The Suzuki Swift is classified as a subcompact car that is manufactured by Japanese carmaker Suzuki. Production of this vehicle began in 2000 and before this vehicle, the “Swift” nameplate had been used with the Suzuki Cultus in various markets outside of Japan. The Swift started back in 1985 as a marketing and manufacturing rebadged of the Suzuki Cultus, which was a supermini or subcompact that was manufactured and marketed in countries all over the world for three generations as well as four different body configurations. The different body configurations this vehicle has to offer include the three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, five-door hatchback, and two-door convertible., all of which use Suzuki G engines.
The first generation of the Swift began in 2000 as a replacement for the Suzuki Cultus. In places outside of Japan around the world, the “Ignis” nameplate was used for marketing purposes. Both the three and five-door hatchback body styles were made available, though the 3-door was not offered in the normal lineup in Japan. This vehicle used new generation Suzuki inline-four gasoline engines of the M family. Engine displacements of both the 1.3 and 1.5 liter versions of the engine were offered with a five-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed automatic. The Swift initially came with either front or four-wheel drive, and these models were equipped with a 1.3 liter HT51S engine as well as the 1.5 liter HT81S version.
The shorter 3-door body version of the Swift was used for the Swift Sport in Japan, or the Ignis Sport in various other markets around the world. This vehicle was initially introduced in 2003, featuring redesigned bumpers as well as a higher-output version of the 1.5 liter engine. Production of the Sport ultimately ended in 2005, and the regular Swift models remained in production until 2006, but only in Japan.
General Motors officially introduced the Chevrolet Cruze in 2001, which was a crossover SUV based on the Swift, using the basic dimensions and powerplants of the original vehicle. The Cruze was restyled for a unique crossover look that fell somewhere between that of a hatchback and a sport utility vehicle, and the 3-door body type was cut out altogether. The “Chevrolet Cruze” name was used in Japan, while the “Holden Cruze” name was used in Australia from 2002 to 2006. The 1.3 liter versions of these vehicles were assigned the HR51S model code, and the 1.5 liter versions the HR81S model code.
The second generation of the Swift was first introduced to the public in September of 2004, and its brand new design was previewed in the form of the Concept S and Concept S2 concept vehicles at various auto shows in the years leading up to its official release. This generation of the Suzuki Swift was a significant departure from previous models, most of which were heavily based on the Cultus and bore a lot of its characteristics and mechanical components.
The third and most recent generation of the Swift is produced at Suzuki’s plant in Hungary, and it is distributed all throughout Europe. This new version has an extended wheelbase that is longer by a total of 50 millimeters as well as a number of exterior updates. While it is true that the third generation Swift looks very different from many of its predecessors, its rounder appearance is part of a radical restyling that Suzuki has recently started with a number of their vehicles. The latest Swift is expected to use a 1.2 liter VVT petrol engine, which is rated for 92 bhp. In various countries around the world, this generation of the Swift is available with a 1.4 liter VVT petrol engine which can produce up to 95 horsepower.