All-new 2011 Suzuki Swift goes on sale in NZ

All-new 2011 Suzuki Swift goes on sale in NZ

The Suzuki Swift has been New Zealand’s top selling small car for more than six years now and for 2011 it’s received a comprehensive make-over.

While the new model Suzuki Swift changes from the wheels up, it is a clear evolution of its highly successful predecessor. Changes to the exterior design are subtle making for an instantly recognisable vehicle but the fifth generation Swift may be more different to drive than to look at.

Apparently, there’s more usable interior space, improved ride and handling, benefits in fuel economy and higher levels of safety for the new 1.4-litre Swift five-door hatchback.

“Remarkably, while the new model is larger than before and has higher levels of equipment, it actually weighs less,” said Bill Grice, chief executive officer for Suzuki New Zealand. “Suzuki’s most highly acclaimed world car takes another step forward to secure its continued popularity, especially in New Zealand where the model has been an on-going hit,” he said.

Code named AZH414, the latest Swift is 3,850 mm long – a 90 mm increase on the outgoing RS415 model. The wheelbase is up 40 mm to 2,430 mm, body width increases only slightly to 1,695 mm, and overall height rises 10 mm to 1,510 mm.

In spite of the increase in body size and a more lavish specification, the weight of the new Swift in manual form is 1,005 kg – 35 kg less than its predecessor. The car in automatic transmission form falls from 1,060 kg to 1,035 kg.

In terms of design, vertical halogen headlamps, a unique Swift design feature, are carried through, and the smooth frontal treatment, wraparound design and deeply contoured front face remain distinctive styling cues. At the rear the vertical rear combination lamps are prominent while a “U” shape theme echoes the front styling. The body profile is marked by a long roofline, and bold guards emphasise the wheels.

Newly developed 16-inch diameter aluminium alloy wheels with 185/55 R16 low-profile tyres on the LTD version replace the 15-inch alloys on the older RS415 Swift.

GL and GLX grade Swifts are equipped with 15-inch diameter steel wheels with full wheel covers and 175/65 R15 tyres. All new Swifts come with low rolling resistance tyres developed for improved fuel economy and quietness.

Inside, Suzuki’s medium-size Kizashi sedan influences the new Swift’s interior and facia design, with a black and silver theme and smart three-spoke steering wheel.

The computer read-out is now between the rev counter and speedometer, and the focus is on functionality. On GLX and LTD models the on-board computer shows instant fuel consumption, average consumption, range on remaining fuel, shift position (on auto models), odometer, trip meter, outside air temperature and time.

There’s a new focus on refinement, quality and feel, with redesigned air vents, and new automatic transmission shift lever with synthetic leather boot.

While the out-going Swift had its rear vision mirror attached to the roof line, the new model has a windscreen-mounted day/night mirror, resulting in a cleaner roof line.

New front seats with silver contrasts are designed to prevent fatigue, there are redesigned urethane cushions.

Side air bags are now incorporated into the seat, helping boost rear passenger legroom by 27 mm. The seatback on each front seat curves inward to create 27 mm more legroom than before, and the rear foot space is 30 mm wider than the old Swift.

Folding rear seats are slit 60/40, and the 210 litre luggage area includes a lower luggage board on GLX and LTD. A suitcase measuring 77 cm x 55 cm x 26 cm can be stowed in the load area.

With the rear seat folded to an almost completely flat floor, boot volume increases to 533 litres.

The new 2011 Suzuki Swift has touched down in NZ and is currently on sale from $19,990. To find out more, click here to visit the Suzuki NZ website.

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