The Suzuki Swift has been in the Philippine market since June of 2018. The Japanese version of it, on the other hand, has been on sale for a bit long. To keep the vehicle up to date with the times Suzuki Japan has given its popular hatchback the Swift facelift for 2020. The subcompact hatchback now comes with a refreshed front face and now comes with better safety and technology features as well. In the Swift’s home market of Japan, the vehicle can be had the brand’s Suzuki Safety Support. This gives the hatchback automatic emergency braking for the front and rear, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist. The Swift with the safety support package can even recognize traffic sights and comes with automatic headlights as part of the package.
The facelifted 2020 Suzuki Swift now comes with a redesigned front clip. The bumper has been updated to bring it a more sporty look and it now comes with a different grille pattern. It can now be had with a diamond pattern or a honeycomb design grille depending on which variant you choose. Aside from the new grille patterns the front also gets a horizontal bar accent that runs across the grille of the hatchback.
Not stopping there, Suzuki has also added more color options to its popular hatchback. For monotone colors, the brand has added orange and yellow into the mix. The vehicle also gets new two-tone color options as well which features orange, red, yellow, and blue as the base colors which are topped off with a black roof. Along with the facelift the Suzuki Swift also gets a new set of wheel designs.
On the inside, the Suzuki Swift remains similar to the pre-facelifted model, however, the vehicle’s seat design has been updated for the facelift. The instrument cluster, however, is new and now comes with a multi-colored multi-information display that replaces the simpler looking digital type.
Engine options have been carried over from the pre-facelifted model this means that Swift still comes powered by a 1.2-liter engine. The Japanese spec 1.2-liter still produces the same 89hp and 118 Nm of torque which is a difference of 9hp in power compared to the local version of the hatchback being sold.
With the facelift already being sold in Japan, it will only be a matter of time until the updated model makes its way to the Philippines. While we might be getting the updated exterior, the new technology and safety features might not come along with the facelifted vehicle. Instead, Suzuki Philippines might just give the vehicle more standard convenience features instead. There is no word yet from the Japanese brand when it will release the updated model into the country as the facelifted Swift has yet to make its ASEAN market appearance.