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by Tim Beissmann

Update: New Suzuki Swift Review.

Suzuki has today released new images of the European version of the third generation Suzuki Swift, revealing a higher quality and more modern instrument panel and interior.

Suzuki Australia general manager, Tony Devers, took the opportunity to reaffirm the brand’s enthusiasm for the upcoming model and confirm its arrival in Australia within 12 months.

“We are very excited about the release of information for the new European Swift, but we are still some way off finalising the Australian version.

“The new Swift won’t go on sale here until the first half of next year, and we are still finalising local specification levels,” Mr Devers said.

The interior images reveal an all-new design which takes inspiration from the recently launched Kizashi sedan. The new instrument panel and keyless push button start-stop system are among the more obvious revisions.

It was revealed around two weeks ago that the European-specification Swift would feature a new 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.3-litre diesel engine, and Mr Devers today reaffirmed they would both lead to “superior fuel economy and environmental performance”.

The current model Swift won 63 Car of the Year awards around the world and reached one million sales faster than any Suzuki model in the brand’s 100-year history. It is only when viewed side-by-side that the significant differences between the current model and the new model become obvious.

Through the first five months of 2010, Suzuki sold 5292 Swifts, up 12.7 percent over the same period in 2009.

Its 9.6 percent share of the sub-$25K light segment puts it in fifth position overall, trailing the Hyundai Getz (9629, 17.4 percent), Toyota Yaris (9211, 16.7 percent), Holden Barina (5702, 10.3 percent) and the Mazda2 (5551, 10 percent).




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