MODEL: SWIFT/4X4

Press kit: Swift/4x4

GENERAL

SUZUKI’S THIRD GENERATION COMPACT SUPERMINI

  • Third Generation Swift – on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland since June 2017.
  • Available in SZ3, SZ-T and Limited-Edition Attitude grades.
  • All models now fitted with Suzuki’s Hybrid system.
  • 90PS 1.2-litre Hybrid four-cylinder Dualjet engine offers CO2 emissions of just 113g/km (WLTP Regulation) and combined fuel consumption of 56.4mpg. (WLTP)
  • Utilises Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 900kg for SZ3 grade.
  • Six airbags, Air conditioning, DAB Radio, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth fitted as standard on all Swift models.
  • SZ-T adds smartphone link display audio, rear view camera, front fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.
  • Limited Edition Attitude adds mesh front grille with chrome trim, rear upper spoiler and front, side and rear carbon effect skirts.
  • UK sales plan of more than 8,000 Swift units in 2020 – 60,000 for Europe.
  • More than 1.1 million sales in Europe since 2005, 160,000 in the UK. (March 2020)
  • Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan.

Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all new global compact supermini. The latest Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.

It carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. The result is exterior European flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind.

In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, the Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.

Smarter packaging
During interior design, lowering the seating positions ensured sufficient head clearance  and added 23mm vertical and lateral space for the rear seating positions. The fronts seats were  moved outwards by 10mm which increased the centre-on-centre distance between them by 20mm.

‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform
Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki  developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift is the third model (following Baleno and Ignis) to adopt this platform and be introduced in Europe. 

The Swift rests on the latest generation platform known as “HEARTECT” that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. A comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout resulted in the adoption of a highly rigid frame that enhances collision safety and has a continuous, smooth and curving form to help  disperse energy quicker.

This led to a reduction in reinforcements, making the body a lot lighter than the previous Swift, and greatly contributing to lower fuel consumption. Also, optimising the underbody together with the components that are attached to it as a unified whole rather than focusing on partial optimisation of individual components.

This platform or underbody of the Swift is 30kg lighter than before which has contributed to the car registering a kerb weight of just 890kg (SZ3 model), over 100kg lighter overall.

The bodyshell (Body in White) is also of lightweight construction and includes the use of Ultra High tensile steel (980Mpa) across 17 per cent of its structure and High tensile steel (789 MPa) across four per cent of its structure.

Key dimensions
Length: 3,840mm
Width: 1,735mm
Height: 1,495mm (2WD) 1,520mm (4WD)
Wheelbase: 2,450mm
Track: front/rear: 1,520 – 1,530mm/1,520 – 1,525mm
(Dependent on Grade / Tyre size)

Aspects of Styling Innovation
Development of the latest Swift’s exterior design was based on the concept of a “bold evolution of Swift’s DNA”. While resolute efforts were made so that Swift would inherit the model’s characteristic styling, elements that needed refreshing were boldly transformed to innovatively evolve the new car.

Enhanced carry-over elements include strong shoulders, blacked-out A-pillars and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. Swift now offers a more emotional appearance together with a muscular and well-grounded look. In development, the body was made shorter, lower and wider and a wide and aggressive front grille help to express strength.

The look of a low centre of gravity is further established by blacked-out pillars that create the appearance of a floating roof. Pillar-mounted door handles add both style and a sporty flair, while a high-tech look comes in the form of LED signature illumination used in the headlamps.

For the interior, the highly dimensional instrument panel highlights a sense of nimble speed, while sporty and sophisticated white accents and satin chrome throughout the cockpit work with a basic tone of black to create a high contrast interior space. The instrument cluster features either a colour or monochrome LCD in the centre, with a coolant temperature and fuel gauge incorporated within the two main gauges.

Other interior features include a centre console turned five degrees towards the driver, front seats with optimised shape and spring position with heightened side bolsters, new design steering wheel with ‘D’-shape section and an LED auto air conditioning panel (SZ5 models):

Capacity

Adopting Suzuki’s latest generation platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Within its compact body size, Swift features a roomy and comfortable cabin with ample space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom contributing to its relaxing environment. The luggage capacity with rear seats raised is 265L which is 25 per cent larger than the previous model.

Development of Swift - Put Through Its Paces in Europe
In order to suit the needs of European customers, Suzuki knew that simply designing and developing the new Swift in Japan would not be sufficient. So it turned to the roads of Europe, where teams of local evaluation drivers helped to hone the new car.

Testing of the chassis, which is the centrepiece of the Swift’s evolution, began in January 2016 in the United Kingdom and Germany. Covering a total of more than 6,000 miles, the teams tested as many as 90 different suspension prototypes in an effort to meet the need for optimum steering feel together with providing supple and agile suspension for British roads. This was combined with the demand for high-speed steering stability and riding comfort on winding German roads as well as the Autobahn. Damping force has been seperately tuned for both 2WD and ALLGRIP Auto equipped models.

Powertrains, including those featuring Suzuki’s hybrid system, were also put to the test, being subjected to freezing weather in Sweden and to high temperature and high altitude environments in southern Spain. Additionally, hill-climbing and descent attributes were tested on the challenging roads of the Swiss Alps.

Suspension
The Swift suspension utilises traditional MacPherson strut design at the front and beam axle at the rear and various upgrades were made during development. For example, the front stabiliser bar is shorter than the previous model and of hollow design and the subframe is of lighter construction. At the rear, redesigned components include a new shape crossmember and modified trailing arms to further enhance cornering stability. 

Specification Highlights

Standard equipment for all models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ3 model includes six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows.  

The SZ-T model adds rear view camera, Smartphone link display audio, 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps. Swift is available in one solid colour and six optional metallic colours.

In June 2020, further availability of its Special Edition Swift Attitude was announced which is Hybrid equipped and limited to just 350 cars. The Attitude is based on the popular SZ-T model and offers a unique exterior design from its numerous styling upgrades. Swift Attitude offers good affordability and low running costs and is one of the most powerful and economical cars amongst its direct competitors.

In addition to the comprehensive SZ-T standard specification which includes air conditioning, smartphone link display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, rear privacy glass and LED daytime running lights, Attitude adds mesh front grille with chrome trim, rear upper spoiler and front, side and rear carbon effect skirts.

With its unique to model styling upgrades and 1.2-litre Dualjet Hybrid engine, Attitude offers a sporting design and is ideal for younger buyers who may perhaps aspire to the 1.4-litre Sport Hybrid model in the future.

Attitude Hybrid is powered by Suzuki’s K12C 1.2-litre Dualjet four cylinder engine with an output of 90PS and is equipped with five speed manual transmission. It has a CO2 emissions figure of 121g/km (WLTP regulation) and WLTP Combined fuel consumption is 52.7 mpg.

Swift Attitude is available in Fervent Red as a solid colour and Pure White, Premium Silver, Super Black, Mineral Grey and Burning Red as metallic colours as a £485 cost option.

Engine technology - 1.2-litre Dualjet.
Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre (K12C) Dualjet technlogy in 2014, initially in the Swift, followed by Baleno in June 2016 and Ignis in February 2017. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s latest engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Utilising Dualjet design that positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture) which in turn provides a more effective transfer into the cylinder.  Internal modifications to the engine include the use of a new design inlet port and combustion chamber. Other mechanical parts are also modified to reduce frictional losses and facilitate smoother running.

The piston crowns have a slight bowl shape to achieve higher air turbulence inside the cylinder and the pistons incorporate cooling oil jets to help reduce internal temperatures.  Additionally, an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system is used which helps avoid abnormal combustion or ‘knocking’. The maximum power output is 90PS with a torque figure of 120Nm at 4,400rpm. Acceleration time to 62mph is 11.9 seconds.  

Hybrid.
Available as standard on all models, the Hybrid system is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor,  the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking.

Suzuki pioneered the compact and low cost 12V Hybrid system and it is ideally suited to its small cars such as Swift; the hybrid components add just 10kg to the overall kerb weight whilst reducing CO2 emissions by an average of 11 per cent.

The system also uses a compact high performance 12V lithium-ion battery placed under the front passenger seat to store energy and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Start Generator. The SHVS system only uses its conventional engine starter motor when first started from cold, under all other conditions it uses the ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts. The ISG unit has a power output of 2.3kW and a torque figure of 50Nm.

In situations that require higher fuel use, such as when starting from a standstill or accelerating, the hybrid system helps suppress fuel consumption by providing electric motor assist using electricity generated through regenerative braking. Because the ISG uses a belt drive rather than a conventional starter motor to restart the engine after an automatic engine stop it allows for a quiet and smooth start.

Furthermore, the light and long-life lithium-ion battery has excellent regenerative efficiency, which increases the frequency of engine assists. The battery also supplies power to electrical components for the engine, instruments and also the audio system.

Advanced Safety equipment

The Swift adopts Suzuki‘s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept that provides a high level of collision safety. Some of the features include collapsible structures that absorb impact energy in the event of a collision, a frame structure that effectively disperses impact energy, and rigid cabin structure.

Other safety features include ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), which helps ensure stability while driving, along with front, side and curtain airbags to protect occupants in the event of a collision from the front or side.

Display audio system with navigation and smartphone connectivity
The audio system for both SZ-T and Limited Edition Attitude models has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio (SLDA) with a large seven-inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation. As a dealer option, an SD card adds a three dimensional navigation map system.

Apple CarPlay is the smarter and safer way to use iPhone in the Swift. Apart from making calls it also facilitates receiving directions for optimised traffic conditions, listening to music, accessing email, text messages and more.

ENDS

Media contacts:

Alun Parry
Telephone: 01908 336760
Mobile: 07912 731407
E-mail: alun.parry@suzuki.co.uk

Jessica Grimditch
Telephone: 01908 336775
Mobile: 07710 582227
E-mail: jessica.grimditch@suzuki.co.uk

Web: media.suzuki.co.uk
Twitter: @SuzukiPress

Note to editors:

  • All Suzuki models are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, one year AA Suzuki Assistance, providing 24-hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services; and by a 6-year perforation warranty on Jimny and 12-years perforation warranty on all other Suzuki models.
  • On the road prices include VAT, delivery to dealer, number plates and First Registration Fee.
  • ESP® is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.

GENERAL

SUZUKI’S THIRD GENERATION COMPACT SUPERMINI

  • Third Generation Swift – on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland since June 2017.
  • Available in SZ3, SZ-T and Limited-Edition Attitude grades.
  • All models now fitted with Suzuki’s Hybrid system.
  • 90PS 1.2-litre Hybrid four-cylinder Dualjet engine offers CO2 emissions of just 113g/km (WLTP Regulation) and combined fuel consumption of 56.4mpg. (WLTP)
  • Utilises Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 900kg for SZ3 grade.
  • Six airbags, Air conditioning, DAB Radio, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and Bluetooth fitted as standard on all Swift models.
  • SZ-T adds smartphone link display audio, rear view camera, front fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.
  • Limited Edition Attitude adds mesh front grille with chrome trim, rear upper spoiler and front, side and rear carbon effect skirts.
  • UK sales plan of more than 8,000 Swift units in 2020 – 60,000 for Europe.
  • More than 1.1 million sales in Europe since 2005, 160,000 in the UK. (March 2020)
  • Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan.

Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all new global compact supermini. The latest Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.

It carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. The result is exterior European flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind.

In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,840mm long, the Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.

Smarter packaging
During interior design, lowering the seating positions ensured sufficient head clearance  and added 23mm vertical and lateral space for the rear seating positions. The fronts seats were  moved outwards by 10mm which increased the centre-on-centre distance between them by 20mm.

‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform
Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki  developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift is the third model (following Baleno and Ignis) to adopt this platform and be introduced in Europe. 

The Swift rests on the latest generation platform known as “HEARTECT” that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. A comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout resulted in the adoption of a highly rigid frame that enhances collision safety and has a continuous, smooth and curving form to help  disperse energy quicker.

This led to a reduction in reinforcements, making the body a lot lighter than the previous Swift, and greatly contributing to lower fuel consumption. Also, optimising the underbody together with the components that are attached to it as a unified whole rather than focusing on partial optimisation of individual components.

This platform or underbody of the Swift is 30kg lighter than before which has contributed to the car registering a kerb weight of just 890kg (SZ3 model), over 100kg lighter overall.

The bodyshell (Body in White) is also of lightweight construction and includes the use of Ultra High tensile steel (980Mpa) across 17 per cent of its structure and High tensile steel (789 MPa) across four per cent of its structure.

Key dimensions
Length: 3,840mm
Width: 1,735mm
Height: 1,495mm (2WD) 1,520mm (4WD)
Wheelbase: 2,450mm
Track: front/rear: 1,520 – 1,530mm/1,520 – 1,525mm
(Dependent on Grade / Tyre size)

Aspects of Styling Innovation
Development of the latest Swift’s exterior design was based on the concept of a “bold evolution of Swift’s DNA”. While resolute efforts were made so that Swift would inherit the model’s characteristic styling, elements that needed refreshing were boldly transformed to innovatively evolve the new car.

Enhanced carry-over elements include strong shoulders, blacked-out A-pillars and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. Swift now offers a more emotional appearance together with a muscular and well-grounded look. In development, the body was made shorter, lower and wider and a wide and aggressive front grille help to express strength.

The look of a low centre of gravity is further established by blacked-out pillars that create the appearance of a floating roof. Pillar-mounted door handles add both style and a sporty flair, while a high-tech look comes in the form of LED signature illumination used in the headlamps.

For the interior, the highly dimensional instrument panel highlights a sense of nimble speed, while sporty and sophisticated white accents and satin chrome throughout the cockpit work with a basic tone of black to create a high contrast interior space. The instrument cluster features either a colour or monochrome LCD in the centre, with a coolant temperature and fuel gauge incorporated within the two main gauges.

Other interior features include a centre console turned five degrees towards the driver, front seats with optimised shape and spring position with heightened side bolsters, new design steering wheel with ‘D’-shape section and an LED auto air conditioning panel (SZ5 models):

Capacity

Adopting Suzuki’s latest generation platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Within its compact body size, Swift features a roomy and comfortable cabin with ample space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom contributing to its relaxing environment. The luggage capacity with rear seats raised is 265L which is 25 per cent larger than the previous model.

Development of Swift - Put Through Its Paces in Europe
In order to suit the needs of European customers, Suzuki knew that simply designing and developing the new Swift in Japan would not be sufficient. So it turned to the roads of Europe, where teams of local evaluation drivers helped to hone the new car.

Testing of the chassis, which is the centrepiece of the Swift’s evolution, began in January 2016 in the United Kingdom and Germany. Covering a total of more than 6,000 miles, the teams tested as many as 90 different suspension prototypes in an effort to meet the need for optimum steering feel together with providing supple and agile suspension for British roads. This was combined with the demand for high-speed steering stability and riding comfort on winding German roads as well as the Autobahn. Damping force has been seperately tuned for both 2WD and ALLGRIP Auto equipped models.

Powertrains, including those featuring Suzuki’s hybrid system, were also put to the test, being subjected to freezing weather in Sweden and to high temperature and high altitude environments in southern Spain. Additionally, hill-climbing and descent attributes were tested on the challenging roads of the Swiss Alps.

Suspension
The Swift suspension utilises traditional MacPherson strut design at the front and beam axle at the rear and various upgrades were made during development. For example, the front stabiliser bar is shorter than the previous model and of hollow design and the subframe is of lighter construction. At the rear, redesigned components include a new shape crossmember and modified trailing arms to further enhance cornering stability. 

Specification Highlights

Standard equipment for all models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ3 model includes six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows.  

The SZ-T model adds rear view camera, Smartphone link display audio, 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps. Swift is available in one solid colour and six optional metallic colours.

In June 2020, further availability of its Special Edition Swift Attitude was announced which is Hybrid equipped and limited to just 350 cars. The Attitude is based on the popular SZ-T model and offers a unique exterior design from its numerous styling upgrades. Swift Attitude offers good affordability and low running costs and is one of the most powerful and economical cars amongst its direct competitors.

In addition to the comprehensive SZ-T standard specification which includes air conditioning, smartphone link display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, rear privacy glass and LED daytime running lights, Attitude adds mesh front grille with chrome trim, rear upper spoiler and front, side and rear carbon effect skirts.

With its unique to model styling upgrades and 1.2-litre Dualjet Hybrid engine, Attitude offers a sporting design and is ideal for younger buyers who may perhaps aspire to the 1.4-litre Sport Hybrid model in the future.

Attitude Hybrid is powered by Suzuki’s K12C 1.2-litre Dualjet four cylinder engine with an output of 90PS and is equipped with five speed manual transmission. It has a CO2 emissions figure of 121g/km (WLTP regulation) and WLTP Combined fuel consumption is 52.7 mpg.

Swift Attitude is available in Fervent Red as a solid colour and Pure White, Premium Silver, Super Black, Mineral Grey and Burning Red as metallic colours as a £485 cost option.

Engine technology - 1.2-litre Dualjet.
Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre (K12C) Dualjet technlogy in 2014, initially in the Swift, followed by Baleno in June 2016 and Ignis in February 2017. In summary, Dualjet incorporates Suzuki’s latest engine technology and uses twin fuel injectors for improved fuel economy. Utilising Dualjet design that positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture) which in turn provides a more effective transfer into the cylinder.  Internal modifications to the engine include the use of a new design inlet port and combustion chamber. Other mechanical parts are also modified to reduce frictional losses and facilitate smoother running.

The piston crowns have a slight bowl shape to achieve higher air turbulence inside the cylinder and the pistons incorporate cooling oil jets to help reduce internal temperatures.  Additionally, an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system is used which helps avoid abnormal combustion or ‘knocking’. The maximum power output is 90PS with a torque figure of 120Nm at 4,400rpm. Acceleration time to 62mph is 11.9 seconds.  

Hybrid.
Available as standard on all models, the Hybrid system is a compact and lightweight system that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor,  the ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking.

Suzuki pioneered the compact and low cost 12V Hybrid system and it is ideally suited to its small cars such as Swift; the hybrid components add just 10kg to the overall kerb weight whilst reducing CO2 emissions by an average of 11 per cent.

The system also uses a compact high performance 12V lithium-ion battery placed under the front passenger seat to store energy and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Start Generator. The SHVS system only uses its conventional engine starter motor when first started from cold, under all other conditions it uses the ISG unit to allow smooth and quiet engine restarts. The ISG unit has a power output of 2.3kW and a torque figure of 50Nm.

In situations that require higher fuel use, such as when starting from a standstill or accelerating, the hybrid system helps suppress fuel consumption by providing electric motor assist using electricity generated through regenerative braking. Because the ISG uses a belt drive rather than a conventional starter motor to restart the engine after an automatic engine stop it allows for a quiet and smooth start.

Furthermore, the light and long-life lithium-ion battery has excellent regenerative efficiency, which increases the frequency of engine assists. The battery also supplies power to electrical components for the engine, instruments and also the audio system.

Advanced Safety equipment

The Swift adopts Suzuki‘s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept that provides a high level of collision safety. Some of the features include collapsible structures that absorb impact energy in the event of a collision, a frame structure that effectively disperses impact energy, and rigid cabin structure.

Other safety features include ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), which helps ensure stability while driving, along with front, side and curtain airbags to protect occupants in the event of a collision from the front or side.

Display audio system with navigation and smartphone connectivity
The audio system for both SZ-T and Limited Edition Attitude models has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio (SLDA) with a large seven-inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation. As a dealer option, an SD card adds a three dimensional navigation map system.

Apple CarPlay is the smarter and safer way to use iPhone in the Swift. Apart from making calls it also facilitates receiving directions for optimised traffic conditions, listening to music, accessing email, text messages and more.

ENDS

Media contacts:

Alun Parry
Telephone: 01908 336760
Mobile: 07912 731407
E-mail: alun.parry@suzuki.co.uk

Jessica Grimditch
Telephone: 01908 336775
Mobile: 07710 582227
E-mail: jessica.grimditch@suzuki.co.uk

Web: media.suzuki.co.uk
Twitter: @SuzukiPress

Note to editors:

  • All Suzuki models are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, one year AA Suzuki Assistance, providing 24-hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services; and by a 6-year perforation warranty on Jimny and 12-years perforation warranty on all other Suzuki models.
  • On the road prices include VAT, delivery to dealer, number plates and First Registration Fee.
  • ESP® is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.

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