Reports have it that Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki will be taking the covers off the fourth-generation 2022 Suzuki Swift around mid-next year. And with the new generation comes big changes such as an evolutionary design, a new platform and changes to its powertrain options.
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The information was sourced from a Japanese publication, which points to July 2022 as the reveal date of the ever-popular subcompact city car. The all-new 2022 Suzuki Swift's underpinnings will sit on a "newly developed" platform, referred to as the HEARTECT lightweight architecture, which will make the subcompact hatchback lighter than it already is, and more rigid compared with the outgoing model's architecture. The report doesn't say, however, whether the upcoming Suzuki Swift's chassis will totally be all-new from the ground up or just be a considerably revised version of the current third-generation Swift introduced back in 2017.
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Along with the five-door city car's frame overhaul, the exterior of the forthcoming iteration of the Suzuki Swift will boast a huge advancement over the current generation, with softer curves and more prominent lines that would make the chic hatchback appear a touch more premium.
Not much information is available about possible changes to the Suzuki Swift's interior, but reports say it will have a more advanced cabin with minutiae such as a partly-digital instrument panel and a larger infotainment display screen.
With regard to the powertrain options, it looks like the Japanese marque will retain the 1.2L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine in its regular gasoline and mild hybrid (MHEV) variants. The series-parallel hybrid (HEV) option, however, is being ditched for the next-generation Suzuki Swift, most likely due to lack of demand. Reports claim that the 1.2L mill of the all-new 2022 Suzuki Swift surpasses that of its predecessor in terms of fuel efficiency and power feel, though no specifics are mentioned.
In the Philippines, the MEHV and HEV powertrains are not on offer. What we have is the 1.2L K12B Dualjet I4 gasoline engine that produces 82hp of maximum power output and 113Nm of peak torque, which is paired to either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It remains to be seen if the mild hybrid option will be introduced by Suzuki Philippines moving forward. We're sure it will be much welcome as it promises considerable fuel savings.
It was also reported that the 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline-fed Suzuki Swift Sport variant with a 6-speed manual gearbox will be continued—with a possible increase in grunt—but it won't be arriving until 2023. Sad to say, this variant is also currently not on offer locally. There are only two Suzuki Swift varieties available in the country: the Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL and the Suzuki Swift 1.2 Special Edition, each with a manual and a CVT option.
With many motorists prioritizing safety these days, the next-generation Suzuki Swift is expected to come equipped with loads of active and passive safety features. Details of these new safety techs are scarce at the moment, but the current Philippine-spec Suzuki Swift has dual airbags (driver and passenger), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and 3-point seatbelts for all five passengers, to name a few. The petite car also boasts a pedestrian injury body, in which major injuries to pedestrians are reduced, if not totally avoided, in case of a crash. The hugely popular hatch also has an impact-absorbing body design that features the manufacturer's Total Effective Control Technology (TECT). It is also important to note that the current generation of the Suzuki Swift got 4 stars out of five in the Southeast Asia or ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rating. Suzuki is most likely improving the upcoming generation to get a perfect 5-star score.
The all-new Suzuki Swift will be around before you know it. More information will surely be available in the months to come, so keep your eyes peeled for both non-official and official teasers or announcements.