2017 Swift Revealed by Suzuki in Japan
Japanese Swift revealed ahead of its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Even though its styling won’t come as too much of a surprise to many thanks to a number of leaks ahead of its official release, the all-new Suzuki Swift has been unveiled in Japan prior to going on sale on January 4 2017.
The 2017 Swift is all-new from the ground up and based on the firm’s new ‘HEARTECT’ platform, which also underpins its recently launched Baleno.
As you can see from the official images (above and below), the all-new Swift builds upon its predecessors’ styling cues, but is much curvier than previous generations.
It’s also lighter – thanks to the new platform – with the slenderest Swift in the new range tipping the scales at just 910kg. Even the heaviest all-wheel-drive comes in at just 970kg.
The new Swift maintains the same width and height as the current model, but is 10mm shorter – despite boasting a wheelbase that’s 20mm longer. A prominent low-set grille; concealed rear door handles; and a masked C-pillar complete the look.
On the inside there’s a centrally-mounted touchscreen infotainment system that incorporates both Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Under the bonnet the 2017 Swift will be offered with a 67kW/118Nm 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine and a more powerful 74kW/149Nm 1.2-litre mild hybrid. According to leaked stats, the 1.0-litre Boosterjet (turbo-petrol) will average 5.0L/100km, while the new 1.2-litre mild-hybrid will return 3.7L/100km.
A faster sport version is also rumoured for later in 2017, which will boast a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and should reach 100km/h in less than 7.5sec.
Suzuki also says that it will offer more customisation options than ever before for the new Swift, with customers gaining the ability to alter the car’s interior and exterior.
We’ll have to wait and see what the Australia-bound Swift – which is due to be launched in the third-quarter of 2017 – is like when it’s launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March.