Competition in the compact hatchback segment is fierce. As we know, the players are Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris, Nissan March/Micra, Mazda 2, to VW Polo. One of Japanese automaker, Suzuki doesn’t want to be eliminated from battle arena. It just introduced its latest compact hatchback, Swift.
The third generation of Suzuki Swift comes up with more modern and futuristic look. Its line design is almost the same as its predecessor. But in the latest model the rear part is boxier. Up front, Suzuki’s designers still give oval headlights but in smaller size. The headlamps now features LED Daytime Running Lights which is trending now. The grille forms trapezoidal with honeycomb motive for RSt, Hybrid RS, and RS variants. Meanwhile for lower variants, such as Hybrid ML, ML, XL, and XG gets horizontal lines motive.
In side, we can see the sculpture and bold lines from front door flowing to rear wheel arches. Interestingly, now the handles for rear door are hidden in C-pillar. At the rear, Swift comes up with boxy taillights. Its brake lights are LEDs, the turning signal and reverse lamps has thin design. The rear fog light still placed in the center of rear bumper just like its predecessor.
Inside, the compact car has a sporty interior design. It can be seen from a three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel like a sport car. For the equipment, the hatchback featured an AC Auto Climate Control, a touchscreen head-unit which has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a camera which will help driver when parking in reverse, and more.
Under the hood, there’s a 1.2 liter engine that can produce 91 hp at 6,000 rpm. For RS series variant, buyer will get a Booster Jet engine 1.0 liter turbo producing 102 hp at 5,500 rpm. How about the transmission? For 1.2 liter you will get a 5-speed manual as a standard, a CVT for hybrid, and a 6-speed automatic transmission for RS series variant.
2017 Suzuki Swift is already sold in Japan. For global market, it will make its debut at 2017 Geneva Motor Show next March.
Text: Andhika Pradityo