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Here’s what to expect from the 4th-generation Suzuki Swift

Not even far from its Japan Mobility Show debut

How do you feel about the clamshell hood? PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

At this year’s Japan Mobility Show, Suzuki showcased the fourth-generation Swift in an almost production-ready concept form. After the event concluded, the Shizuoka-based company immediately unveiled new information about its next-gen hatchback.

Two decades later, the Swift still maintains its iconic shape and size. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

Appearing to not deviate from the concept, the new Swift still embodies the supermini hatchback ethos, measuring 3,860mm in total length and 1,695mm in width. To put it into perspective, this fourth-gen model is 20mm longer than its predecessor, and its wheelbase is 60mm longer than the first model released almost two decades ago.

No, this hybrid powertrain won't exempt you from number-coding. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Powering the Swift is a new 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine (code-named Z12E), with choices of a stand-alone internal combustion or a mild hybrid system, both mated to a CVT for both front-wheel drive and full-time four-wheel drive.

Exclusive to the Hybrid MZ trim, the pull-up handbrake is replaced with an electric parking brake with a hold function.

Almost every Japanese manufacturer has a connected-services app nowadays, and Suzuki is no exception. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

All Swift models have a nine-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with Drive Recorder Linkage, allowing owners to link a compatible dashcam to record and capture in the system. Also in the package is an instant connection with its service app, Suzuki Connect.

Can the Philippine-spec Swift receive the same paint treatment as in Japan? PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

No launch date and prices for the new Swift have been announced for the Japanese market, but Maruti Suzuki will inevitably handle its production for Southeast Asia.

What do you think of the new generation of this supermini?

Justin Young

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