New 2017 Suzuki Swift has been revealed in Japanese form. European version will follow at the Geneva motor show in March
Jimi Beckwith
27 December 2016

The 2017 Suzuki Swift has been revealed in Japan, ahead of the European version's forthcoming debut at the Geneva motor show. 

There have been several leaked images of the new Swift already, but this is the first time we've officially seen Suzuki's new supermini in full. Suzuki's Japanese website also reveals full tech specs of the engine range. 

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It confirms that the engine line-up includes a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine and a 1.2-litre Dualjet mild hybrid petrol. The former claims 56.4mpg and produces 99bhp at 5500rpm, with a maximum of 110lb ft torque, while the hybrid manages 77.4mpg, 88bhp and 87lb ft. The new Swift will be available in both manual and automatic forms, and be offered with two- and four-wheel drive.

Both engines are already offered in the Baleno, so it’s very likely the engine range will remain unchanged on the UK-spec car.

At 3840mm long, the 2017 Swift is 10mm shorter than the outgoing model, although this could change slightly with the European version. The new car is exactly the same height as the current Swift, and has a wheelbase of 2450mm – 20mm longer than the current car. A width of 1695mm is retained.

The Japanese version of the new Swift has 60/40 split-folding rear seats, with a boot capacity of 265 litres with the rear seats in place, and 579 litres with the seats folded down.

Suzuki claims the 2017 Swift weighs 910kg in two-wheel drive form and 970kg in four-wheel drive (likely to be called Allgrip) form. This is a considerable reduction compared with the outgoing model, although the UK version is expected to be slighty heavier than the Japanese car.

Whereas the current Swift is available in both three- and five-door forms, the new 2017 model will be five-door only. It will, however, have the sleeker appearance of a three-door thanks to rear door handle concealed in the black C-pillar.

The Japanese 2017 Suzuki Swift is available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, accessible through the centrally mounted touchscreen infotainment display. In addition to this, a colour display between the instrument dials can display a multitude of functions, including power and torque reserves and fuel economy driving scores.

Other standard equipment includes LED headlights and automatic emergency braking, while adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and lane departure warning are available on some versions. The spec on UK versions may differ slightly. 

The Swift is due to go on sale in the summer of 2017, and prices are expected to be only slightly higher than those of the outgoing car. The Japan-spec car starts at roughly £9100, for example - only £149 more than the entry price of the current UK model. 

Our Verdict

Suzuki Swift
Suzuki's new Swift hatchback is available in both three- and five-door body styles

The new Suzuki Swift may not be as well finished or as spacious as some rivals, but its aggressive pricing makes it an attractive option

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27 December 2016

265 litres is a big improvement over the current 211 litres but Suzuki seem to persist in making cars with too small a bootspace. I wonder also if they will reshape the rear bumper for non Japanese markets (although it isn't a kei car) since the one shown looks pretty useless in protecting the hatch in a low speed shunt. A brighter/more colourful interior wouldn't come amiss either...

27 December 2016
Chris C wrote:

265 litres is a big improvement over the current 211 litres but Suzuki seem to persist in making cars with too small a bootspace... A brighter/more colourful interior wouldn't come amiss either...

Suzuki have split their range in two, one side being rational ( Celerio, Baleno ) and the other emotional ( Ignis, Vitara ). The Swift falls on the emotional side, so boot size wasn't a priority. I believe the Baleno has a 300l+ boot, and Suzuki dealers will be more than happy to sell you one if that's what you want.

Also, because it's one of the " emotional " ones, i'm pretty sure that there will be plenty of personalization options for the interior ( ie, colored bits of plastic ) like in the Ignis and Vitara.

That dash looks straight out of a Vitara actually.

 

 

27 December 2016
Chris C wrote:

265 litres is a big improvement over the current 211 litres but Suzuki seem to persist in making cars with too small a bootspace. I wonder also if they will reshape the rear bumper for non Japanese markets (although it isn't a kei car) since the one shown looks pretty useless in protecting the hatch in a low speed shunt. A brighter/more colourful interior wouldn't come amiss either...

Strongly agree. If they make me an SUV/Crossover about Sportage/CRV size with at least 450l+boot and keeping their core values of good value, high equipment, low weight, relatively clean and well engineered.... I am interested.

27 December 2016

1.0 turbo sounds a corker especially if it comes in at a similar price to the out going model, the back one looks like a cut down Vitara

 

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27 December 2016

910kg. for FWD, 970kr. for AWD. It means the 88bhp. 1,2 normally aspirated is going to have entirely adequate performance. It may even be - fun if the handling is chuck-able. This comes across as a very likable car - whichever engine. The turbo delivering a more relaxed drive for those preferring that versions I assume more relaxed vibe, against additional cost.

27 December 2016

Not bad at all.

28 December 2016

Looks very good quite an aggressive front, nice simple dashboard and also the option of four wheel drive,if I was picky I'd say the rear seats don't look that comfortable but all in all another great effort from the masters of the small car,looking forward to the Sport version that should be very special indeed.

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