The refreshed 2021 Suzuki Swift originally made its debut in 2020 in its home country of Japan. Now, however, the upgraded model has now made its way into the ASEAN region specifically launching in Thailand. It is essential to note that, that the Suzuki Swift units that are sold locally are sourced from Thailand. With that said the likelihood of these new refreshed models making their way into the Philippine market soon has increased.
On the outside, the refreshed Suzuki Swift retains the same overall body shape as the previous model. Where the two differ are when it comes to the front of the vehicle specifically the grille and headlight areas. The hatchback now comes with a honeycomb grille design that now comes with a chrome bar accent found in the middle. The headlights have also been updated with the higher variants of the vehicle coming with LEDs as standard. As a final touch to the refresh, Suzuki has also given the vehicle a new set of wheels to complete the look.
Interior and technology
Similar to that of the exterior, the changes done to the cabin of the Swift are subtle. The dashboard layout and seat material are still the same as the previous model, however, a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system has been added. It also now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available for the higher variants. Other than that, features such as automatic climate control, push to start, and keyless entry have now become standard for the model range. Safety features have remained the same as well for the vehicle as the Japanese safety features did not make it into the Thailand model.
Under the hood, the 1.2-liter gasoline engine has still been carried over from the older model. While the power figures are still the same, it is important to note that the manual transmission variant has been dropped for Thailand. The only transmission option available is a CVT that sends power to the front wheels. The Japanese brand claims that the CVT will help make the Swift more fuel-efficient and make it capable of doing 23km/L.