The fourth-generation Suzuki Swift is set to launch in South Africa in June 2018, and we have pricing for the new hatchback as well as for the DZire-badged sedan (the latter left the local market at the end of 2017).
As before, the hatch line-up will comprise three derivatives, each powered by a naturally aspirated 1,2-litre petrol engine. Interestingly, peak power for this four-cylinder unit is down two units to 61 kW, while maximum torque is unchanged at 113 N.m (although available slightly lower in the rev range at 4 200 r/min).
A five-speed manual gearbox ships standard, although the GL-spec model is available with a five-speed automatic manual transmission. The DZire sedan range mirrors that five-door hatch line-up, offering the same specification levels and powertrain options.
Pricing starts at R159 900 for the 1,2 GA hatchback (an increase of R2 000 over the outgoing model), while the 1,2 GL is R1 000 dearer than before at R175 900. The automatic version of the GL, interestingly, is actually R2 000 cheaper than before, at R189 900. In DZire sedan guise, the 1,2 GA comes in at R161 900, the 1,2 GL at R177 900 and the 1,2 GL auto at R191 900.
No confirmation yet on when the new Swift Sport (which has gained a 1,4-litre turbocharged petrol engine) will join the local range...
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