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Suzuki announces new Swift
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A new Suzuki Swift is coming. At the roll-out ceremony for the new car at Suzuki's Hungary plant where the first of the new Swifts will go into production before European sales open in Autumn this year. At first glance the car looks no different at all before you spot the Kizashi-based design language in the bonnet definition lines and how the larger headlamps have an edge line that extends down into the lower air dam just like the bigger Suzuki. The enlarged and peeled back headlamps are echoed by new tail lamps featuring clear lenses and again, these extend further into the car also, clearly visible on the car's rump. No official rear-on pictures of the car have been released but we expect to see similar detail tweaks to the bumper, and bootlid as well. Despite the similarity, the new model is larger but still sub-4 metre. Length is up 90mm, wheelbase increases 50mm, width has increased 5mm and it is 10mm taller as well. This should release more space all round the cabin answering the Swift's interiors space concerns. Expect a predominantly black cabin with silver inserts to liven things up. The new bodyshell makes liberal use of high-strength steel that makes it lighter, stiffer and more refined. Handling also promises to be better, what with increases in front and rear track by 10mm and 15mm respectively. In Europe, the car will also have ESP on all models, but we're not expecting that feature to make it here. On the engine front, the 1.3-litre DOHC petrol is being replaced with the K12B 1.2-litre four cylinder that makes a little more power (95PS at 6000rpm) and torque (118Nm at 4800rpm). Suzuki credits Dual-VVT - variable timing on both camshafts for the increase in power despite the drop in displacement. Suzuki claim 22kmpl on the European cycle. The 1.3-litre DDiS engine remains, tuned to meet Euro-V while returning 24kmpl and emitting 109g/km of CO2, only five more than the Toyota Prius. Maruti's Indian Swift has been doing pretty well for itself and so we're not expecting Suzuki to rush this car to India. We expect an announcement only after the Kizashi is launched here at the end of 2010 and the actual launch could be as late as June 2011 probably featuring better equipment and quality levels but with no significant change in price. Once the new Swift arrives, expect Suzuki to update the Dzire quickly as well. Will Maruti bring us the 1.6-litre petrol from Swift Sport this time round? We can only hope.

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