• Jun 23rd 2010 at 8:32AM
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2011 Suzuki Swift - Click above for image gallery

You know the old conundrum, "Fast car slow or slow car fast?" If you've never heard it before, it's a bit of automotive philosophy that asks on a given road, would you rather drive a Lamborghini Murcielago at five-tenths, or a 1982 Honda Prelude until the wheel-bearings shatter? And really, like the sound of one hand clapping, there is no answer. That said, the new 2011 Suzuki Swift is one slow car all of us would love to drive fast.

Check the stats: The wheelbase is nearly two-inches longer while the length has grown by almost 4 inches. The front and rear tracks are wider by a smidge -- seriously, a smidge -- 10mm front, 5mm rear. A 1.2-liter gas engine replaces the 1.3-liter from the previous Swift, but the new mill includes variable-valve technology, so while displacement is down, power is up -- 92 horsepower and 87 pound-feet of torque. True, that's barely enough oomph to get make it up the AMG staircase, but consider the Swift weighs half as much as most cars (the current car is just under one ton) and comes standard with a manual (automatic's an option). Sounds better now, no?

While the exterior hasn't changed much, the Swift's suit appears a bit more tailored. The big news is the interior which has borrowed some dressy, ritzed-up cues from its big brother Kizashi. Will the Swift come to our big-car loving shores? The answer is probably not, even though the Swift should get about 45 mpg and sticker under $10,000. However, Suzuki does need products, and there will be a 1.6-liter Swift Sport coming soon, so who knows?

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the old one better. Looks like they doubled the headlight size which is a practice that needs to go away. All this technology these days and we're still making headlights that cover half a fender.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A sensible Mini'esque box for less for half price of the Bavarian version (probably more reliable also!) I'd take two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the exact model every car company should have an entry in.

      Extremely cheap asking price and very decent MPG to start.

      Because knowing me, I'd get this, add $6,000 worth of options on it, because I would. I wouldn't buy a base Toyota or some crap, with a lot less mileage and a lot less add-ons, because it's a base.

      I love my SX4, and this kinda looks a bit more sporty compared to the slightly more utility look the SX4 has... Also this get's 20 better MPG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really wish we could find out whether American Suzuki Motor Corporation has the Swift in the cards for the U.S. or not. If they brought this to the U.S., I'd likely sell the Yaris and buy this. However, no one has spilled the beans yet. So much speculation, so little solid evidence. However, like Autoblog said: Suzuki needs vehicles in its lineup. And I think the Swift could be the next piece of the puzzle for the U.S. market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they do decide to ever bring it to the US, let's hope they do not bring the sedan. That is one ugly creature.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Getting it out there under 10K is a GREAT win for Suzuki. Car doesn't look half bad either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 2008 Suzuki Swift. I actually was expecting a completely full new design, but the first generation still looks FRESH next to the rest. This is not bad, but those huge headlights are kinda annoying. I actually like the interior and the tailights. Surely a sexy little car and stands out next to a Yaris and the rest of the competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Question is, can you play hockey with it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well I do not understand why people are dinging it for the large head light cluster. It does match with the rear assembly and that was probably the design cue. I expect that to save money and provide for adequate side marking is the reason why both assemblies are larger. The little side marker behind the front fender is probably jurisdiction related, I have seen those for many British cars and they are usually as small as possible. American cars tend to have them in front of the fender and incorporated into the front lights when possible.

      One area many cars have been dinged by various publications is insufficient lighting, to include weak head lamps. This might be over compensation but the last thing car makers want is for people to feel that they cannot be seen or see. Hence larger assemblies give the car presence at night regardless of the vehicles size.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks quite cheeky. Just like the Mini.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I keep saying I will be the first in line to get a Swift if it makes it here to the US. There is an AWD version available and that would be a huge stand out for a car this size.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats good and all, but can it still play ice hockey?

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