The updated 2020 Swift has officially gone on sale in Japan, sporting minor design changes to its exterior, tweaks to the interior, and a bit more in terms of equipment.
The Swift gets most of the design tweaks to the front. The car features a refreshed exterior design, newly designed front grille. There are two different front grille designs, and both are new. New alloy wheels and a few new colour options (including new dual-tone exterior finishes) round off the changes to the 2020 Swift’s exterior.
Suzuki offers the 2020 Swift facelift in two new dual-tone colour options: Flame Orange Pearl metallic with Black roof and Rush Yellow metallic with Silver roof. On the inside, there’s an upgraded 4.2-inch colour MID that, unlike in the old car, displays the speed as well. Also new is a 360-degree around-view monitor for easier parking.
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-litre petrol unit that comes in manual, CVT and AWD form, while the higher-spec version is called Swift RS (with the same 91hp petrol unit and manual, CVT and AWD options). Coming to the mild-hybrids, there’s the lower-spec Hybrid MG (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), and the Hybrid RS (the mild-hybrid in a higher-spec form). The Swift Hybrid SZ is the full hybrid model – it 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.
While the changes to the Japan-spec Swift are fairly minor, the Swift facelift that’s coming to India is expected to get more updates. Along with design changes the 2020 Maruti Swift will also get the new K12C petrol unit that features dual-injectors, giving it the Dual-Jet moniker. Compared to the current Swift, power is expected to increase by 7hp to 90hp, and efficiency is also expected to be enhanced.