Suzuki Motor Corporation
unveiled a new Swift that will go on sale in Japan on January 4, 2017. However,
the car is likely to be introduced in India late 2017 and will be produced in at
the Suzuki Gujarat plant for India consumption as well as global exports. The
all new Swift is priced in Japan starts from Yen 1.3 million (Rs 7.75 lakh
approx.) for base petrol 2WD variant to Yen 1.9 million (Rs 11.21 lakh approx.)
for top-end hybrid 4WD variant.
Maruti Suzuki will be launching the compact
SUV Ignis in India first beginning January 2017 followed by the Baleno RS.
The Swift is Suzuki’s flagship
compact car and has sold more than 5.3 million units worldwide since its launch
The new Swift unveiled in Japan is radically different from the existing Swift both inside as well as outside. 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.
According to a Suzuki press release, 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.
The all-new Swift 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.
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