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New Suzuki Swift and DZire sedan out in the open


Following its official European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Suzuki has now detailed the sixth generation (fourth in Japan) Swift expected to arrive on local shores later this year.

Measuring 3 840 mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2 450 mm, height of 1 495 mm and width of 1 735 mm, the Swift shares its underpinnings with the Baleno and recently launched Ignis, yet comes in at 100 kg less than the outgoing model due to extensive use of lightweight materials.

Aside from being 10 mm shorter in length despite gaining 20 mm in wheelbase over the previous Swift, the newcomer also features Suzuki's latest styling language highlighted by a completely redesigned grille, new bumpers, LED headlights, blacked-out A-pillar and pillar mounted door-handles.

Inside, the interior has also been updated with a new touchscreen infotainment display, chrome and satin silver detailing, newly optimised front seats and a new steering wheel. Safety has also been upped with items such as High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control being available on certain models.

Available in three trim levels; SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5, motivation comes in the form of two petrol engines with the 1.2-litre Dualjet producing 66 kW and 120 Nm of torque, and the same 1.0-litre Boosterjet three-cylinder from Baleno making 82 kW and 170 Nm.

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on all models with a six-speed automatic optional on the 1.0 SZ5, and AllGrip all-wheel drive available only on the similar spec 1.2. A mild hybrid system, featuring an Integrated Starter Generator which acts as both a generator and starter motor, comes fitted on all SZ5 models.

Prices in the United Kingdom start at £10 999 (R188 754) for the 1.2 SZ3 and top out at £15 499 (R265 979) for the 1.2 SZ5 AllGrip, with the performance Sport model expected to debut at a later stage.

As for the DZire...

At the same time, Suzuki's Maruti's division in India has pulled back the covers from the DZire sedan, now without the Swift prefix. Tipping the scales at some 100 kg less than the outgoing model as well as being 20 mm longer, the DZire will reach local dealership floors on May 16th in a choice of four trim levels; LXi / LDi; VXi / VDi; ZXi / ZDi and ZXi+ / ZDi +.

Engine options mirror those from the Ignis and include a 1.2-litre petrol with 63 kW and 115 Nm, or a 1.3-litre turbodiesel with 55 kW and 190 Nm. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on all models with a five-speed automated manual optional on all bar the base LXi / LDi models.

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