Suzuki says its new Swift minicar has improved fuel consumption and significantly lower emissions than the outgoing model as well as better safety and driving performance. The latest generation Swift will go in sale in Europe shortly after its debut at the Paris auto show in October.
Suzuki said extensive use of higher strength steel makes the new Swift's body shell lighter and stiffer than the outgoing model as well as offering refinement in underbody design.
The design has also helped improve impact safety for pedestrians as well as occupants, the carmaker said.
The Swift will be sold with a new 94-hp 1.2-liter gasoline engine that is more powerful than the 1.3-liter unit it replaces. The manual transmission version will have 17 percent less CO2 emissions than the current model at 116 grams per kilometer and use 5 liters per 100km (about 57 UK mpg; 47 U.S. mpg).
The Swift's 75-hp 1.3-liter diesel engine will have CO2 emissions of 109g/km and use 4.2 l/100km (about 67 UK mpg; 56 U.S mpg).
Both engines meet new Euro 5 emissions standards, which come into effect for new cars on January 1 2011.
The fourth-generation Swift will continue to be built for European markets in Suzuki's factory in Esztergom, Hungary.
The car is 90mm longer than the current model at 3850 mm with a 50mm longer wheelbase at 2430mm.
Suzuki sold 80,414 Swifts in Europe last year, down 19.2 percent on 2008, according to market researcher JATO Dynamics.