, a high performance 1.6-litre derivative.
And the Swift will also form the basis of Suzuki’s new Junior World Rally Championship title contender later in the year, replacing the all-conquering, Championship-winning Ignis.