Suzuki Mzansi is hitting the high notes with its newly introduced Swift Sport, gaining turbocharged engines that promise an enticing driving experience.
Design-wise, the new model has been confirmed to be lower, wider and longer than its predecessor, featuring a larger and reverse-slanted front grille with honeycomb pattern, LED headlights with long light-bar type LED daytime running lights and a front splitter with carbon-fibre type patterning. New carbon fibre-patterned side underspoilers flow from the front splitter between the front and rear tyres that come in sporty 16inch wheels, with the rear benefiting from rear LED-taillamps and a larger roof spoiler. A rear splitter, in the same design and style as the underspoilers and front splitter round off the stylish design.
Interior styling gains a full array of upmarket equipment, including fully automatic climate control, speed-sensitive power steering, electrically foldable rear-view mirrors and all-round electric windows. The model also features Suzuki’s new 7” touch screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a reverse camera, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering mounted controls and cruise control. Safety is catred for by six airbags (two front, side and curtain airbags), electronic stability control (ESP) and ABS braking with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assistance (EBD. ISOFIX mounting points and child locks on the rear doors are also available as standard.
Besides being 90kg lighter than its predecessor, the new Suzuki Swift Sport also benefits from a newly developed 103kW/230Nm 1.4litre BOOSTERJET engine that delivers 3kW and 70Nm more than the 1.6litre engine it replaces. Power is sent through the front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual or the 6-speed auto transmission. The combination of the lighter and lower body structure allows the new engine to propel the Swift Sport from 0-100km/h in 8sec before clocking a top speed of 205km/h.
Says Venter: “The massive weight reduction, significant boost in power and the very impressive list of specifications and safety features show that we have not compromised on any aspect with the introduction of the Swift Sport.
“We recognise that this vehicle has been eagerly anticipated, and we know that the previous 1.6 litre Swift Sport left deep tracks. We do, however, think that the new Swift Sport is sharper, faster and better in every way and to all our customers on our waiting list, certainly worth the wait!”
Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 Turbo (MT): R315 900
Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 Turbo (AT): R335 900
The Swift Sport will be sold with a 4yr/60 000km service plan and a 5yr/200 000km vehicle warranty.