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New Suzuki Swift

The new, third generation, Suzuki Swift goes on sale in the UK in the autumn, and as expected with any new model, it has lower emissions.

The all-new Swift is positioned as Suzuki’s latest world strategic model and has changes in styling, impact safety, driving performance, handling, improved fuel consumption and lower emissions.

A new 1.2-litre petrol engine incorporating Dual VVT (variable intake and exhaust valve timing) is used, 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 56.5 mpg for the manual transmission model, an improvement of 7.8 mpg over the previous 1.3-litre unit.

Emissions are also much lower; the new 1.2-litre engine with manual transmission produces just 116 g/km on the combined cycle; representing a 24 g/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 109 g/km (down from 119 g/km) and has combined fuel consumption of 67.3 mpg, an improvement on the 62.8 mpg 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.

It will be available as a three and five door model and extensive use of higher strength steel makes the new bodyshell lighter and stiffer than before as well as offering improvements in underbody design. This latest body design has also helped improve impact safety for pedestrians as well as occupants.

Although it doesn’t look much different, the new Swift has grown slightly in length, by 90mm, with a 50mm increase in wheelbase. Increased track and larger diameter wheels with lower profile tyres result in improved handling.

Details on full UK specification and pricing will be announced later in the summer.

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