The driver-focused, honest-value and affordable second-generation Suzuki Swift is being replaced. Long live the all-new, driver-focused, honest-value and affordable 2018 Suzuki Swift!

The new Suzuki Swift has landed in South Africa after making waves abroad, winning awards such as the RJC Car of the Year in Japan, the Scottish Compact Car of the Year and being named a top three finalist of the World Urban Car of the Year.

Ticking the box for iconic design elements are a modern interpretation of the Swift’s bold vertical headlamps. Also present are the blacked-out front (A) and centre (B) pillars, which have been further accentuated with a blacked top-section on the rear (C) pillar to create the impression of a floating roof.

The new model’s shoulder line now runs from the front door handles to the front and rear lights, widening across the wheel arches on both ends to create muscular character lines over the fenders and wheels. At the rear, the line edges over the new rear lamps, while at the front it skirts the headlamps and touches the upper edges of the new polygonal grille.

Inside the cabin, Suzuki has retained the Swift’s “driver first” design philosophy, while further improving the quality and tactile feel of the cabin materials.

The driver-first philosophy is most evident in the new model’s D-shaped sporty steering wheel and redesigned front seats that offer firmer support for less fatigue on long journeys, especially for the upper body and shoulders.

In addition, Suzuki has angled the centre console towards the driver and fitted the speedometer and rev counter in separate housings to accentuate the vehicle’s nature as a driver’s car. On the GL-specification level, Suzuki has added chrome accents and a chronograph-design to the driving cluster.

All versions of the new Suzuki Swift are equipped with air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, power steering and remote central locking. All models also have a tilt-adjustable steering column, a detailed information display that includes information such as fuel consumption and range, and a security alarm and immobiliser.

The K12M four-cylinder engine is equipped with a relatively high compression ratio of 11:1, which in turn improves the engine performance and combustion efficiency, for lower fuel consumption. The engine delivers 61 kW at 6 000 rpm and 113 Nm at 4 200 rpm.

The new Swift’s fuel consumption is rated at 4.9 litres per 100 km in a combined cycle, giving it a real-world range of over 750 km on its 37-litre tank.


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