Suzuki has revealed a facelifted Swift, the series II, which brings refreshed front-end styling, more safety and convenience features and a price-tag below $20,000 driveaway.
For 2020 Suzuki has tweaked the front grille for the little Swift, adding a more defined horizontal element to freshen up the face, while there’s a new set of alloy wheels on offer, too.
Suzuki is even running a promotion for early adopters, offering a manual swift for just $18,990 driveaway, a new car price target becoming increasingly rare with tightening safety standards and customer demands for greater connectivity.
With the recent launch of the new Yaris and last year’s Mazda 2 update, the Swift is one of the few cars – along with the Kia Picanto and, perhaps surprisingly the Volkswagen Polo – that can be had for less than the magic number.
Like ever more expensive rivals, the Swift gets much-needed active safety tech like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and heated mirrors as standard. These supplement forward collision warning, AEB and lane-keep assist already included.
For $18,990 the base model GL Navigator now gets a digital speedo and rear speakers and a manual gearbox. There’s also wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through a 7.0-inch touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat and now one-touch window operation.
The Navigator Plus adds adaptive cruise control, electrically adjustable door mirrors, rear parking sensors and an outside temperature gauge. A CVT auto is standard for the $21,490 driveaway price.
Powering the GL Navigator and GL Navigator Plus is an aspirated 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with reasonable outputs of 66kW and 120Nm linked up to either a five-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox for an extra $1,000.
The range-topping GLX is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder with beefier outputs – it’s all relative after all – of 82kW and 160Nm. Key to the sprightlier nature of the turbo is the much wider torque band.
It’s available with a six-speed automatic only and gets wheel-mounted paddle shifters, wheel reach adjust, keyless entry, rear disc brakes and LED headlight for an asking price of $25,290 driveaway. The sole option across the 2020 Swift range is premium paint, a $595 option on any model.
While the interior and exterior look very familiar, the extra active safety tech and improved stereo should help the Swift on the showroom floor. The updated Swift is on sale now.
2020 Suzuki Swift Driveaway Pricing
GL Navigator Manual – $18,990
GL Navigator Auto – $19,990
GL Navigator Plus Auto – $21,490
GLX Turbo Auto – $25,290
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