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Suzuki‘s brand new Swift has landed in Australia and Private Fleet will be able to provide reviews of two members in the range in July. Here’s a look at what’s now available.

There will be a four model range: GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator with Safety Pack and the top of the range GLX. There will be two engines available with the GLX receiving a 1.0 litre direct injection turbo and the other three a 1.2L DualJet multipoint injection powerplant. Power for the former is 82 kilowatts with the 1.2L rated as 66 kW. Importantly, torque for the three potter turbo is 160 Nm between 1500 and 4000 rpm, with the 1.2L receiving a peak figure of 120 torques at 4400 rpm.The entry level GL will power down via a five speed manual, the Navigators will use a CVT, and the GLX Turbo is fitted with a six speed auto. There’s currently no word yet of a Swift Sports model. Economy, unsurprsisingly, is frugal. The GL is rated at 4.6L/100 kilometres, the GL Navigator twins at 4.8L/100 km, and the GLX is 5.1L/100 km (combined cycle). The variances come from the weights, at 870 kg, 900 kg, and 915 kg (kerb weights).

Pricing is sharp: the GL will kick off at $15990, the Navigators will be $17990 and $18990, and the top of the range GLX is $22990. The GL will roll on 15 inch steel wheels, the others will be on 16 inch alloys and the GLX will have polished alloys to boot.Feature wise all but the GL will receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, Cruise and Adaptive Cruise Control for the GL and GL Navigator & GL Navigator Safety Pack and GLX, plus the Navigator duo and GLX get satnav (hence the Navigator name). The difference in safety between the two Navigators is simple but marked. All cars will get teh standard electronic aids plus airbags, however the Safety Pack adds in Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Weaving Alert plus the non Safety Pack Swift gets Hill Hold Control as well.The exterior has been completely refreshed and strengthens the family look with the bigger Baleno. In profile there’s some carry over with the window line, but it’s the flanks, headlight and taillight design, grille, and rear pillar that mark the difference. The headlights are more angular and sweep into the front guards plus the GLX lamps are LED. The Navigators have conventional halogens and LED driving lights are fitted to the bumper. At the rear the GLX is distinguishable from the GL range by virtue of having LED brake and tail lights and have a distinctive C shape.Size wise the newly redesigned chassis is thirty kilos lighter and the new Swift is shorter, has a longer wheelbase, and sits lower overall, with the seating positions also lowered. There’s no compromise though in regards to overall space, with the cargo area up 32L to 242L. The redesign covers the interior as well, with a D shaped tiller, restyled dash and console, a better look and feel to the plastics, and a more ergonomic look throughout.
Outside there’s an improved colour palette, with Burning Red Pearl Metallic and Speedy Blue Metallic being added to the existing Super Black Pearl/Mineral Grey & Black Roof/Premium Silver Metallic/Pure White Pearl options. The new 2017 Suzuki Swift range is available for oredr and test drives now at your local Suzuki dealership. Head to Suzuki Australia for information and to book a drive.

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