Suzuki UK adds hybrid power and 4WD to facelifted Swift range for 2021 model year

2021 Suzuki Swift (NewsPress)
2021 Suzuki Swift (NewsPress)

• Suzuki facelifted its Swift range for 2021 model year.

• The Swift now features hybrid technology.

• Four-wheel-drive has also been added to the range.

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Suzuki has given its Swift a significant facelift in the United Kingdom and Ireland ahead of the 2021 model year.

One of the biggest changes takes place under the bonnet. The car still employs a 1.2-litre petrol engine, but a 12V hybrid system enhances it. A 48V hybrid system has also bolstered the Swift Sport's turbocharged 1.4-litre engine.

In all, the revised powertrains bring about improved performance and better fuel consumption.

Suzuki Swift

2021 Suzuki Swift (NewsPress)

4WD? On a Swift?

The new Swift range comprises several grades, named SZ-L, SZ-T, SZ5 and SZ5 AllGrip grades. The AllGrip system is available optionally and is only available with the manual gearbox option.

Suzuki UK says this model is ideally suited to those living in rural areas but who do not require an SUV.

Suzuki's CVT (continuously variable transmission) is optionally available on the SZ-T and the front-wheel-drive SZ5 and offers seven-step gear programs. Paddles on the steering column give drivers the option to change gears manually.

Suzuki South Africa commented: "At this stage, we will not get the hybrid or AllGrip models due to the extra cost. The hybrid model is also slower than the current model.

"In reference to Swift or Ignis fitted with the AllGrip system: No, we won't receive it due to the fact that these models are made in Japan and are at a much higher spec level. This, in turn, increases the cost drastically for the South African consumer in the end."

Suzuki Swift

2021 Suzuki Swift (NewsPress)

New features

Standard equipment for all models in the range is even more comprehensive than before. The new SZ-L model includes air conditioning, a rearview camera, Radar Brake Support with Adaptive Cruise Control, smartphone link for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, LED Headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, polished 16-inch alloy wheels and front electric windows. 

The SZ-T adds grey painted 16-inch alloy wheels, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Weaving Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and rear parking sensors.

SZ5 adds Navigation, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, keyless entry and start, telescopic steering wheel adjustment, rear electric windows, and door mirror indicators. The Swift is available in one solid colour and six optional metallic colours with three dual-tone colours incorporating a Black Pearl roof also available optionally.

Suzuki Swift

2021 Suzuki Swift (NewsPress)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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