The new Suzuki Swift will go sale this June, priced from just under £11,000.
The third-generation supermini will only be available as a five-door model, a move also employed by the new Kia Picanto in a bid to make the rear seats more accessible and entry more comfortable.
Buyers get to choose between two petrol engines: a 1.2-litre four-cylinder unit with 88bhp and a single-litre, three-pot engine with 109bhp.
Fleets would be drawn towards the 1.2-litre engine, which promises CO2 emissions of 98g/km and a combined fuel consumption of 65.7mpg. The one-litre engine returns 61.4mpg at 104g/km CO2.
Size-wise, the new Swift is 10mm shorter than the previous generation but 40mm wider, while its wheelbase has been stretched by 20mm. The result is a more spacious interior and 25 per cent more boot space, now 265 litres.
Entry-level SZ3 Swifts ride on 15-inch wheels with the 1.2-litre engine linked to a five-speed manual gearbox, as well as six airbags, air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, rear privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and front electric windows.
Priced from £12,999, mid-range SZ-T models unlock the more powerful single-litre petrol engine, 16-inch wheels and add a rear-view camera.
Range-topping SZ5 (£14,499) adds automatic air conditioning, keyless entry and start, polished alloy wheels, satellite navigation, advanced forward detection system and rear electric windows. A six-speed automatic transmission is also an option in the top-spec model.
Stephen Halsey, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: “With almost 5.5 million Swifts sold since its introduction in 2005, this is an important car and going off the figures here, we reckon Suzuki has another hit on its hands.”
Posted on 27th April 2017
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