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2015 Suzuki Swift

2015 Suzuki Swift Updates

By Franky Johnson

Suzuki Auto South Africa has announced a series of updates to its popular Suzuki Swift 1.2 and DZire models. The changes include revised exterior styling, as well as improvements to the interior execution.

At the same time, improvements to the engine management system have allowed an improvement in efficiency, with reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 exhaust emissions the direct result.

Externally, the updated Swift 1.2 and DZire feature a new grille and front bumper design, while the DZire is also fitted with a redesigned front headlight cluster, and a revised rear bumper. Full-sized wheel covers are standard, too, while a new range of exterior colours are offered on both models.

Inside, all GL models now gain Bluetooth connectivity as standard, while the rear bench seat of the Swift 1.2 is now split 60:40 for improved versatility. The DZire’s cockpit features a smarter, black-hued cloth upholstery.

For budget-conscious motorists, the improved efficiency and reduced fuel consumption of the Swift 1.2 and DZire models will be particularly good news.

As before, both models are powered by a 1,2-litre four-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 62 kW at 6 000 r/min, and a torque peak of 115 Nm at 4 000 r/min.

In the case of the Swift 1.2, however, the combined-cycle fuel consumption has been reduced from 5,7 litres/100 km to 5,3 litres/100 km for the manual transmission model – an improvement of 7,1 percent.

The automatic version now achieves a consumption figure of 5,8 litres/100 km, compared to the 6,3 litres/100 km of the previous version, which represents an improvement of 7,9 percent.

The DZire shows similar gains, with the manual model’s consumption also dropping from 5,7 litres/100 km to 5,2 litres/100 km (a 7,1 percent improvement), while the auto version’s 5,9 litres/100 km is also significantly more frugal than the previous version’s 6,3 litres/100 km, with an improvement of 6,8 percent.

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