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Sharp pricing, handling, styling and equipment levels back Suzuki's new Swift hatch

18 Feb 2005

SUZUKI turns a corner! Not only is the all-new Swift a fine handling and sweet steering baby, it promises to be the first of many Suzukis that appeal beyond price, economy and value. And while the old Ignis it replaces was unfairly ignored and underrated, this is unlikely to happen to the 2005 Swift, which its maker hopes will make quite a splash in the tough light car segment.
Model release date: 1 February 2005 to 1 February 2011

Previous model

Suzuki Ignis hatch

Released: October 2000
Ended: February 05
Family Tree: Swift

The new Swift's direct predecessor is the Ignis hatch, available here in both three-door (GA) and five-door (GL) guise between October 2000 and the arrival of the new-generation Swift in February 2005. Both models were powered by a 1.3-litre DOHC four producing 60kW/106Nm, while the three-door Ignis Sport (pictured) was launched here in August 2003 with 83kW/143Nm. Of course, Suzuki's Swift nameplate was last seen Down Under in May 2000, when the 50kW/101Nm three and five-door Cino and 74kW/113Nm GTi variants were discontinued here.

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