Stronger, more economical
The Dutch branch of Suzuki has finally pulled the curtain on the new Swift. The compact Japanese will come to the Netherlands in the second quarter and appears to be only available with a mild-hybrid powertrain for the time being.
There’s a good chance that you’ll get a sense of déjà vu when you see these photos. In October, Suzuki released the first photos of the Suzuki Swift Concept during the Japan Mobility Show, a very concrete preview of the new fourth generation Swift. AutoWeek was able to show you the Japanese production version of the new Suzuki Swift at the beginning of November and now the European version is finally ready and will also come to the Netherlands. It will be in Dutch showrooms at the beginning of the second quarter of 2024.
We have already written a lot about the appearance. We now leave that entirely up to the viewer. The fourth Swift builds on the Heartect platform that is also found in the outgoing third generation. The new Swift is 3.86 meters long and has a wheelbase of 2.45 meters. The wheelbase is therefore the same as that of the previous model and the Swift does not grow in length either. At 265 liters, the luggage space is the same as that of the previous model, although the Swift gains 10 liters compared to its predecessor with the rear seats folded down. With the rear seats flat, the luggage space measures 589 liters.
Higher torque, lower consumption
On a technical level, the Swift does not bring any earth-shattering changes. It is not an EV, it is not available as a plug-in hybrid or even already full hybrid. Instead, the new Swift will again have a mild-hybrid powertrain that Suzuki has dubbed Smart Hybrid 12v. It consists of a new 1.2 three-cylinder petrol engine that generates 81 hp and 110 Nm. That three-cylinder engine is supported by a modest electric motor of 3 hp and 50 Nm. The result: it has up to 10 hp more torque and should also be more economical than the mild-hybrid powertrains of the Swift that you can still buy. Shifting is done with a sharpened five-speed manual gearbox, but you can also opt for a CVT. Furthermore, AllGrip four-wheel drive is available again. Do you know any other car in this segment with four-wheel drive?
According to Suzuki, the adjustments to the platform mean that the Swift should be considerably quieter than the outgoing model. More insulation material has been used and different rubbers have been fitted around the doors and around the tailgate. In addition, the Swift now uses liquid-filled engine mounts and you will find a real wind deflector for the torsion beam under the car. Every Suzuki Swift gets a 9-inch infotainment screen with navigation as standard. It supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, among other things. You can also expect Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, traffic sign recognition and a blind spot sensor.
Prices and specifications for the Dutch market will follow in the run-up to the market introduction.
– Thanks for information from Autoweek.nl