We’ve only got a few peeks at the fourth-generation Swift after leaks of the Japan-spec car leaked online, followed-up with Suzuki relenting and publishing a juicy set of photos just prior to its European launch in March.
While we cannot confirm exact prices and trim levels, we can now confirm that the all-new hatch will be making its Aussie debut in June, where it’s expected to cross swords with familiar adversaries such as the Mazda2, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208, and Toyota Yaris.
To be sold under as a 2018 model year car, the Swift 4 is built on a new platform that’s lighter and stiffer than before and featuring a 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine to replace the older car’s naturally aspirated 1.4-litre. In other markets, that three-pot produces 75kW and 150Nm, though there’s a change that that may vary slightly when it arrives here.
Consequently, fuel economy should rise while emissions numbers decrease. Peak torque delivery for the buzzy turbo motor starts at a low 1,500rpm, and should make the car a lot quicker at low to medium speeds. A much anticipated Sport variant should see a more powerful tune of the same engine be slotted in, paired to a manual transmission instead of the typical car’s new six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
As is obvious to see, the new Swift doesn’t take a dramatic step in terms of design from the third-generation car, but rounds out the visuals with a more modern and aerodynamic interpretation. Naturally, it will feature some choice modern day equipment such as LED headlights, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, and autonomous emergency braking - though we suspect most of those will be tiered according to price.
Andrew Moore, Suzuki Australia Director Automobiles is convinced that the new Swift is a “game changer”, explaining: “Swift is Suzuki’s flagship compact car and has evolved in to a worldwide icon since its release. Careful consideration needs to be taken when introducing changes to any product that is already so highly regarded and I am one hundred-percent certain that the revival of Swift is something we should all be very, very excited about.”