Manufactured for Europe at the Sagara plant in Japan.

This is the Euro-spec Suzuki Swift that's making its debut in Geneva as a virtually identical brother of the Japanese model. The company says its main goal was to create a global hatchback that is “undoubtedly Suzuki,” since the Swift is the brand’s most important vehicle with more than 5.4 million sales worldwide for 12 years, flying out of showrooms faster than any other Suzuki model.

There’s no denying the car retains some of the main design characteristics of its predecessor, including strong shoulders, blacked-out A-pillars, and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. However, it now has slightly different dimensions – it’s shorter, lower, and wider, and sits closer to the ground.

2017 Suzuki Swift
2017 Suzuki Swift
2017 Suzuki Swift

The position of the seats has also been lowered, which results in more headroom and added 23mm of vertical and lateral space for the rear seating positions. The car's new platform leaves only a small area left for the engine compartment, while the cabin and boot space is maximised. This is also the first Swift to feature a driver-orientated dashboard – the centre console has been turned five degrees towards the driver.

Suzuki will sell the hatch with two petrol engines. The smaller 1.0-litre Boosterjet has three cylinders and a turbocharger, and is good for 115hp and 125lb ft of torque available from 2,000 rpm through to 3,500 rpm (for manual transmission models). The 1.2-litre Dualjet unit has 90hp.

The new Swift benefits from a mild hybrid system, called SHVS by the carmaker. It’s a “compact and lightweight system” that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), acting as both a generator and starter motor. It’s belt-driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration, while generating electricity through regenerative braking. The hybrid technology will be available exclusively for the Boosterjet engine, helping it achieve CO2 emissions of only 97g/km.

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The 1.2-litre variants will also be optionally offered with an all-wheel drive system, first launched in the previous generation Swift. It’s a fully automatic and permanent four-wheel drive system, which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when the front ones lose traction.

Sales of the revamped Swift start this summer.

Source: Toyota

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