Suzuki Malaysia Automobile has officially launched the third generation Suzuki Swift to our market. Coming in CBU from imported from Thailand, it is priced at RM77,888 and you can add up the bodykit for RM5,300. The CKD model will be available soon, as SMA only imported handy unit of the CBU car.
The new Suzuki Swift measures 3,850mm long, 1,695mm wide and 1,510mm tall while riding on a 2,430mm wheelbase. Compared to the current car, the new Suzuki Swift is 90mm longer in total while the wheelbase is up by 50mm. It is also 5mm wider while the height is retained. While the extended wheelbase has lend a greater interior volume, Autocar UK quoted a better legroom and the rear occupants can tuck their feet underneath the front seat. While headroom is at the premium, the seats offer a good thigh support. The boot space is slightly smaller than before at 210L.
The new Swift is powered by K14B 1,372cc offering 94bhp@6,000rpm of power while torque is 130Nm@4,000rpm. The engine is 100cc smaller than before, and the output is good deal less compared to the 101hp and 133Nm available previously. The transmission is a 4-speed automatic. Suzuki said the reduction in engine power is accompanied by weight reduction and thus results in no performance lost.
Suzuki Swift retained the architecture of the previous car with its McPherson strut up front and torsion beam rear suspension. Suzuki Swift is always known for its keen handling. The new one should be the same. Autocar UK quoted it as "handles tidily, strong grip, excellent body control and balance, strong brakes, unexpectedly pliant and relaxing rides" but slightly let down by the slightly disconnected steering and prone to cross-wind interruption.
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Here is the official Press release by Suzuki Malaysia
All-New Suzuki Swift : The New Leading Sports CompactKUALA LUMPUR, Thursday, 10 January 2013 - Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd (SMA), today introduced the fully imported All-New Swift 1.4L VVT, to the Malaysian market. The All-New Swift is the model with which Suzuki launched its world strategy. It is sold in more than 100 countries and regions. The All-New Swift comes with dynamic performance and sport styling that have earned accolades including 63 Car of The Year awards in 19 countries since its launched including Malaysia.
Now Suzuki has realized even higher levels of All-New Swift performance and styling and combined them with superior fuel economy and environmental performance to create a sports compact that's an ideal match for today's needs. The result is the All-New Swift: The new leading sports compact.
The all new Swift was officially launched by YBhg. Dato' Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, Chairman of Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn. Bhd. and Group Managing Director of DRB-HICOM Berhad in a press launch today. Also present at the ceremony was Mr Shuji Oishi, Chief Regional Officer, ASEAN, Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan, Dato' Abdul Harith Abdullah, Group Director, Automotive and Defence, DRB_HICOM Berhad and Mr. Keiichi Suzuki, Managing Director, Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd.
In his speech, Y Bhg. Dato' Abdul Harith Abdullah said, “ At the end of the day, what we really want is a car that brings delight to our life while fitting our values. Today, more than ever, that car is the All-New Suzuki Swift. It looks original and feels sporty. When it's time to make a great escape from ordinary, be Swift. With the agility and performance, environmental compatibility, own urban rhythm and being the new leading sports, the All New Suzuki Swift offers many reason for you to become a fan”.
Having made a name for itself as a specialist in compact cars, the All- New Swift's is unmistakably an evolution of its predecessor, and it's even better in the ways that count most: It's more fun to drive thanks to exhilarating and sporty handling. And it's more fun to look at thank to the sporty, modern design with added sophistication. It's an even clearer reflection of Suzuki's desire to offer a sports compact that's perfectly suited to the lifestyle and dimension of the times.
The motto for the All-New Swift development was simply “More Swift!”. This motto encapsulated a development programme aimed at evolving the All-New Swift for more sportiness in terms of performance and handling, more dynamism in terms of styling, more excellence in terms of fit and finish and more fun” said Shuji Oishi, Chief Regional Officer, ASEAN, Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan.
The All- New Swift's usher the Malaysian consumer in a new year with a new age of driving enjoyment in compact car. It's an inspiration not only to enjoy driving but also enjoy life to the fullest.