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by David Zalstein

The Suzuki Swift range has been updated for the 2014 model year with an all-new model grade and refreshed styling.

Slotting between the previous mid-spec GL and flagship GLX – the outgoing model’s entry-level GA model has been dropped – the new Suzuki Swift Navigator is on sale now from $17,490 driveaway.

Based on the GL, the Swift Navigator joins the top-spec GLX in coming standard with fog lights, lane assist technology, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, voice command and Bluetooth/USB/SD card connectivity, while 15-inch steel wheels complete the package.

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Down from its previous $17,490 driveaway price tag to match the old GA’s $15,990 driveaway starting price, the Swift GL continues to come standard with cruise control and a six-speaker stereo with CD player and Bluetooth/USB connectivity – equipment announced in April last year.

Now available exclusively with a four-speed automatic transmission, the range-topping GLX costs $21,990 driveway (up $1000) and adds LED daytime running lights and newly designed 16-inch alloy wheels. Keyless entry, push-button start and climate control carry over from before. The GLX also retains its ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes, while both lower specification models continue with rear drums.

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All models are powered by the same long-serving 70kW/130Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, with both GL and Navigator grades offering a choice of the auto or standard a five-speed manual. Fuel consumption is unchanged at 5.5L/100km (manual) and 6.2L/100km (auto).

Considered a stand-alone model, the 100kW/160Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder-powered Suzuki Swift Sport remains priced at $23,990, though now also features sat-nav.

First seen in June last year, the facelifted Swift adds new front and rear bumpers and a lightly revised front grille. Followed up in July, an all-wheel-drive version remains reserved for the UK market.

2014 Suzuki Swift driveaway pricing:
Suzuki Swift GL – $15,990 driveaway (down $1500, but unchanged from GA)
Suzuki Swift Navigator – $17,490 driveaway (new variant)
Suzuki Swift GLX – $21,990 driveaway (up $1000)




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