Small, Take Five: Suzuki Takes Wraps Off 2011 Swift

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The smallest Suzuki car we get in the States may be the SX4, but the Japanese auto manufacturer sells even smaller cars elsewhere in the world. One of those cars is the Swift, and Suzuki just took the wraps off its latest version today.

Following the trend set by consumers and government officials, Suzuki has made the new Swift more efficient, safer, and lighter. Suzuki says it has furthered its use of high-strength steel to allow the new Swift to be built with less material, but be stiffer and safer than the outgoing car.

In addition to lightening the car to aid efficiency, Suzuki is introducing a range of new gasoline and diesel-powered engines. At launch, only the 1.2-liter gasoline I-4 will be available, but it’s nothing to snub your nose at. The small 94-horsepower engine still gets around 47 mpg on the EU combined cycle with the manual transmission, an improvement of almost 7 mpg. A 1.3-liter diesel engine is scheduled to join the Swift lineup in early 2011. The new diesel is Euro 5 compliant and will get around 56 mpg combined, up from 52 mpg of the outgoing diesel. Suzuki has not yet released power and torque figures for the engine, but says they will be available later on this summer. Suzuki also added that the new diesel is a much smoother-running engine, thanks to improved ECU management software. Both engines will be available with an automatic or manual gearbox.

In addition to efficiency improvements, Suzuki has improved the car’s handling. The tossable little car’s track has been widened by around 0.5 inch in front, and 0.25 inch at the back. Larger wheels and tires have also been added to the third-generation Swift in the name of handling.

Suzuki has not yet revealed the interior, but says it has been updated with a “more dynamic feel.” Suzuki says the interior is primarily black, with silver accents throughout the cabin.

The revised Swift hits markets later this year and full specifications and pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date. As of now, Suzuki has not announced plans to bring the car to the U.S. but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it on our shores.

What do you think? Should Suzuki bring its latest sporty car to the States?

Source: Suzuki

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