Currently reading: Suzuki reveals pricing for mild-hybrid Swift Sport, Vitara and S-Cross
Hatchback and crossovers gain 48V system with turbo petrol engine, boosting claimed efficiency by 17%
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1 June 2020

Suzuki has priced up its new, 48V mild-hybrid variants of the Vitara, S-Cross and Swift Sport, available to order now with dealers reopening in England. 

The two crossover models are priced from £21,749 for the Vitara and £20,749 for the S-Cross. The Swift Sport is priced from £21,570, although all three are being offered from launch with 0% PCP deals.

That is now the only powertrain option available on Suzuki's hatchback, with the brand seeking to meet upcoming emissions regulations. It uses a 48V set-up alongside a reworked version of the outgoing car's 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.

The new powertrain generates 127bhp, down 11bhp on the outgoing model, although torque increases by 3lb ft to 173lb ft. The result is a quoted 0-62mph time that reduces by a second to 9.1sec, although the Swift Sport claims the same 130mph top speed as before. 

The mild-hybrid system helps to generate a higher level of torque lower in the rev range, it is claimed. Efficiency increases are promised, and although the 50.1mpg quoted is little different to the outgoing car, that was measured under the older, less realistic NEDC economy test cycle. 

The 48V system brings features such as an integrated starter-generator, which can power components in the car and operate as a starter motor to assist the petrol engine during initial acceleration. It can also idle the engine below 50mph using electric power from the motor. 

The system puts out the same power and torque figures as the Swift Sport in the Vitara and S-Cross. The former promises a 0-62mph time of 9.5sec – the same as the non-hybrid – but WLTP-measured fuel economy rises from 43.1mpg to 49.7mpg. CO2 emissions also fall from 146g/km to 128g/km. 

Oddly, the S-Cross hybrid's 9.5sec 0-62mph is 0.7sec quicker than the non-hybrid. It also improves WLTP fuel consumption from 40.6mpg to 50.1mpg and emits 127g/km of CO2 - a substantial 30g/km improvement. 

A Suzuki spokesman told Autocar earlier this year: “It’s not about out-and-out power any more. We’re trying to make 48V work at a more efficient pace lower down the rev range.

“The Swift Sport has never been a hot hatch. The Swift Sport is a car to have fun in at good speeds, but safely and without getting into trouble.”

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18 March 2020

It's now considerabiliy slower, has less power, is more expensive, heavier, more complicated .. but might save you £100 a year on petrol WOW!

How to ruin a great car, best buy old stock!

18 March 2020
xxxx wrote:

It's now considerabiliy slower, has less power, is more expensive, heavier, more complicated .. but might save you £100 a year on petrol WOW!

How to ruin a great car, best buy old stock!

Driven it have you ?

18 March 2020
typos1 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It's now considerabiliy slower, has less power, is more expensive, heavier, more complicated .. but might save you £100 a year on petrol WOW!

How to ruin a great car, best buy old stock!

Driven it have you ?

 

The obvious answer is NOPE. It's one of this places great unwashed, uneducated, ill informed, a plagiarist, without a decent thought to put into words. ANY excuse not to buy a car, past, present or future. Have a giggle looking at it's previous posts...once it found out BMW were German, BMW was off the "list"...claims to have one, model car does not cut the mustard. Just in case there is "old stock", where would xxxx buy?. Just another foolish line from a FOOL.

19 March 2020

I'm not sure you is the bigger twat

18 March 2020
xxxx wrote:

It's now considerabiliy slower, has less power, is more expensive, heavier, more complicated .. but might save you £100 a year on petrol WOW!

How to ruin a great car, best buy old stock!

 

Hark, I hear the FOOL spouting it's made up reason to mock this car and not to buy one, or the model before that, or, etc... To stupid to speak, doesn't understand the myriad reasons why such changes have been made, actually believes it is to save £100 petrol...based on what mileage, since you quote such a precise figure?... answer?...NOPE. FOOL, 

18 March 2020
xxxx wrote:

It's now considerabiliy slower, has less power, is more expensive, heavier, more complicated .. but might save you £100 a year on petrol WOW!

How to ruin a great car, best buy old stock!

 

Considerably, ah perhaps you have spelt it correctly...FOOL.

FM8

19 March 2020
You twat

1 June 2020

"Swift Sport has never been a hot hatch." This is almost as stupid as Subaru UK claiming that Subarus are not about high performance. Why do these importers try to destroy the brand they are trying to sell?

18 March 2020
Well it is slower, heavier and has worse emissions than the previous version that had 125 g/km but then the new one is wltp.

18 March 2020
2018 specs

Suzuki Swift Sport specification

Where Andalusia, Spain Price £17,999; On sale Now; Engine 4 cyls, 1373cc, turbocharged petrol; Power 138bhp @ 5500rpm; Torque 170lb ft @ 2500-3500rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 975kg; Top speed 130mph; 0-62mph 8.1sec; Fuel economy 50.4mpg; CO2 125g/km; Rivals VW Up GTI, Mini Cooper One, Ford Fiesta ST

Kind of shows the hybrid to be worse in every respect, it must be all down to wltp testing differences as in 2018 the emissions and economy was better. So the new more accurate testing regime is proving previous low polluters to need hybridisation to achieve similar figures to before.

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