SWIFT MOVE TO ELECTRIC POWER AFTER 41 YEARS

Swift might not be the most appropriate word, but after 41 years in Australia, the titular Suzuki vehicle that has consistently been near the top of the compact car segment, has gone hybrid. Core of the 2024 Swift is a petrol / electric power system and stop / start motor created especially for improved fuel efficiency in the built environment. Core of the works is an integrated starter generator that swings into action to give the vehicle extra shove when the accelerator is pressed. The ISG takes power from a… Read more

FIVE-DOOR SUZUKI JIMNY IS FINALLY HERE

Over the years, the Suzuki Jimny compact SUV has become something of a cult figure with its retro looks and its semi-serious off-road ability. To date it’s only been available with three doors and so limiting its potential buyer base but now the long-awaited five-door version has arrived. Built in India, the new five-door Jimny joins the ongoing three-door Jimny and Jimny Lite and comes in a single variant, tagged XL – as in extra-large – although at 3820 mm long it’s hardly that. It is however 340mm longer than… Read more

SUZUKI JIMNY HERITAGE LIMITED EDITION

It could be having trouble getting stock, but that hasn’t stopped Suzuki releasing a ‘heritage’ edition of its tiny Jimny off-roader. Just 300 of the cars will be up for grabs, tapping into Jimny’s enviable 4×4 history from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s – where it all began. Jimny Heritage will be available in manual only, with a choice of four colours: Jungle Green, Bluish Black, Medium Grey and White. In addition to the GLX grade on which it is based, the heritage edition adds: * Red front mud flaps… Read more

IGNIS: NICE WORK . . . IF YOU CAN GET IT

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Forget retro styling with modern features, fuel efficiency, or staying true to traditional Suzuki design elements, it’s the interior of wide-open spaces that sets the Ignis GLX apart from other compact sports utility vehicles. There are no claims here of seating for five (the base GL covers that area), but four occupants have little to complain about as far as living room in the GLX, with its sliding and reclining 50:50 split fold two rear seats, is concerned. The test vehicle had ample leg room all round for the average-size… Read more

JIMNY CRICKET! SUZUKI STAR STOOD DOWN

Picking up the new Jimny press car, I asked the Suzuki man when a prospective buyer would be able to take delivery of the test car variant, a GLX three-door automatic. “Try next year,” he replied. It gets worse. Suzuki Australia says unprecedented demand and the global computer chip issue, have stalled the MY23 Jimny three-door automatic until production catches up. Customers with an order already inked, can keep waiting or switch to the bigger five-door, due Down Under later this year. The three-door Lite manual is still available to… Read more

SUZUKI LEADS FROM THE FRONX

Suzuki has a brand new, never before seen model, on the way called Fronx. Based on the same platform as its best-selling Baleno hatch (and Swift), Fronx will replace the Baleno – at least for the time being. That’s because the current Baleno has come to the end of the line and Suzuki Australia is waiting on a replacement. Fronx is designed and built in India by the Maruti division and will slot between Ignis and Vitara in the Suzuki range. Suzuki says all-new Fronx is a new-genre SUV with… Read more

SUZUKI GETS A GRIP WITH S-CROSS

In pre-politically correct times ‘The man in the street’ was a term used to describe the ordinary male (person). In 2006 I was in Japan watching early SX4 vehicles roll off the assembly lines at Suzuki’s Hamamatsu plant, noting its bland physical characteristics. This MITS manner was reinforced on an extended drive of the small sports utility vehicle on the company’s test track, with its performance providing an uninspiring driving experience. Little has changed over the years, with the SX4 generally flying under the automotive radar, while its siblings –… Read more