SWIFTLY EVOLVING: Suzuki's flagship compact car gets a facelift and the promise of new kit ahead of its on-sale date in Australia later this year.
SWIFTLY EVOLVING: Suzuki's flagship compact car gets a facelift and the promise of new kit ahead of its on-sale date in Australia later this year.

2017 Suzuki Swift revealed ahead of its Japan on-sale date

SUZUKI has revealed photos and details of its all-new Swift hatchback ahead of its Japanese on-sale date next week.

The Swift is Suzuki's flagship compact car, selling more than 5.3 million units worldwide since its 2004 launch, and has proved an enduringly popular choice for Australians.   

Latest available figures shows the Swift holds nearly a 10% share in the sub-$25,000 light car market here, with 7,748 sales up to the end of November.  

Currently priced from $15,990, it trails only the Hyundai Accent, Mazda2 and Toyota Yaris in the segment.  

The new Swift will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and we can expect to see the car on-sale in Australia later in 2017.  

Local specifications are as yet unknown, but the Japanese versions use a naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre DualJet four-cylinder, while an RS version employs a 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbo engine. Both are available in Japan with hybrid systems.  

Safety evolution over the outgoing models are key, with Suzuki saying a Dual Sensor Brake Support collision-mitigating system will be offered for the first time.  

Suzuki says the new car has "innovative styling and high driving performance," adding that the Swift has been "largely evolved in all aspects."  

Before we receive the new Swift in Australia, Suzuki is launching its Ignis small SUV here, which is expected over the next few weeks.  


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