Suzuki Swift Facelift 1

The facelifted Suzuki Swift has made its first local appearance in the unlikeliest of places, parked all on its lonesome within Tesco Extra in Mutiara Damansara, locked and with nary a salesperson in sight. Still, we thought it would be of service to our dear readers to bring you the first live exterior photos of the updated third-generation B-segment hatch.

We can sum up the changes Suzuki has made in one sentence, so minor are the improvements – the Swift now has a new reprofiled front bumper with a larger centre air intake (and L-shaped LED daytime running lights on this top-spec GLX), as well as a new LED-type third brake light. That is literally it.

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There were, however, efforts made to raise the equipment levels on the car just a little bit, so in addition to the aforementioned DRLs, the GLX also gets nice new 16-inch five-split-spoke alloys and a touchscreen navigation system that looks to be the same sort of locally-fitted system that is used on the S-Cross.

Elsewhere in the range, some of the GLX’s previous kit, such as the older multi-spoke 16-inch wheels and the higher-spec factory integrated head unit have been handed down to the new GL. A new GA trim swoops in to take the GL’s place at the entry level with basically the same kit (such as 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers), save for a tyre repair kit taking the place of a spare tyre.

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Under the bonnet, the 1.4 litre VVT four-pot has been retained, pushing out 95 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm through a four-speed automatic transmission. Safety kit also appears to have been improved – ABS with EBD and brake assist as well as Isofix child seat mounts at the rear have all been retained, but dual airbags are said to be standard across the range (previously, the GL only had a driver’s airbag).

With a new base model comes a lower entry price point, estimated at around RM59,000 for the GA, OTR without insurance. Otherwise, prices are expected to be roughly the same as before, at around RM65,000 for the GL and around RM73,000 for the GLX. A new Lagoon Turquoise hue joins the palette; other colours includes Supreme Red, Olive Gray, Bayside Blue (currently the only choice for the GA) and Superior White.