The updates to the design aren’t too drastic, though. Only the front fascia sees a slight redesign, with a new grille pattern split horizontally by what seems to be a plastic trim. Both the rear end and the interior see no changes.
The car’s powertrain remains untouched as well, so the Swift still gets the K12C 1.2-liter gasoline engine that produces 89hp and 120Nm of torque. Its equivalent here in our market is the K12M engine that’s capable of 82hp and 113Nm.
Now, this refresh isn’t just a subtle redesign. The big upgrades that the new Swift gets are in the safety department. The Swift can now be had with Suzuki Safety Support, which is an arsenal of safety and driver-assist technologies that include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree-view monitor.
The new Swift has been launched in Japan as of this writing, and it starts at ¥2,087,000—that’s about P989,000 in local currency. If Suzuki Philippines were to bring this updated hatch here, will we be seeing a price bump? We can’t say for certain, but those added safety features will be welcome additions to the Philippine-spec model.
What say you? Do you think the local market needs to see the new Suzuki Swift’s arrival, too?