Bigger things to come from Swift

The 2011 Suzuki Swift looks similar to its predecessor, but just about every component is new.
The 2011 Suzuki Swift looks similar to its predecessor, but just about every component is new. Contributed

SUZUKI'S new 2011 Swift has arrived in Queensland, and all signs point to it being another success story for the Japanese brand after the outgoing model's five-year run and 22,000 sales in our state.

Although the exterior changes are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the new Swift is larger, better equipped and more economical than its predecessor, but appealingly, has been released at exactly the same price it was in 2005.

This means the entry-level Swift GA manual is on offer for $15,990, rising to $16,690 for the GL manual; $18,390 for the GL auto; $18,990 for the GLX manual, and $20,690 for the GLX auto.

Suzuki has sensibly not changed a winning formula that saw the Swift win more than 63 international Car of the Year and other motoring awards.

The untrained eye may not pick up too many styling differences, but apart from a few minor retained parts such as door handles, every component of the 2011 Swift is entirely new.

While Suzuki offers three different engines in its 2011 Swift in other countries, here in Australia we only get the 1372cc four-cylinder across the range. That means still no diesel Swift for our market.

Power is down marginally on the outgoing 1.5-litre Swift with 70kW and 130Nm, but Suzuki is claiming the new smaller-displacement engines are more tractable and less weighty.

Fuel consumption is also improved, with the manual variants boasting a competitive 5.5 litres/100km compared to the previous figure of 6.3 litres/100km. 2011 Swifts with automatic transmissions now claim 6.2l/100km.

If you opt for the GL or GLX model expect the cabin to offer a trip computer and silver binnacle rings around the speedo and tachometer for some sporty flair. A keyless push start and stop system features on the range-topping GLX.

Changes have also been made to the seats to offer more adjustment and rear leg room, while dynamically, steering response has been tweaked along with a new gear shift mechanism, and the GLX model now boasts rear brake discs rather than its stablemates' drums.

Positively on the safety front, seven airbags are standard equipment across the 2011 Swift range, as is ABS, EBD and ESP.

Suzuki can confidently reckon on another success story with its 2011 Swift range, and expect to see them on our local roads in the coming weeks as Queensland showrooms have recently taken their first deliveries.

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