Suzuki’s Swift range will soon have the low emissions 1.3-litre DDiS model. Starting June 1, the Swift DDiS will be available in all 148 Suzuki dealerships. It is powered by a new 75PS 1.3-litre engine that has an emissions level of 109g/km and a combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. It’s estimated to have a driving range of over 500 miles.
The five-door version of the new Swift DDiS with SZ3 grade is priced at £12,890. It is equipped with the following as standard: seven airbags, 16 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning USB port, and heated electric door mirrors.
Suzuki improved the Euro 5 emissions turbo charged engine to be smoother and more responsive, with a maximum torque of 190Nm from 1,750rpm. As a result, the car can sprint from zero to 62mph in 12.7 seconds.
Fuel efficiency is boosted by 8% and its tailpipe emissions level is lower by 9% when compared to the 1.3-litre diesel engine that powered the previous Swift. The Swift DDiS has emissions of 109g/km, which means that it currently costs only £20 in yearly VED charges.
The Suzuki Swift has modest dimensions, improved handling, safety, and performance but at the same time, it offers fun driving while still being environmentally friendly.
The Swift range, which was launched last September, consists of the Dual VVT 1.2-litre petrol engine that has a starting price of £10,210 for the SZ2 three-door.
It can go as high as £13,525 for the SZ4 five-door with automatic transmission. The petrol engine with manual transmission has emissions of 116g/km, which means that it is one of the cleanest compact superminis currently available in the market.
When Suzuki decided to solidify its standing as the leading manufacturer of compact cars as well as being the top motorcycle brand in the world, it started what some would say as a radical modernization program. The goal was to advance new concepts and follow a new line of thinking in design that would define the new Suzuki models that would be released in the years to follow. The first result of this program was the Suzuki Swift.
Without a doubt, the Swift has a worldwide presence. In terms of development for example, the emphasis of its driving attributes and design was on ensuring it was able to meet the preferences and needs of customers in Europe. In terms of actual production, it was manufactured in a different facility located in Japan, China, India, and even Hungary. Thus when the program was first started, they knew that they had to set-up a base in Europe.
The purpose was two-fold with the first being that they wanted to understand how Europeans think and the second was to get inspiration from the immediate environment. It was also because of this that the chassis was both developed and honed using practical knowledge, mostly acquired through track testing and road testing across Europe. It is clear to see then why the Swift has an authentic international appeal in addition to having a design that is elegant, novel, and sporty.
The Swift does not follow the usual design as it utilizes the styling themes that were first displayed by the Concept-S and the Concept-S2. This also proves that the company is indeed serious in its plan to have its own interpretations even on already well-known market segments. In general, most manufacturers generally follow what is known as the 'one-box' uniformity. However for the Swift, the design team decided not to use the same concept and thus managed to come up with a functional design that had a unique bonnet.
That it has the dynamic appeal and an innate stability is highlighted by the broad-shouldered beltline that goes through and up to the tail lights. Helping emphasize these characteristics are the wheels that have been placed far at each of the corners, the bold sills, and the wide wheel arches. Its nose sports a strong curve and when combined with the mesh grille and the deep and wide spoiler with its square cut openings, it gives this vehicle an even more unique look.
Then there are the headlamp housings that stretch to its wings and thus display the same form as that of its tail lights. The A-pillar and B-pillar, both in black, have that wraparound glasshouse effect. Meanwhile the tailgate gives a unique form since in conjunction with the rear bumper, it results in the body’s lower portion having a solid look. Above this tailgate, the trailing edge of the roof has been fashioned to create a spoiler which not only enhances the vehicle’s aerodynamics but when compared to the traditional bolt-on spoiler, makes it lighter by 1 kilogram.