• SUZUKI SWEETENS SWIFT LINEUP WITH NEW 1.2-LITER VARIANT

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    suzuki-swift20140617MORE affordable and still lovable. That is how Suzuki Phils. described the Swift as the subcompact hatchback gets a new variant, which is powered by a 1.2-liter engine. The latest Swift joins the 1.4-liter variant.

    Suzuki said the new Swift, which has “even better fuel efficiency and lower emissions,” is targeted at first-time car owners.

    “We are introducing the Swift 1.2 to the Philippines to make the well-loved Suzuki Swift available to a wider audience,” said Suzuki President Hiroshi Suzuki. “This new variant will offer the same great value and best-in-class performance of the Swift in a much more affordable package.”

    The latest Swift’s 1.2-liter, four-cylinder engine, which makes 87hp at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, has two cams and variable timing governing 16 valves. It can be matched to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Like the 1.4-liter variant, the Swift 1.2 has an electrically assisted power steering assist.

    The latest variant, which is built and imported from India (where Suzuki, with partner Maruti, is the top carmaker), sits 30 millimeters higher off the ground than the 1.4-liter Swift—a nod to the road conditions of its country of origin. The Swift with the larger engine is built and imported from Japan.

    Besides the change under the hood, the Swift 1.2 gets turn signals integrated into its side mirrors, halogen fog lamps and a redesigned grille. In the cabin, the new variant retains the Swift 1.4’s equipment, which includes audio controls on the steering wheel and a fold-down backseat.

    Suzuki prices the Swift 1.2 with a manual gearbox at P608,000 and the one with an automatic transmission at P648,000. Both are available in Blazing Red, Glistening Grey, Silky Silver, Pearl Arctic White and Midnight Black colors. Deliveries start in July.

    “At Suzuki, we are continuously innovating to make our products responsive to the needs of the markets where we operate,” Suzuki said.

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