The highly economical, low emission Suzuki Swift DDiS diesel five-door hatchback is expected to have special appeal to government, fleets and businesses and for motorists who do higher than average annual distances.
Powered by a European designed 1,248cm3 four-cylinder, common rail diesel motor built under license by Suzuki, the new DDiS is the most economical model in the Swift range and packs the most engine torque.
With four valves per cylinder and an advanced fuel injection system, the efficient D13A engine produces 55 kW of power (75 bhp) at 4,000 rpm, and 190 Nm of torque at a low 1,750 rpm. Availability of high torque at relatively low engine revolutions means the Swift diesel is responsive at mid-range and medium road speeds.
The DDiS boasts 46 per cent more torque than the 1.4-litre petrol Swift, has a maximum speed of 166 km/h and reaches New Zealand’s open road speed limit of 100 km/h in less than 13 seconds.
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard and the gear ratios and final drive gearing are unique to the Swift DDiS.
In the official Combined fuel cycle test simulating both urban and open road driving the diesel Swift averages 4.2 litres/100 km (67.3 miles per gallon).
The Suzuki delivers an outstanding 3.6 litres/100 km (78.5 mpg) in the Extra Urban highway only cycle and 5.1 litres/100 km (55.4 mpg) in the Urban city and suburban street cycle.
A recent independent fuel test from Auckland to Wellington produced even better economy than the Extra Urban fuel test cycle, with an average of 3.27 litres/100 km (85.5 mpg).
“We originally estimated the Swift DDiS would have a driving range of around 800 kilometres, but in open road running, it has since been found the 42-litre fuel tank is good for up to 1,000 kilometres,” said Tom Peck, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand.
The standard fit 12-spoke aluminium alloy wheels are shod with 185/55 R16 tyres and the engine complies with the latest Euro 5 emission standards.
In line with market demands, the well equipped Swift DDiS diesel is high on safety and equipment levels. It comes with ABS anti-lock and brake assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), foot protecting brake and clutch pedals, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and child seat tether anchorages.
There are driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags (incorporated into the front seats), curtain airbags and a driver knee bag giving the Swift Diesel the highest possible 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating. This rating considers occupant protection in frontal, side, pole and rear impacts as well as child protection, pedestrian protection and the availability of driver aids.
Standard security features include an immobiliser, remote controlled centralised door locking and freewheeling door key cylinders.
A height adjuster for the driver’s seat and electrically operated front door windows with automatic-down function for the driver’s side window are standard.
Other features include a front accessory power socket, lights-on and key reminder, front seatbelt warning lamp and alarm, halogen multi-reflector headlamps with headlamp leveling control, three cup holders and bottle holders in all four doors.
The Swift DDiS also comes with air conditioning, green tinted window glass and a three-spoke leather-covered steering wheel.
An easily operated trip computer details instant and average fuel consumption, tank range and outside air temperature, while the audio system can be conveniently operated by controls located on the steering wheel and includes a USB input.
Especially handy for cold winter months are the heated door mirrors which are electrically operated.
First examples of the Swift DDiS diesel go on sale in New Zealand in June with a recommended retail price of $25,990 that includes on-road costs, 12 months registration, three year/100,000 km warranty and five year Suzuki roadside assistance plan. Arrival of the DDiS extends the choice of Swift hatchbacks to eight models.