The Suzuki Swift 2018 compact hatchback arrived to South Africa. The model has always been a popular car in the country, so there are high hopes for this version as well. Andre Venter, the divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto South Africa, shared the enthusiasm, “The all-new Swift has big shoes to fill. It follows on two generations of our most popular model, which had sold over 19 000 units to date. In fact, the previous Swift was so popular that it reached its peak sales volume of 2 966 units in 2017, the last full year in which it was sold.” More than 6 million units were sold around the world.
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What is New?
The 2018 Swift has a fresh look and a new platform. When it comes to dimensions, it is 10 mm shorter, and 40 mm wider. The front track is widened by 40 mm, while the rear is 35 mm wider. The whole wheelbase is extended, making the new car nearly as long as the Suzuki Ciaz sedan. All of these dimension changes also mean that the interior is also increased, while the company says how the rear passengers have more headroom. Front passengers on the other hand benefit have more room for the shoulders. All passengers inside now sit a bit lower.
Over the decades, perhaps the biggest criticism when it comes to Suzuki Swift was the very limited and small capacity for luggage. On the Suzuki Swift 2018, the trunk space has been increased by 58 liters. It now stands at 268 liters. In addition, the seats now fold down in a 60 / 40 split. What is more, one of the biggest new benefits of the car’s new platform is the weight reduction, as the Japanese company claims that their new Swift 2018 is 95 kg lighter than the previous version of the model.
When power plants are concerned, the Swift 2018 is running on the same 1.2 – liter, 4 – cylinder petrol engine as the older car. The car also has a reputation of both the punch and fuel consumption, which fans quite like overall. On the paper, it produces 61 kW and 113 Nm, while the fuel consumption reads 4.9 L per 100 km. The capacity of the fuel tank is 37 liters. There is a choice of either a five-speed manual gearbox, or the Automated Manual Gearbox, AMT for short. The AMT behaves similarly to a manual gearbox, except the fact that the vehicle controls the operations of the clutch.
Inside of the new Suzuki Swift 2018, there is a sporty steering wheel, a driver-focused speedometer and rev counter, while the GL specific models feature additional chrome accents, as well as a chronograph design of the driving cluster. Each Swift 2018 comes with air conditioning as a part of the regular set of gear, front and rear electric windows, power steering and the remote central locking. The steering wheel is tilt-adjustable, and there is a trip computer present.
The GL models of the car feature an audio system along with the USB and Bluetooth connectivity, extra audio controls on the steering wheel, and electrically adjustable side mirrors. There are also color-coded side mirrors, a pair of front fog lamps, and a cover for the rear luggage. When safety is in question, all Swift 2018 models come with two airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX seat anchors.
Suzuki Swift 2018 Price in South Africa
The new model comes in six different colors and comes with a 5-year, 200 000 km mechanical warranty, and a service plan of 2 years and 30 000 km.
Swift 1.2 GA Manual starts at R159 900, Swift 1.2 GL Manual will be R175 900, and the Swift 1.2 GL AMT is R189 900.