Zapping Auto Moto New Suzuki Swift (2024): first contact on board the fourth generation
Although it is no longer assembled on our continent since the end of the second generation, which disappeared in 2017, it remains the most European of Suzukis, having conquered the public of the Old Continent thanks to its inimitable face that its designers have been able to evolve gently so as not to distort its DNA, in 20 years of career.
Never change a winning team
This is confirmed from a morphological point of view, the new Swift gaining only two centimeters in length to peak at 3.86 m and thus remain the most compact city car in the B segment. Nothing could be more normal insofar as this new model is based on the same platform as its predecessor. A base, however, largely modernized to comply with future European approval standards, but which does not benefit habitability. This remains unchanged in the rear seats as well as in the trunk, the volume of which stagnates at 265 l. In short, those accustomed to the Swift will not be disoriented, and that is all the better when it comes particularly to its stylistic fundamentals.
Pump at the stern
In detail, its design is a bit hot and cold compared to previous generations. At first glance, we appreciate its fidelity to the rectilinear windshield pillars which contrast with the floating roof, a true signature of the Swift’s silhouette. For its part, the bow is moving in the right direction, with a very enveloping rounded hood which is reminiscent of the exterior of a Chrysler PT Cruiser. A notable disruption but which does not distort the identity of the Swift, from our point of view, unlike the stern whose lights definitively abandon the boomerang type shape of previous models to display a much more conventional style. Finally, we notice that the rear door handle finds a classic positioning, as on the first two generations, unlike the third which cleverly concealed it in the pillar.
More flattering on board
On board, we miss the time when the very first Swift offered a very refined, rectilinear cockpit. This has continued to become visually heavier over time and unfortunately this fourth opus is no exception with many reading levels and a stacking effect of its constituent elements overlooked by a digital panel far from to be the best integrated in the segment. This, on the other hand, turns out to be much more modern and responsive, fortunately, extending over a generous 9” diagonal, but we regret that it is not supplemented by a second screen since, behind the wheel, we must once again make do with good old analog meters. Overall, the perceived quality of the cabin improves, despite the invariable use of hard plastics. More flattering to the eye because much less shiny than in the past, they almost give the illusion of foamed materials, particularly on the cream-colored panels displaying an elegant relief pattern.
Under the hood, the new Swift is reluctant to take a new step towards electrification, despite the spirit of the times, claiming to make a vow of lightness. An argument which is defended by the one which renews its 12V micro-hybridization but adapts it to a new 3-cylinder engine, against 4 previously, whose displacement is still established at 1200 cc. This unit only delivers 82 hp but we are promised it will be more lively at low revs compared to its predecessor which claimed 83 hp. There is no doubt that this unique engine, available in both manual and automatic gearboxes, will escape the ecological penalty. But by dint of pulling its power level downwards, the Swift is gradually losing versatility, whereas until recently it offered more alert mechanics exceeding 110 hp, within its classic range. Under these conditions, it is not certain that the Swift Sport will be renewed on this new generation, unlike all-wheel drive, confirmed in the catalog.
Price new Suzuki Swift
The new Swift will begin its commercial career next spring, in three finishing levels, at prices which will be presented in the coming weeks. At the entry level, the €16,000 mark could be crossed, knowing that the current Swift sells for at least €15,790.
To sum up
Raised to the rank of icon within the Japanese manufacturer’s range since its debut 20 years ago, does the Swift remain faithful to its fundamentals when it is renewed?
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