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2017 Suzuki Swift unveiled before motor show debut

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Japanese version of the Suzuki Swift has been revealed and European car will debut in Geneva.

The 2017 version of the Suzuki Swift has been unveiled in Japan and it will debut in European form at next year’s Geneva motor show, which takes place in March. The grand reveal followed several image leaks and offered the first official view of the complete new supermini.

The Japanese Suzuki website is already full of the engine range’s technical specifications and reveals that the new Swift’s line-up will include a Boosterjet turbo 1.0-litre petrol unit and a Dualjet 1.2-litre mild hybrid petrol engine. The 1.0-litre achieves 56.4mpg, according to Suzuki, whilst offering up to 110lb ft of torque and 99bhp at 5500rpm. The hybrid manages a claimed 77.4mpg with 87lb ft of torque and 88bhp.

Both of these engines are already being offered in the Suzuki Baleno, indicating that changes to the engine range for the British-spec car are unlikely. The 2017 model will also be available with both automatic and manual transmission and with either four- or two-wheel-drive.

The Japanese Swift for 2017 loses 10mm in length compared with the outgoing car, although there could be slight alterations for the European version. The new model’s wheelbase is 20mm longer, meanwhile, reaching 2,450mm, whilst the 1,695mm width is the same as the current model and the height is also unchanged.

Weight and capacity

The 2017 Suzuki Swift in Japanese form has 60/40 split-folding seats at the rear and the boot offers 265 litres of space when the rear seats are up, increasing to 579 litres when they are folded down. According to Suzuki, the new Swift weighs in at 970kg in its four-wheel-drive form, which is believed to be called the Allgrip version, and 910kg with two-wheel-drive. This makes it significantly lighter than the current car, although the British version will probably be a little heavier compared with the Japanese model.

The current Swift is available as both a three-door and a five-door car but the new model will only have the option of five doors. Suzuki has aimed to emulate the sleek look of three-door models, however, by concealing the rear door handles within the black C-pillar.

In Japan, the new Swift has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which can be accessed using the central touchscreen display. A colour display set amid the instrument dials displays a variety of information, including torque and power reserves and scores for fuel economy. Automatic emergency braking and LED headlights come as standard on the Japanese model and keyless entry, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control are available with some models. The UK versions’ specs may differ a little, however.

Pricing for the new Suzuki Swift

The 2017 Suzuki Swift should be available to buy from next summer and prices should be only a little above those for the current model. The starting price of the Japan-spec model, for example, starts at around £9,100, which is just £149 over the current UK car’s entry price.

The Swift has been produced in Japan by Suzuki since 2000, before which the name was used for the Suzuki Cultus in some markets. The Cultus replacement was called the Swift in Japan but was originally the Ignis in other markets.

The second-generation of the Swift made its debut at 2004’s Paris motor show and was launched globally in 2005 with a marketing campaign with star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in the leading role. Since then, the Suzuki Swift has performed far better than expected around the world and sales figures in Japan are double those which were originally forecast.

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