MODEL: SWIFT HYBRID FACELIFT

Press kit: Swift Hybrid Facelift

GENERAL

A SWIFT FACELIFT FOR 2021

SUZUKI’S THIRD GENERATION COMPACT SUPERMINI

  • Third Generation Swift – on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland since June 2017 and now facelifted for 2021 model year with revised front-end styling, higher standard specification and even further emphasis on safety equipment levels across the range.
  • All models now fitted with Suzuki’s enhanced 12V Hybrid system.
  • Swift Sport 48V Hybrid with 1.4-litre K14D engine added earlier in 2020.
  • Available in SZ-L, SZ-T, SZ5 and SZ5 ALLGRIP grades.
  • New and high specification SZ-L grade becomes the volume selling model for the Swift range with six airbags, Radar Brake Support (automated emergency braking), Adaptive Cruise Control, LED headlights, air conditioning, DAB radio, privacy glass, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone link fitted as standard.
  • New K12D 1.2-litre Dualjet Hybrid four-cylinder engine offers CO2 emissions from just 111g/km (WLTP Regulation) and combined fuel consumption of up to 57.2mpg (WLTP).
  • Utilises Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 911kg for for 2WD manual models.
  • New Flame Orange Pearl Metallic with Super Black roof dual-tone colour introduced on SZ-T and SZ5, joining two other dual-tone colour options in the range
  • New CVT Gearbox available optionally for SZ-T and SZ5 with 2WD.
  • UK sales plan of more than 12,000 Swift units in Full Year 2021.
  • More than 745,000 sales across 119 Countries since introduction in 2017.
  • Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan.

 

INTRODUCTION

Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all new global compact supermini and it has now been facelifted for 2021 with an enhanced 1.2-litre engine and hybrid as standard as well as further standard equipment updates. The latest Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.

In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,845mm long, the Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The initial development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.

Aspects of Styling Innovation
Initial development of the 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 also boldly transformed in 2020 to innovatively evolve the car.

Enhanced carry-over elements include strong shoulders and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. Swift offers a more emotional appearance together with a muscular and well-grounded look and incorporates a new front grille and headlamp design for the facelift model.

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 and all models now have LED headlamps and rear combination lamps as standard equipment – previously for SZ5 models only.

 

SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

Standard equipment for all models in the range is even more comprehensive than before and the new SZ-L model includes air conditioning, rear view camera, Radar Brake Support with Adaptive Cruise Control, smartphone link for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, LED Headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, polished 16-inch alloy wheels and front electric windows. 

The SZ-T adds grey painted 16-inch alloy wheels, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Weaving Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and rear parking sensors.

SZ5 adds Navigation, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, keyless entry and start, telescopic steering wheel adjustment, rear electric windows and door mirror side turn indicators.

Swift is available in one solid colour and six optional metallic colours with three dual tone colours incorporating a Black Pearl roof also available optionally.

A full equipment and technical specification list is available at the end of this press pack.

Smarter packaging
During initial interior design, lowering the seating positions ensured sufficient head clearance  and added 23mm vertical and lateral space for the rear seating positions. The front 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 was the third model (following Baleno and Ignis) to adopt this platform and be introduced in Europe.

The Swift rests on the 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 at initial development 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 model 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 lightweight platform or underbody of Swift, registers a kerb weight of just 911kg for the SZ-L model.

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:                      3,845mm

Width:                       1,735mm

Height:                      1,495mm (2WD) 1,520mm (4WD)

Wheelbase:              2,450mm

Track: front/rear:      1,515-1,520mm / 1,520-1,525mm
                                  (dependent on grade/transmission)

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. 

 

INITIAL 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 separately 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.

 

K12D ENGINE TECHNOLOGY 

Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre Dualjet techonlogy (K12C) in 2014, initially in the Swift, and then utilised in the Baleno and Ignis models. This engine is now replaced by the new K12D Dualjet unit which offers greater fuel economy and even lower CO2 emissions. The maximum power output is 83PS with a torque figure of 107Nm at just 2,800rpm. Acceleration time to 62mph from 12.2 seconds. 

The updated K12D 1.2-litre engine powering the latest Swift features a new dual injection system and offers both powerful response and high fuel efficiency. This high-level balance is made possible through advances that include an electric intake VVT (variable valve timing), a variable displacement oil pump and electric piston cooling jets.

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’.

 

HYBRID TECHNOLOGY ACROSS THE RANGE

Enhanced hybrid system
Fuel efficiency is further enhanced when paired with the self-charging hybrid system powered by a new lithium-ion battery with capacity upgraded from 3Ah to 10Ah to improve energy recovery efficiency.

Available as standard equipment for all Swift models, the upgraded 12V Hybrid system is a compact and lightweight unit 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.  The ISG unit has a power output of 2.3kW with a torque figure of 50Nm and the components of the system add just 6.2kg to the overall weight of the car.

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.

For the Swift with 2WD and manual transmission the Hybrid system helps Suzuki reach a CO2 emissions figure of just 111g/km (WLTP regulation) plus achieve a fuel consumption figure of 57.2mpg (WLTP) on the combined cycle.

Swift Sport Hybrid with 48V system and new K14D Boosterjet engine was introduced earlier in 2020 and is currently the only self-charging warm hatch model amongst its competitors.

 

CVT GEARBOX

Suzuki’s CVT powertrain is available as an option on the facelifted Swift SZ-T and SZ5 models with 2WD, and is combined with the 1.2 Dualjet Hybrid powertrain. The CVT system can vary the actual gear ratio continuously and stepless from low-speed to high-speed range depending on the driving conditions. The CVT allows improved driveability with reduced shift-shock in comparison with a conventional automatic transmission.

This fully automatic electrically-controlled transaxle consists of a continuously speed variable transmission design with a two-stage planetary gear unit and 1-speed reverse gear. By employing a planetary gear unit, this enables the gear ratio ranges to be expanded to offer both good response during acceleration and quieter running at high speeds.

The torque converter is of a 3-element, 1-step and 2-phase type and is equipped with an automatically controlled lock-up mechanism. The gear change device offers seven step gear programmes and consists of a planetary gear unit, multiple disc type clutch, multiple disc type brake, steel belt, primary pulley and secondary pulley. Gear programmes can also be selected manually up or down via steering column mounted paddles.

 

FURTHER SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS

The Swift SZ-L active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system.  When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with an object in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.

If the probability of a collision has increased, the system activates brake assist which increases the braking force during emergency braking. If the system determines that a collision is unavoidable, it applies the brakes automatically. The system thus helps prevent collisions when the vehicle is driving at low speeds and helps reduce damage in the event of an unavoidable collision.

The RBS system monitors the road ahead by means of milliwave radar. The radar technology enables it to work even at high speeds, in darkness, and in rain or other bad weather. The system prevents or mitigates a collision by means of three functions which are Warning, Brake Assist and Automatic Braking.

 

ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC) SYSTEM

The ACC system fitted as standard on all facelift Swift models combines cruise control technology with the system’s milliwave radar to make driving easier and more relaxing. The system uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts road speed to maintain any of three driver selected headway distances.

If there is a sufficient distance from the vehicle ahead, the car travels at the set input speed. If the vehicle in front is travelling slower the set speed will automatically reduce to allow sufficient distance to be be maintained. Once the milliwave sensor detects that the vehicle in front has departed from the lane in front the vehicle will automatically reaccelerate to the input set speed.

 

SZ-T AND SZ5 MODELS

Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS)
The advanced forward detection system supports numerous safety technologies, chief among which is collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force. If the risk of a collision increases even more, the system applies full automatic braking in an effort to avoid the collision or reduce damage.

Lane departure warning / Lane departure prevention function
When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph and up to 100mph (where permitted) and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road. The driver will also notice an automatic input from the steering wheel at this time to ensure the car remains in its correct direction of travel.

Vehicle Weave Warning
When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is weaving from side to side within a lane, the system sounds a warning buzzer and lights an indicator on the instrument panel. This quickly draws the driver’s attention to weaving caused by drowsiness or other factors.

Blind Spot Monitor
Lane changing at speeds above 10mph is now made safer with the addition of the Blind Spot Monitor function. The system has two rear mounted side radar sensors that are capable of detecting vehicles located in or approaching the rear blind spots on either side of the vehicle. Once detected, a warning LED icon is illuminated in the relevant exterior mirror. If the driver ignores it and indicates to change lanes, a flashing LED icon is accompanied by a warning sound alert.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert
At speeds of up to 5mph whilst in reverse, two rear mounted radar sensors are utilised to alert the driver of approaching vehicles on either side when reversing out of car parking spaces. If a vehicle is detected, the driver is given both a visual alert and a warning sound alert. This enables the driver to manouevre more safely out of parking spaces where vision may be obscured.

Traffic Sign Recognition
Traffic sign recognition monitors the road ahead for traffic signs. When it detects road signs such as speed limits or no passing zones, it displays the sign on the instrument display to help the driver remember which road signs the car has passed. For additional traffic signs showing supplementary information, a blank box is displayed under the main traffic sign to inform the driver.

4WD (ALLGRIP AUTO)

The Swift Facelift adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ four-wheel drive system which is available optionally on the SZ5 model with manual transmission only. This is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling. It is also an ideal choice for customers living in rural areas who may need additional mobility across rougher terrain or for crossing slippery surfaces during winter months without owning a more conventional SUV sized vehicle.

The viscous coupling essentially takes on the role of a centre differential to connect the front and rear axles and is made up of two sets of annular metal plates which rotate in a casing containing a silicon type fluid. In normal operating conditions the plates will turn at the same rate but when wheel slippage occurs the silicon fluid will quickly become highly viscous when heated by increased friction and shear caused by differences between the movements of the plates.

In summary, one part of the viscous coupling is connected to the driving axle and one part to the driven axle. When the front wheels spin the centre viscous coupling locks due to friction and shear caused by the differences in motion of the plates which will then rapidly transfer more torque to the rear axle.

With lightweight components and available in combination with the 1.2 Dualjet Hybrid powertrain, Swift ALLGRIP Auto models have impressive fuel economy of 51.7 mpg and low CO2 emissions of just 123 g/km (both WLTP combined).

DISPLAY AUDIO SYSTEM WITH NAVIGATION AND SMARTPHONE CONNECTIVITY
The audio system for all Swift Facelift models has a smartphone link capability, with a large seven-inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation of selected apps with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink. SZ5 models also include navigation as standard, while for customers choosing SZ-L and SZ-T an SD card upgrade is available as a dealer option which enables built-in navigation.

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, safely accessing email, text messages and more.

ENDS

 

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GENERAL

A SWIFT FACELIFT FOR 2021

SUZUKI’S THIRD GENERATION COMPACT SUPERMINI

  • Third Generation Swift – on sale in the UK and Republic of Ireland since June 2017 and now facelifted for 2021 model year with revised front-end styling, higher standard specification and even further emphasis on safety equipment levels across the range.
  • All models now fitted with Suzuki’s enhanced 12V Hybrid system.
  • Swift Sport 48V Hybrid with 1.4-litre K14D engine added earlier in 2020.
  • Available in SZ-L, SZ-T, SZ5 and SZ5 ALLGRIP grades.
  • New and high specification SZ-L grade becomes the volume selling model for the Swift range with six airbags, Radar Brake Support (automated emergency braking), Adaptive Cruise Control, LED headlights, air conditioning, DAB radio, privacy glass, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone link fitted as standard.
  • New K12D 1.2-litre Dualjet Hybrid four-cylinder engine offers CO2 emissions from just 111g/km (WLTP Regulation) and combined fuel consumption of up to 57.2mpg (WLTP).
  • Utilises Suzuki’s ‘HEARTECT’ lightweight platform strategy – kerb weight of just 911kg for for 2WD manual models.
  • New Flame Orange Pearl Metallic with Super Black roof dual-tone colour introduced on SZ-T and SZ5, joining two other dual-tone colour options in the range
  • New CVT Gearbox available optionally for SZ-T and SZ5 with 2WD.
  • UK sales plan of more than 12,000 Swift units in Full Year 2021.
  • More than 745,000 sales across 119 Countries since introduction in 2017.
  • Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan.

 

INTRODUCTION

Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all new global compact supermini and it has now been facelifted for 2021 with an enhanced 1.2-litre engine and hybrid as standard as well as further standard equipment updates. The latest Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.

In addition to its stylish exterior design in a compact size of just 3,845mm long, the Swift  features excellent visibility, a spacious cabin and ample luggage space. The initial development goal was to create an all new hatchback styling that is undoubtedly Suzuki.

Aspects of Styling Innovation
Initial development of the 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 also boldly transformed in 2020 to innovatively evolve the car.

Enhanced carry-over elements include strong shoulders and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. Swift offers a more emotional appearance together with a muscular and well-grounded look and incorporates a new front grille and headlamp design for the facelift model.

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 and all models now have LED headlamps and rear combination lamps as standard equipment – previously for SZ5 models only.

 

SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

Standard equipment for all models in the range is even more comprehensive than before and the new SZ-L model includes air conditioning, rear view camera, Radar Brake Support with Adaptive Cruise Control, smartphone link for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, LED Headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, polished 16-inch alloy wheels and front electric windows. 

The SZ-T adds grey painted 16-inch alloy wheels, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Weaving Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and rear parking sensors.

SZ5 adds Navigation, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, keyless entry and start, telescopic steering wheel adjustment, rear electric windows and door mirror side turn indicators.

Swift is available in one solid colour and six optional metallic colours with three dual tone colours incorporating a Black Pearl roof also available optionally.

A full equipment and technical specification list is available at the end of this press pack.

Smarter packaging
During initial interior design, lowering the seating positions ensured sufficient head clearance  and added 23mm vertical and lateral space for the rear seating positions. The front 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 was the third model (following Baleno and Ignis) to adopt this platform and be introduced in Europe.

The Swift rests on the 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 at initial development 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 model 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 lightweight platform or underbody of Swift, registers a kerb weight of just 911kg for the SZ-L model.

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:                      3,845mm

Width:                       1,735mm

Height:                      1,495mm (2WD) 1,520mm (4WD)

Wheelbase:              2,450mm

Track: front/rear:      1,515-1,520mm / 1,520-1,525mm
                                  (dependent on grade/transmission)

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. 

 

INITIAL 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 separately 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.

 

K12D ENGINE TECHNOLOGY 

Suzuki first introduced its 1.2-litre Dualjet techonlogy (K12C) in 2014, initially in the Swift, and then utilised in the Baleno and Ignis models. This engine is now replaced by the new K12D Dualjet unit which offers greater fuel economy and even lower CO2 emissions. The maximum power output is 83PS with a torque figure of 107Nm at just 2,800rpm. Acceleration time to 62mph from 12.2 seconds. 

The updated K12D 1.2-litre engine powering the latest Swift features a new dual injection system and offers both powerful response and high fuel efficiency. This high-level balance is made possible through advances that include an electric intake VVT (variable valve timing), a variable displacement oil pump and electric piston cooling jets.

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’.

 

HYBRID TECHNOLOGY ACROSS THE RANGE

Enhanced hybrid system
Fuel efficiency is further enhanced when paired with the self-charging hybrid system powered by a new lithium-ion battery with capacity upgraded from 3Ah to 10Ah to improve energy recovery efficiency.

Available as standard equipment for all Swift models, the upgraded 12V Hybrid system is a compact and lightweight unit 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.  The ISG unit has a power output of 2.3kW with a torque figure of 50Nm and the components of the system add just 6.2kg to the overall weight of the car.

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.

For the Swift with 2WD and manual transmission the Hybrid system helps Suzuki reach a CO2 emissions figure of just 111g/km (WLTP regulation) plus achieve a fuel consumption figure of 57.2mpg (WLTP) on the combined cycle.

Swift Sport Hybrid with 48V system and new K14D Boosterjet engine was introduced earlier in 2020 and is currently the only self-charging warm hatch model amongst its competitors.

 

CVT GEARBOX

Suzuki’s CVT powertrain is available as an option on the facelifted Swift SZ-T and SZ5 models with 2WD, and is combined with the 1.2 Dualjet Hybrid powertrain. The CVT system can vary the actual gear ratio continuously and stepless from low-speed to high-speed range depending on the driving conditions. The CVT allows improved driveability with reduced shift-shock in comparison with a conventional automatic transmission.

This fully automatic electrically-controlled transaxle consists of a continuously speed variable transmission design with a two-stage planetary gear unit and 1-speed reverse gear. By employing a planetary gear unit, this enables the gear ratio ranges to be expanded to offer both good response during acceleration and quieter running at high speeds.

The torque converter is of a 3-element, 1-step and 2-phase type and is equipped with an automatically controlled lock-up mechanism. The gear change device offers seven step gear programmes and consists of a planetary gear unit, multiple disc type clutch, multiple disc type brake, steel belt, primary pulley and secondary pulley. Gear programmes can also be selected manually up or down via steering column mounted paddles.

 

FURTHER SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS

The Swift SZ-L active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system.  When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with an object in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.

If the probability of a collision has increased, the system activates brake assist which increases the braking force during emergency braking. If the system determines that a collision is unavoidable, it applies the brakes automatically. The system thus helps prevent collisions when the vehicle is driving at low speeds and helps reduce damage in the event of an unavoidable collision.

The RBS system monitors the road ahead by means of milliwave radar. The radar technology enables it to work even at high speeds, in darkness, and in rain or other bad weather. The system prevents or mitigates a collision by means of three functions which are Warning, Brake Assist and Automatic Braking.

 

ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC) SYSTEM

The ACC system fitted as standard on all facelift Swift models combines cruise control technology with the system’s milliwave radar to make driving easier and more relaxing. The system uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts road speed to maintain any of three driver selected headway distances.

If there is a sufficient distance from the vehicle ahead, the car travels at the set input speed. If the vehicle in front is travelling slower the set speed will automatically reduce to allow sufficient distance to be be maintained. Once the milliwave sensor detects that the vehicle in front has departed from the lane in front the vehicle will automatically reaccelerate to the input set speed.

 

SZ-T AND SZ5 MODELS

Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS)
The advanced forward detection system supports numerous safety technologies, chief among which is collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force. If the risk of a collision increases even more, the system applies full automatic braking in an effort to avoid the collision or reduce damage.

Lane departure warning / Lane departure prevention function
When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph and up to 100mph (where permitted) and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road. The driver will also notice an automatic input from the steering wheel at this time to ensure the car remains in its correct direction of travel.

Vehicle Weave Warning
When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is weaving from side to side within a lane, the system sounds a warning buzzer and lights an indicator on the instrument panel. This quickly draws the driver’s attention to weaving caused by drowsiness or other factors.

Blind Spot Monitor
Lane changing at speeds above 10mph is now made safer with the addition of the Blind Spot Monitor function. The system has two rear mounted side radar sensors that are capable of detecting vehicles located in or approaching the rear blind spots on either side of the vehicle. Once detected, a warning LED icon is illuminated in the relevant exterior mirror. If the driver ignores it and indicates to change lanes, a flashing LED icon is accompanied by a warning sound alert.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert
At speeds of up to 5mph whilst in reverse, two rear mounted radar sensors are utilised to alert the driver of approaching vehicles on either side when reversing out of car parking spaces. If a vehicle is detected, the driver is given both a visual alert and a warning sound alert. This enables the driver to manouevre more safely out of parking spaces where vision may be obscured.

Traffic Sign Recognition
Traffic sign recognition monitors the road ahead for traffic signs. When it detects road signs such as speed limits or no passing zones, it displays the sign on the instrument display to help the driver remember which road signs the car has passed. For additional traffic signs showing supplementary information, a blank box is displayed under the main traffic sign to inform the driver.

4WD (ALLGRIP AUTO)

The Swift Facelift adopts Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘AUTO’ four-wheel drive system which is available optionally on the SZ5 model with manual transmission only. This is a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive layout which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling. It is also an ideal choice for customers living in rural areas who may need additional mobility across rougher terrain or for crossing slippery surfaces during winter months without owning a more conventional SUV sized vehicle.

The viscous coupling essentially takes on the role of a centre differential to connect the front and rear axles and is made up of two sets of annular metal plates which rotate in a casing containing a silicon type fluid. In normal operating conditions the plates will turn at the same rate but when wheel slippage occurs the silicon fluid will quickly become highly viscous when heated by increased friction and shear caused by differences between the movements of the plates.

In summary, one part of the viscous coupling is connected to the driving axle and one part to the driven axle. When the front wheels spin the centre viscous coupling locks due to friction and shear caused by the differences in motion of the plates which will then rapidly transfer more torque to the rear axle.

With lightweight components and available in combination with the 1.2 Dualjet Hybrid powertrain, Swift ALLGRIP Auto models have impressive fuel economy of 51.7 mpg and low CO2 emissions of just 123 g/km (both WLTP combined).

DISPLAY AUDIO SYSTEM WITH NAVIGATION AND SMARTPHONE CONNECTIVITY
The audio system for all Swift Facelift models has a smartphone link capability, with a large seven-inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation of selected apps with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink. SZ5 models also include navigation as standard, while for customers choosing SZ-L and SZ-T an SD card upgrade is available as a dealer option which enables built-in navigation.

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, safely accessing email, text messages and more.

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Alun Parry
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E-mail: alun.parry@suzuki.co.uk

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Mobile: 07710 582227
E-mail: jessica.grimditch@suzuki.co.uk

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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.
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