Suzuki revealed today the first images with its brand news 2011 Swift, the third generation of its popular city car. Comparing it to the current model, the new Swift has grown slightly in length (+90mm) with a 50mm increase in wheelbase. Regarding the design, this was improved but don´t expect a radical change.
According to Suzuki, the latest body design has also helped improve impact safety for pedestrians as well as occupants. The interior has now a more dynamic feel and features black as its keynote colour with accents of silver throughout the car.
Under the hood we find a new 1.2-litre petrol engine incorporating Dual VVT (Variable intake and exhaust valve timing) capable to produce 94 PS @ 6,000 rpm (which is more than the current 1.3-liter engine).
Torque was also improved to 118 Nm at 4,800 rpm. The fuel consumption was also improved and now the car, in the combined cycle can deliver 56.5mpg for the manual transmission model, an improvement of 7.8mpg over the previous 1.3-litre unit.
Emissions are also lower: the new engine produces just 116g/km on the combined cycle, a 17 per ent improvement over the 1.3-liter plant. An optional automatic transmission will be available for the petrol engine from launch. The new Swift will alsi receive a 1.3-liter diesel engine in early 2011.
According to Suzuki, the new engine will deliver an impressive combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg, an improvement on an already highly credible 62.8mpg from the outgoing Swift DDiS.
The 2011 Suzuki Swift is considered to have the widest body in its segment with a width that measures 1,690 mm. When combined with its long wheelbase, it results in a cabin with enough space for all occupants with a practical boot.
In fact, for the three-door models, it can carry up to four while the five-door versions can go as high as five. In order to give the interior that feel of style and function, the design team utilized aluminium trim highlights to enhance its elegance. The team also combined high-grade plastics with a tight fit and finish of its trim to give a complete sense of quality and sophistication. The height adjustment of the driver’s seat and the tilt-adjustable steering column are part of the usual features.
This makes sure that the driver can find the necessary height for comfortable driving. In general, the front seats provide support and hold considering that it allows a 240 mm adjustment for the aft and fore, topping its segment. To make sure that there is good forward visibility, a low position was set for the instrument binnacle.
This also strengthened the idea of the cabin having more space. Among others, the triple gauge instrument cluster has a tachometer whose needle starts at the six o’clock position. It even reflects the sports bike convention. The third is an information display that shows the fuel consumption, time, and outside temperature in digital format. The information display is centrally mounted and located on the fascia’s leading edge. The dashboard has a radio/CD player integrated to it with two ways to operate it.
The first is through the one touch push buttons on the player itself. The second is through the controls placed on its 3-spoke steering wheel. The ventilation system and heating are operated using the large and dial-type controls. Under the audio system is the air conditioning, which is standard for the SZ3, SZ4 and even the SZ3 DDiS models. Even the automatic air conditioning for SZ4 is at the same location. For those who want a safe place for their CDs, mobile phones, or any other small items, there are a number of storage spaces in the cabin.
These include the glovebox, the compartment of the instrument panel and the cup holders on the front and rear. Storing items is also possible using the seat pocket and the front door pockets. The front door pockets in particular are large enough to store even those A4-sized road atlases. There is also a “hidden” tray under the seat of the front passenger that can simply be slid out.
The interior also offers an ashtray shaped like a cylindrical pot. What this means is that it can fit easily to the cup holders. As a result of this shape, when not in use for its purpose, it can function as a stowage point. The car has a unique arrangement for its torsion beam suspension that contributes to the boot and its flat floor having a capacity of 213 liters.
Since the rear seats can be split folded to 60:40, the capacity is increased to as high as 562 liters, more than double the original. For sensitive items that need to be stored, there is a compartment under the floor storage of the boot.