Suzuki unveils all-new Swift; India launch early next year

Geneva: Japanese automobile major Suzuki Motor Corp unveiled the all-new version of its popular hatchback Swift which is slated to hit the Indian roads early next year.

The third generation Swift is based on the company’s new generation HEARTECT platform, which is light weight and rigid.

“We have introduced advanced technology such as our new generation HEARTECT platform, our SVHS mild hybrid drive train and a new protective safety system in the new Swift,” Kanji Saito, Executive General Manager and Managing Officer, Global Automotive Operations, Suzuki Motor Corporation, told reporters here.

He said the new Swift has even better fuel efficiency.”We achieved this by developing a completely new super light weight body that weighs only 840 kgs, which is 120 kg lighter than the current model,” Saito added.

He further said: “Since the launch of Swift in 2004 as our first global strategic model, the Swift has been our best seller with more than 5.4 million units delivered to customers so far.

Swift has been a runaway success in India with SMC’s arm Maruti Suzuki India having sold over 1.5 million units.

“The new Swift will be launched in in the spring of 2018,” MSI Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) R S Kalsi told PTI here.

The new Swift features Suzuki’s first use of an advanced forward detection system that combines a monocular camera and a laser sensor for advanced safety functions, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and high beam assist.

It also uses millimetre-wave radar to enable adaptive cruise control. The new Swift is 5 per cent more fuel-efficient than the existing version.