Suzuki unveils completely redesigned 2017 Swift for the Japanese market

Article by Christian A., on December 29, 2016

After being spied on throughout 2016, the next generation of the Suzuki Swift has finally been unveiled officially in Japan. Well, how the Suzuki’s flagship compact car (supermini) would look like has been known for months now – its new exterior design doesn’t surprise anyone.

So, the official reveal of the 2017 Suzuki Swift is more like a formality. But of course, details weren’t known before the official unveiling, and that is why many people are still looking forward to the formal launch of the next generation of the Swift.

However, the Swift supermini that Suzuki revealed is a Japanese version. This means that its specs are intended for the Japanese market, and what has been revealed could be much different – save from the exterior -- from those that will be sold in other markets around the world.

As indicated, the newly revealed next-gen Suzuki Swift is made for the Japanese market with its global versions due for unveiling at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. The Japanese carmaker is expected to commence sales of its flagship supermini soon after its Geneva Motor Show reveal.

Exterior Design

Compared to the previous Suzuki Swift, the newest generation looks more cunning and yet more adorable. It features completely redesigned headlight units whose styling departs decisively from the previous generation Swift.

Another element design element that was changed is the grill. Compared to the grill on the 2016 Swift, the one on the 2017 Swift is larger and comes with horizontal slats. Suzuki’s logo is mounted centrally on the black grill.

The front fascia has also been redesigned, with two large air vents integrated on the sides of the front bumper. Likewise, the rear end of the next generation Swift received a complete redesign, especially with regards to its taillights. As indicated by the released images, the Swift features a tailgate that is practically easy to open and access.

Powertrain

Available for sale starting January 4, 2017 in Japan, the new Suzuki Swift will be offered in six different trim levels -- RSt, Hybrid RS, RS, Hybrid ML, XL, and XG. The assortment and availability of engines, transmissions and drive systems will depend on the trim level picked by the customer.

Still available is Suzuki’s 1.2-liter DualJet engine with high thermal efficiency, while a new powerplant has been added – the 1.0-liter BoosterJet direct-injection turbo engine. The latter will be the core of the 2017 Suzuki Swift RS, and will be paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

All versions of the new Suzuki Swift – except for the XG – could be fitted with the optional “Safety Package” which includes the so-called Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) collision-mitigating system and the adaptive cruise control (ACC) system. DSBS employs a camera, laser sensor and high beam assist to detect the surroundings and accordingly the switches between high and low beam.

Press Release

Suzuki Launches the All-new Swift Compact Car in Japan

*All the features of the Swift mentioned in the following press release are of Japanese specifications.

Suzuki Motor Corporation announced today that the all-new Swift compact car will go on sale in Japan on 4 January, 2017.

The Swift is Suzuki’s flagship compact car sold more than 5.3 million units worldwide since its launch in 2004* as a world strategic model. It features distinctive and sporty styling, and both superb driving performance and low-fuel consumption achieved through an excellent handling inherited and further enhanced from its predecessor, the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild hybrid system, a fuel efficient 1.2-litre DUALJET engine with high thermal efficiency, and light and rigid new-generation platform “HEARTECT”.
The RS variant adopts the 1.0L BOOSTERJET direct-injection turbo engine (run on unleaded regular petrol) and a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT), to achieve both driving performance with powerful acceleration feel and excellent fuel efficiency.
And the optional “Safety Package” offered for all variants except XG includes for the first time in Suzuki models, the Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) collision-mitigating system that features a monocular camera and laser sensor and high beam assist that automatically switches high and low beam according to the vehicle’s surroundings. And one of the other features in the package is adaptive cruise control (ACC) system which maintains a certain distance to the vehicle in front. Fulfilling safety equipment and driving support functions through such equipment, the Swift has been largely evolved in all aspects.

The all-new Swift, Suzuki’s global flagship compact car with innovative styling and high driving performance, will also be introduced to markets other than Japan. The model for overseas markets, designed to suit global demands, will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

*Cumulative worldwide sales of the end of November 2016 (based on Suzuki’s internal research).

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