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10th June, 2010

Suzuki has revealed preliminary information of the new, European specification, third generation Swift which goes on sale later this year. This new model will also be launched in Australia before the year is over.*

Suzuki held the world premiere ceremony today (10th June, 2010) for mass production of the new car at its Magyar Suzuki Corporation production facility at Esztergom, in Hungary.

The all-new Swift is positioned as Suzukiís latest world strategic model and makes strong developments in styling, impact safety, driving performance, handling, improved fuel consumption and significantly lower emissions.

Extensive use of higher strength steel makes the new body shell lighter and stiffer than before, as well as offering refinement in underbody design. This latest body design has also helped improve impact safety for pedestrians as well as occupants.

Increased track and larger diameter wheels with lower profile tyres allow for even better handling than the already highly acclaimed outgoing Swift that first went on sale in 2005.

The interior design now has a more dynamic feel, featuring black as its keynote colour with accents of silver throughout the car.

New Swift has grown slightly in length (+90 mm) with a 50 mm increase in wheelbase; full dimensions are as follows:

New Swift Previous Swift
Length 3,850 mm 3,760 mm
Width 1,695 mm 1,690 mm
Height 1,510 mm 1,500 mm
Wheelbase 2,430 mm 2,380 mm
Front Track 1,480 mm (16-inch wheels) 1,470 mm
Rear Track 1,485 mm (16 inch wheels) 1,480 mm

For the powertrain; a new 1.2-litre petrol engine incorporating Dual VVT (Variable intake and exhaust valve timing) is utilised which produces 94 PS at 6,000 rpm, slightly more than the outgoing 1.3-litre unit. Torque is also improved to 118 Nm at 4,800rpm.

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Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is now 56.5 mpg for the manual transmission model, an improvement of 7.8mpg over the previous 1.3-litre unit.

Emissions are much lower as well; the new 1.2-litre engine with manual transmission produces just 116 g/km on the combined cycle; representing a 24 g/km or 17 per cent improvement over the 1.3. An optional automatic transmission will be available for the petrol engine from launch.

A 1.3-litre diesel engine will also become available and planned for European markets with an introduction in early 2011; this engine emits 109 g/km (down from 119 g/km) and has an impressive combined fuel consumption of 67.3 mpg, an improvement on an already highly credible 62.8 mpg from the outgoing Swift DDiS. This Euro 5 engine has more precise engine management than before with reduced levels of mechanical friction for smoother running and flexibility.

Next Car will have additional images available later this month, so stay tuned. Australian specifications and prices will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

* CORRECTION: 11th June, 2011 ..... previously anticipated for a late 2010 release in Australia, Suzuki Australia has revised the local release date to the first half in 2011.


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