With the car industry regaining faith in the light-car segment, more and more manufacturers are bringing light-cars to Australia.
Although Australian specifications for the Splash are currently not available, in Europe, the Suzuki Splash will have a choice of three-engines, two petrols - a 1.0-litre three-cylinder (48kWs) and a 1.2 four-cylinder (63kWs). The 1.3-litre common-rail diesel engine is made by Fiat and produces 55kWs of power.
The power is delivered via a five-speed manual gearbox, although for the extra money, buyers of the 1.2-litre petrol can opt out for a four-speed auto.
The funky looks and the cool name, as well as the rather large gauge on the dashboard as well as the massive speedometer will go a long way to insure the Splash will be a huge hit with first time car buyers.
The European splash comes with a variety of safety features. ABS with brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution and stability control are all standard, although we expect much of the European specifications to be dumbed down before arrival in Australia.
The European Splash also comes standard with six airbags (dual front side and curtain airbags), seatbelt-force limiters and seatbelt pretensioners for the front seats.