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2011 Suzuki Swift – Click above for high-res image gallery

Suzuki has just dropped the first official photos of the new third generation Swift compact that goes on sale in Europe this Fall. The new hatch gets a slight smaller, but more powerful 1.2-liter inline-four that generates 93 horsepower thanks to variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust cams. The manual transmission model now has a rating of 47 miles per gallon (U.S.) on the EU combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 116 grams per kilometer. That's 6.5 mpg better than the outgoing model.

The new Swift spans an extra two inches between the axles and 3.5 inches overall. Even with that extra size, the Swift is still a whopping 9.5 inches shorter than the Ford Fiesta hatchback, but it splits the difference between the standard Mini Cooper and the Clubman. Unfortunately, at this point we know of no plans for Suzuki to offer the Swift in the American market. In fact if the surprisingly good Kizashi doesn't start gaining some traction in the market, the brand as a whole might not be around in the States for much longer.

[Source: Suzuki]
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Suzuki is pleased to announce the first images and preliminary information of the new, third generation Swift which goes on sale in the UK in the Autumn.

Suzuki held the world premiere line off ceremony today for mass production of the new car at its Magyar Suzuki Corporation production facility at Esztergom, in Hungary.

The all-new Swift is positioned as Suzuki's latest world strategic model and makes strong developments in styling, impact safety, driving performance, handling, improved fuel consumption and significantly lower emissions.

Extensive use of higher strength steel makes the new bodyshell lighter and stiffer than before as well as offering refinement in underbody design. This latest body design has also helped improve impact safety for pedestrians as well as occupants.

Increased track and larger diameter wheels with lower profile tyres allow for even better handling than the already highly acclaimed outgoing Swift that first went on sale in 2005.

The interior design now has a more dynamic feel, featuring black as its keynote colour with accents of silver throughout the car.

New Swift has grown slightly in length (+90mm) with a 50mm increase in wheelbase; full dimensions are as follows:
New Swift Previous Swift
Length 3,850mm 3,760mm
Width 1,695mm 1,690mm
Height 1,510mm 1,500mm
Wheelbase 2,430mm 2,380mm
Front Track 1,480mm (16-inch wheels) 1,470mm
Rear Track 1,485mm (16 inch wheels) 1,480mm

For the powertrain; a new 1.2-litre petrol engine incorporating Dual VVT (Variable intake and exhaust valve timing) is utilised which produces 94PS at 6,000rpm, slightly more than the outgoing 1.3-litre unit. Torque is also improved to 118Nm at 4,800rpm.

Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is now 56.5mpg for the manual transmission model, an improvement of 7.8mpg over the previous 1.3-litre unit.

Emissions are much lower as well; the new 1.2-litre engine with manual transmission produces just 116g/km on the combined cycle; representing a 24g/km or 17 per cent improvement over the 1.3. An optional automatic transmission will be available for the petrol engine from launch.

A 1.3-litre diesel engine will also become available and planned for UK introduction in early 2011; this engine emits 109g/km (down from 119g/km) and has an impressive combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg, an improvement on an already highly credible 62.8mpg from the outgoing Swift DDiS. This Euro 5 engine has more precise engine management than before with reduced levels of mechanical friction for smoother running and flexibility.

A further selection of images will be available later this month and details on full UK specification and pricing will be announced later in the summer.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      A little Swift history lesson, the first generation Swift was never sold in the states, at least as a Suzuki, the Chevy Sprint was a rebadged 1st gen Swift. The Geo Metro was NOT a rebadged mk. II Swift, Metros were built in Canada and were only offered with a 3 cyl. The Swift was built in Japan and only came with 4s, and then there was the GTi( later changed to GT due to VWoA claiming copyright infringement... oh, the irony!) with its DOHC 1.3L 4wheel disc brakes, all independant suspension, it became the darling of the automotive press and was Suzuki's high water mark in the states, until the Kizashi. the mk.III Swift debuted in 1995 as a rolling egg, with no GT version and was a virtual clone of the Metro. In fact, the mk.II was sold in other markets until 1999... this newer version is actually the 3 gen designed and built by Suzuki...
      • 4 Years Ago
      this needs a coupe asap
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's similar to the old design but it is a nice, subtle (but not unnoticeable) freshening. This would be a great addition to the US lineup, as the good SX4 is followed by the great Kizashi, which would then be followed by the amazing Swift.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see a lot of Kia Soul in there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Suzuki should have brought the current gen Swift to the U.S. market years ago (when it launched). Then it would have been relatively unique as only xA and xB owned that territory. If they bring it into the U.S. market next year it will only be one in a growing herd: xD, xB, Cube, Soul, Fit, Fiesta, Spark, Mazda2, iQ, 500 and fortwo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking. The missed the boat on the small car segment boom in North America, which is the exact segment that they excel in. Having an established Swift for a few years could have paved the road for the Kizashi. As it stands now, the Kizashi is a long-shot to succeed. Bad product strategy.

        But surely they do not care that much as they sell big volumes annually everywhere else in the world. Reality is that the Swift, as good a car as it is, probably would not have been very profitable here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and the "future cars" article that edmunds just posted has this to say about the swift :

      "This B-segment hatchback has been on sale for some time in Europe and Japan, but was considered too small for the U.S. The recent push toward smaller cars, however, has convinced Suzuki that the Swift can be successful in the U.S. When the next-generation model debuts next year, it's expected to make its way into Suzuki's American lineup. "


      • 4 Years Ago
      I like this new Swift. Why is it not here NOW? If Suzuki does not introduce a couple of additional fresh products to its US line-up soon (meaning THIS calendar year) then I think they are writing their own ticket out of the US market. When the (so-so performing, but tastefully styled) Forenza and Reno left the line-up here, Suzuki failed to adequately fill the void...and dealers watched sales slide. The Teletubby-circus-inspired SX4 proportions & body style will only appeal to so many folks. The Kizashi is good, but so are its competitors, and the other guys have a more successful advertising effect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will be a nice competitor to the Fiat 500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      47mpg? this has a great chance. tired of small cars with mediocre fuel economy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Suzuki sells a Swift in Canada. I think they refer to it as the Swift+. It's an Aveo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure this is coming to the states. They've said many times that they missed out with the last gen and that the new Swift would likely come and I'm pretty sure that has been discussed here. Maybe there should be better communication between the writers here because there's likely a post on this site that says the complete opposite of whats being reported in this post. And as already mentioned, I'm sure Suzuki and its new partner/owner would benefit from the additional NA sales so leaving is highly unlikely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im going to say it, it looks much to similar to the outgoing model, i don;t think most consumers will notice its a facelift.

      This might not be as relevant in America were you dont get the existing swift, but looking at those pictures i would barely notice this is actually a new car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like that it is not much different. I was very worried that Suzuki would screw up the design while trying to update it. I'm relieved that they seem to have used a light hand in the redesign.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't notice. And I'm a product designer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope Suzuki shoehorns the current 2.0L 150hp from the Sx4 in this New Swift supermini for the US...

        The New Swift Sport!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well I did notice the revised tail lights... other than that, the design looks dated now.
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