The Suzuki Swift is a sweetly styled subcompact car that offers value to its class. It’s manufactured by Suzuki in Japan since 2000. But before that, the "Swift" nameplate had been used in marketing the Suzuki Cultus in several export markets. This supermini is marketed worldwide in four-door sedan, three-door hatchback, two-door convertible, and four-door sedan body configurations. Swift models are powered by Suzuki’s family of G engines.
2001-2004: First generation Suzuki Swift
The first Swifts were unveiled in 2000 to replace the Suzuki Cultus. They were marketed in Japan in three- and five-door hatchback body styles and were powered by a new generation of Suzuki’s M family of engines, which is comprised of inline-four gasoline engines. The ones used in the first-generation Swift have an engine displacement of 1.3 and 1.5 liters and were matched by a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. Units that were equipped with 1.3-liter powertrain got HT51S designation while those that received 1.5-liter engine were designated HT81S.
In other markets outside Japan, the Swift was marketed as Suzuki Ignis. In 2003, Suzuki introduced the Swift Sport variant, which was based on the shorter three-door body configuration. This sport version was outfitted with redesigned bumpers and a higher-output version of the 1.5-liter engine. Production of this variant ended in 2005 after it stayed in the market for two years.
2004-2010: Second generation Suzuki Swift
The 2nd-generation Swift made its debut in September 2004 at the Paris Motor Show. This generation of Cultus was redesigned to set it apart from its Cultus-based predecessors, thereby making it more of a low-priced subcompact rather than a sporty subcompact. Such design and the new Swift’s driving characteristics, however, were aimed for its European customers. Its chassis, in fact, was improved via a road-testing program in Europe. No wonder the Swift earned four out of five star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test. It also bagged the 2006 Semperit Irish Car of the Year award. Since it was launched, the second-gen Swift has exceeded the forecasted sales in most countries.
It was in October 2005 when Suzuki introduced the 2nd-gen Swift’s Sport version—SwiftRS—in Japan. After a year, this variant hit most European markets by the name Swift Sport.
2010-present: Third generation Suzuki Swift
Every generation of Swift looks different from the old one, and what made the third-gen unique were its numerous visual updates as well as its longer and rounder appearance. It also got new powertrains—a 1.2L petrol and a 1.3L diesel. It offers more compliant ride with its McPherson struts on the front and rear torsion beam on its rear. It also received lots of new features, including cruise control, keyless start, electric windows, 16-inch alloy wheels, and Bluetooth.