The all-new and much awaited Suzuki Swift has finally made it into our shores, while the all-new DZire, which was previewed at this year’s 2018 Manila International Auto Show, is now officially on sale on all dealerships nationwide.
Both vehicles share the same HEARTECT platform, which is stiffer and lighter than ever before. The new platform promises to offer best-in-class handling and safety as well. For this new model’s design, Suzuki focused on the theme of creating a “bold evolution of Swift’s DNA”, as this small hatchback has won the hearts of many people all over the world for its fun and dynamic styling, matched by its equally fun handling.
Riding on top of this new platform is an all-new design that features a sportier, more aggressive front-end, highlighted by its sporty hexagonal grille and more aggressive headlight design. For the Swift hatchback, these headlights utilize LED technology for both the main headlamps and the daytime running lights. At the rear, the hatchback features a blacked-out C-pillar that gives the car a unique side profile, while the pillar mounted door handles give it an illusion of having only two doors. These are then finished off by LED tail lights that give the car a modern flair. For the DZire, the rear proportions have been enhanced by Suzuki’s designers and engineers in order to give the DZire a more cohesive appearance.
Inside, the Suzuki Swift and DZire feature a sportier design compared to their predecessors through the use of more angular shapes and designs. A sporty three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom design creates a youthful vibe, strengthening its appeal to its more youthful customers than ever before. The center console is angled by five degrees towards the driver, giving both cars a more drive focused interior layout. Elsewhere, the Suzuki Swift and DZire feature better interior space by minimizing the size of the engine compartment. The Swift’s trunk, for instance, is 25% larger than before, even if the new Suzuki Swift is shorter than its predecessor, thanks to the front end having less wasted space for the engine.
A 1.2-liter inline-4 petrol engine rests under the hoods of these two Suzukis, producing 82 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque @ 4,200 rpm. For the Swift, power is sent through a 5-speed manual, or a CVT, while for the DZire, power is sent through a 5-speed manual, or a new 5-speed Auto Gear Shift automated manual transmission that Suzuki says combines the benefits of a manual and an automatic transmission in one gearbox.
With its more emotional styling, better engine technologies, and promised superior driving dynamics, is the Suzuki Swift hatchback or DZire your next small car? Well, that would most likely depend on the price.
GL MT: P638,000
GL+ AGS: P698,000
GL MT/CVT: P755,000/P799,000
GLX CVT: P899,000