Almost 3 and a half years after it made its world debut in December 2016, the 4th generation Suzuki Swift has now received a facelift which has been launched in Japan with a starting price of JPY 1,535,600 (equivalent to PKR 22.9 lac).
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The 2020 Swift facelift features minor exterior & interior design changes, and some improvements in the specs & equipment. As with the pre-facelift models, the 2020 Suzuki Swift offer two different grille designs– a regular & a sportier one. The regular grille in the new Swift facelift gets diamond pattern instead of horizontal slats as in the out-going model, whereas the sportier one which came equipped with a mesh pattern in the pre-facelift model now gets a bigger and horizontally stretched honeycomb design in the facelift.
Other exterior revisions include chrome embellishments, slightly restyled headlights, a more aggressive-looking front bumper, new alloy wheels and additional color options including new dual-tone exterior color combos.
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The interior remains largely similar however there are minor differences in the dashboard design and trim, new seat fabrics, upholstery and headliners. In terms of equipment, the higher-spec versions now get paddle-shifters and a 360-degree camera as standard.
Interior of the 2020 Suzuki Swift facelift
As before, the Suzuki Swift is available in the same variants and engine options. The lower-spec Swift XG is available with a 91hp, 1.2-liter petrol engine that comes in manual, CVT and AWD form, while the higher-spec version is called Swift RS with the same 91hp petrol engine and manual, CVT and AWD options.
2020 Suzuki Swift facelift in Japan
As for the mild-hybrids, there is a lower-spec Hybrid MG having the same 91hp petrol unit & is aided by a 3.1hp electric motor that can send power to the front wheels or all four wheels via a CVT auto gearbox. Then there is the Hybrid RS which is the mild-hybrid in a higher-spec form. The Swift Hybrid SZ is the full hybrid model and comes with a petrol-electric powertrain (91hp, 1.2-litre engine and 13.6hp motor) that sends power to the front wheels via a 5-speed AMT gearbox.
Pak Suzuki in Pakistan is still stuck with the 2nd generation Swift that was produced internationally between 2004 and 2010. However last year the company was conducting feasibility study to introduce the 4th gen Swift hybrid in Pakistan as imported Swift units were spotted testing on our roads multiple times. Since then however, there is no update on the launch of new Suzuki Swift in Pakistan.
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