2011 Suzuki Swift released
2011 Suzuki Swift prices begin at $15,990* (MLP*)
7th February, 2011
Suzuki Australia has launched an all-new Swift light car,
promising class-leading fuel economy, safety and driving dynamics.
Almost every element of the car has been redesigned, with similar but evolutionary new looks, an
upgraded handling package, a new fuel efficient engine and class-leading safety.
“Suzuki revolutionised the market five years ago with the launch of the third generation of its
famous Swift nameplate,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers.
“It was the catalyst for Suzuki to launch its world strategy and has undoubtedly been one of the
automotive success stories of the past decade thanks to its outstanding combination of handling,
reliability and value for money.”
Named by Next Car's as a car that rang our 2010
the previous Suzuki Swift has been a winner of 63 car of the year awards in 19 countries.
The outgoing Swift model reached the magical one million sales mark faster than any car in the
company’s history and to date has sold nearly two million units.
Devers said Suzuki had made even higher levels of Swift performance and styling and combined them
with superior environmental performance to provide a light car perfectly suited for today.
“The all new Swift is the epitome of Suzuki’s philosophy that driving a compact car does not mean
having to settle for less.”
“The development team’s motto for the new Swift was simple - More Swift!”
“This motto encapsulated a development programme aimed at evolving the Swift for more economy,
more sportiness, more dynamism, more excellence, and more fun.”
Devers said the 2011 Swift Swift was unmistakably an evolution of its predecessor, and even better
in the ways that counted.
“It’s more fun to drive thanks to exhilarating, sporty handling more fun to look at thanks to a
sporty, modern design with added sophistication inside and out.”
“It’s an even clearer reflection of Suzuki’s desire to offer a sports compact that’s perfectly
suited to the lifestyles and demands of the times.”
Suzuki’s latest world model makes considerable developments in styling, impact safety, driving
performance, handling, improved fuel consumption and significantly lower emissions.
Extensive use of higher strength steel makes the new bodyshell lighter and stiffer than before as
well as offering refinement in underbody design. This latest 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 highly acclaimed outgoing Swift launched in 2005.
The interior design now has a more dynamic feel, featuring black as its keynote colour with accents
of silver throughout the car.
For even more space inside, Swift has grown slightly in length (+90mm) with a 50mm increase in
wheelbase and 10mm increase in height.
The new Suzuki Swift will be available in three different grades – GA, GL and GLX – all complete
with high levels of standard equipment.
2011 Suzuki Swift prices begin at $15,990* (MLP*)
The GA will come standard with the following features:
1.4-litre VVT engine
Seat-mounted side airbags
Side curtain airbags
Driver’s knee airbag
ESP stability control
ABS brakes with EBD and BA
Four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with USB port
Remote central locking
15-inch steel wheels
The GL adds:
Optional four-speed automatic transmission
Body-coloured door handles/side mirrors
Mirror-mounted side indicators
Leather steering wheel
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
The range-topping GLX comes complete with:
16-inch alloy wheels
Rear wheel disc brakes
Telescopically adjustable steering wheel
Keyless entry/start system
Climate control air conditioner
Front fog lamps
• Elegant exterior styling
• Sportier, more dynamic interior design packed with user-friendly functionality
The styling concept for the new Swift is “dynamic and energetic”.
The new Swift inherits a look in which a short, wide, compact body appears to be bursting with energy,
but it has evolved into a form with a more powerful emotional appeal and greater refinement.
The overall impression is of a toned, 'athletic' body that is elegantly clothed.
Viewed from the front; side or rear, 2011 Suzuki Swift is unmistakably new with unique curves that
give a sense of stability and with more emotional appeal than before; Suzuki’s design efforts are clearly
reflected in the rear of the body.
The new Swift now has a stronger and more distinctive presence with timeless looks that will continue
to appeal to owners over the long term.
Inside, Suzuki’s expertise in compact-car space efficiency is reflected in proportions that optimise
roominess and comfort.
However, the new Swift’s compact dimensions still leave plenty of space for rear passengers and their
luggage. The interior design also provides a sharp, energetic look and is in tune with the new Swift’s
Dynamic, sporty forms and exquisite craftsmanship contribute to a great driving experience.
A new black-and-silver interior design is adopted throughout the interior for a sportier, more refined
ambience. The instrument panel is distinguished by contrasts between a stylish black keytone colour and
sharp silver-coloured details. This design continues for the seats with refined-looking silver-coloured
details on bold, chic black fabric.
Suzuki developed new interior components with a focus on refinement in their look and feel. The newly
designed details are also packed with user-friendly functionality and the overall result is a stronger
sense of interior quality.
The new Suzuki range is powered by an all-new 1.4-litre engine offering an outstanding combination of
economy and performance.
Optimum fuel efficiency was a key driver for engineers and the all-new Swift will deliver the
outstanding figures of just 5.5 litres per 100 km and produce a mere 132 grammes of C02 per km. This low
emission level is difficult to beat.
That represents a 13 per cent improvement over the old engine and makes it easily the most economical
naturally aspirated engine in the class.
“Those figures make the new Swift more economical than recently released city cars with smaller
engines and puts Suzuki back on top of the class for light cars,” said Devers.
The all-new K14B engine produces 70 kilowatts of power and 130 Newton-metres of torque.
The undersquare design (73mm x 82mm bore x stroke) offers a longer stroke than the superseded M15A
engine and, in combination with Electronic Throttle Control, ensures better launch feel and overtaking
Suzuki engineers concentrated on weight reduction as part of the new engine development, and the new
K14B comes complete with a lightweight plastic cylinder head cover, lighter pistons and narrower
Other key features of the new engine include:
- An aluminium alloy cylinder head for low weight and excellent heat radiation
- A centre plug pentroof combustion chamber
- Variable valve timing
- Cross flow intake and exhaust layout, and
- Direct drive valve train for increased rigidity
Electronic throttle control – previously only available on the Swift Sport - will be standard across
the new Swift range, eliminating the mechanical link between the accelerator and the throttle body.
The computer controlled system ensures improved engine management control, superior fuel economy,
better launch feel and more refinement at idle.
The engine is matched to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The five-speed manual transmission has a new assist mechanism for reduced driver effort, while an
optimised shift-lever pattern further promotes smooth changes.
It also features a new mechanism to prevent accidental shifts from fifth gear to reverse, while a new
hydraulic release system in the clutch further aids smooth, effortless gearchanges.
A revised four-speed automatic transmission is also available with a revised straight shift pattern,
replacing the gated version of the old model. It also comes with a lock-up slip control, offering a wider
lock-up range for improved power and efficiency, while also suppressing torque converter slip at light
The all-new Swift automatic also features a hill-hold function to ensure fuss-free launches in hilly
Bore x stroke
73 x 82mm
78 x 78mm
70 kW @ 6,000 rpm
130 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
74 kW @ 6,000 rpm
133 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
5.5 L/100 km
6.3 L/100 km
• Newly developed steering system for crisper response
• Greater rigidity in front and rear suspension
• More enjoyable, confidence-inspiring braking
• New, smooth-shifting five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions
• A new evolution of a light, stiff body
The new Suzuki Swift gives an even stronger sense of agility and improved stability through its newly
refined wide-track, short-wheelbase, increased body and suspension rigidity as well as in greater roll
The handling reflects a newly evolved, more mature kind of sportiness and inspires even greater
confidence in the driver.
Specially designed low-play joints in the steering-column shaft provide a firmer, more linear steering
The electric power steering system also has a newly adopted variable-gear-ratio design; a relatively
quick ratio is adopted when the rack is near the centre point to make the car respond quickly at the
start of a turn, while a relatively slow ratio near the steering wheel’s turning limits reduces the
effort required for bigger turns.
As a result, the new Swift responds more faithfully to every steering input from the driver.
The front suspension utilises MacPherson struts/coil springs together with an enhanced stabiliser lay
out which combine to give better roll stiffness without any weight penalties.
The rear suspension utilises a torsion beam with coil springs, which incorporates an enhanced
inclination angle for the torsion-beam bushings.
This provides 50 per cent more lateral rigidity in the bush mountings which results in better toe
control. A new design structure torsion beam is now used which is lighter as well as providing greater
The GLX models come fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels as standard; complemented by new rear disc
brakes with aluminium-alloy callipers.
The GL and GA models with 15-inch steel wheels now have greater braking capacity than those of the
previous Swift thanks to an increase in disc thickness from 20mm to 22mm.
The Swift has been the basis of Suzuki’s dominance in the Junior World Rally Championship, with two
drivers’ championships and two manufacturers’ titles.
That success is based on Swift’s sporty handling, derived from its wide track and short wheelbase.
With the all new Swift, Suzuki drew on its leadership in small car design to realise even higher
driving dynamics and greater stability while staying true to the original philosophy.
Devers said the addition of an all-new platform, boasting a more rigid body and suspension
mountings and greater roll stiffness had lifted the Swift’s handling to new heights, inspiring even
greater confidence from the driver.
Extensive use of higher-strength steel makes the new Swift’s body stiffer and lighter. The higher
body rigidity and a lower centre of gravity softens the suspension, without making the ride feel
unsteady. The overall result is a superior combination of stability and comfort.
Suzuki’s engineers paid particular attention to giving new Swift an even quieter ride and have
taken extensive measures against noise and vibration.
A car’s outside door mirrors are the main cause of wind noise. For the new Swift, Suzuki has
optimised the shape of the outside mirrors through extensive computer-aided simulations, detailed
wind-tunnel tests and investigations using a system for pinpointing sources of noise.
Suzuki took a multi-faceted approach, not only suppressing the level of wind noise but also
ensuring that the noise occurs as far as possible from the ears of occupants. The difference in the
cabin is unmistakable.
Increased body rigidity and increased rigidity in the joints between components are utilised to
suppress the generation and transmission of noise. The benefits are complemented by extensive engine,
transmission, clutch, suspension, and tyre revisions.
The 2011 Suzuki Swift has more comprehensive sound insulation than before with the use of
sound-absorbing silencers and other high-performance acoustic parts. Sealant around the cabin plays
a key part in keeping noise out and allows a comfortable and quiet environment for occupants.
• ESP®/seven airbags as standard equipment
To ensure high levels of driver confidence and control, the new Swift has an outstanding range
of safety technologies.
Standard active safety equipment includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic
braking-force distribution (EBD) with brake assist (BA).
Passive-safety features include a light, reinforced, energy-absorbing body in which front
crumple zones help to absorb impact energy and direct it away from the cabin in line with Suzuki’s
proprietary Total Effective Control Technology concept. Front seatbelts are also fitted with
pre-tensioners and force limiters.
Suzuki took a multifaceted approach to achieving higher levels of active safety. As a result,
every grade of the new Swift has an ESP®* (Electronic Stability Programme) for greater stability
and control on diverse road surfaces. In addition every model in the 2011 Suzuki Swift line-up
will come standard with seven airbags (front, side, curtain, and driver’s knee airbags).
“Suzuki’s no compromise approach to safety has earned it the maximum five-star safety rating
from ANCAP and Euro-NCAP,” said Devers.
Fuel consumption figures based on ADR 81/02 combined
ESP® is a registered trademark of Daimler AG
2011 Suzuki Swift manufacturer's list prices* (MLP*)
Swift GA Manual $15,990*
Swift GL Manual $16,690*
Swift GL Auto $18,390*
Swift GLX Manual $18,990*
Swift GLX Auto $20,690*
Optional premium/metallic paint $475 extra
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous
statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices,
fees and charges are subject to change without notice.