Suzuki Malaysia Automobile has officially announced the arrival of CKD versions of its Swift hatchback. Now locally assembled in Pekan, Pahang, the CKD Suzuki Swift 1.4 A/T is available in two variants – GL for RM65,888 and GLX at RM73,788 (OTR prices without insurance). On the options list are a bodykit package – the same one offered on the top-spec CBU GLX-S model – for RM5,300 and metallic paint for RM500.

The move from CBU to CKD has brought in some savings (Swift GL costs nearly RM10,000 less than the imported model), though the cheaper variant is more sparsely equipped compared to the GLX-only CBU models. Identical to the imported units in specs, the CKD GLX is just a shade under RM2,000 cheaper than before.

There’s quite a gap between the two variants’ equipment lists. The GL loses out on the GLX’s passenger side airbag, steering audio controls, retractable wing mirrors with indicators, keyless go and push start button, automatic climate control and 16-inch alloy wheels. In place are a single airbag, four instead of six speakers, manual air con and 15-inch steel wheels with covers.

An unannounced but notable change is the updated colour options. The bodykit is now limited to Superior White, and not Snow White Pearl as listed before – a sign that a different colour palette is used. Suzuki has yet to update its Malaysian website to reflect these changes so the full colour chart is not available to us.

The 95 PS, 130 Nm 1.4 litre VVT engine and four-speed automatic combination remains unchanged. With a significantly lower starting price, the third-gen Suzuki Swift looks likely to be the choice of many. Will you be one of them?