While the model has already been revealed elsewhere, at the Geneva Motor Show we got the first occasion to catch a glimpse in the metal of the European flavor of the well-known small Japanese urban car.
The Euro-spec Suzuki Swift will be manufactured for the Old Continent at the Sagara plant in Japan and it’s of course virtually a twin brother to the Japanese version. The company actually emphasizes this trait, as they created the new Swift as a global model that will remain a hatchback “undoubtedly Suzuki,” since well the model is the one their fortunes literally depend upon. All in all, they sold it in 5.4 million examples over the course of 12 years, more than any other Suzuki model. The all-new generation is decidedly a Swift – with broad C-pillar, blacked-out A-pillars, and vertically arranged front and rear lamps. But it comes now as shorter, lower, and wider, and has also dropped the ground clearance a bit.
Inside, there’s now more headroom and another 23 millimeters of vertical and lateral space for the rear seats. Thanks to the new platform, the engine compartment has shrunk and the dashboard has been turned five degrees towards the driver. In Europe, Suzuki will offer the Swift with two petrol engines. The smallish 1.0-liter Boosterjet has three cylinders and a turbocharger, and comes with 115 horsepower (86 kilowatts) and 125 pound-feet (170 Newton meters) of torque – while the base is represented by the 1.2-liter Dualjet unit with 90 hp (66 kW).