While SUVs, pickups and MPVs may dominate the news these days, there’s no denying that small cars are still the driving force in automotive sales. And when it comes to small vehicles, the subcompact segment still reigns.
It is in this category that the Suzuki Swift and its sedan sibling, the Swift Dzire, compete. And now, thanks to improvements made by their manufacturer, the Suzuki subcompacts are now better alternatives to what’s out there.
The Swift hatchback receives a new grille and fog lamp bezels with chrome accents. The front bumper also has sharper edges for a ‘fiercer’ stance. And rounding out improvements outside, the alloy wheels have wider spokes. Inside, the Swift goes with the trend and gets a navigation-ready touchscreen multimedia system.
Prices for the refreshed Swift are P628,000 for the manual-transmission variant and P668,000 for the automatic-transmission option.
Meanwhile, the Swift Dzire unfortunately doesn’t get a more hip name. What it receives instead is a new chrome-accent front grille, a sportier bumper design, and a new fog lamp bezel like on the hatchback. There are also blacked-out headlamps and 14-inch alloy wheels that elevate the look even further. Not surprisingly, a touchscreen audio system also makes its way inside the Dzire.
The Dzire's manual transmission retails for P568,000, and the automatic variant with GPS navigation goes for P718,000.
With these improvements, Suzuki has made its competent subcompact offerings more appealing.