While Suzuki offered this electrification on selected models before, the model’s new 82bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine now comes with an upgraded 12-volt hybrid system, as well as a larger battery for greater energy recovery.
The powertrain’s integrated starter generator acts as both a generator and a starter motor, and assists the engine when accelerating and easing off – helping to improve efficiency. It means the Swift will now return 57.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of 111g/km. Alongside a manual gearbox, a new CVT automatic gearbox will also be available.
Suzuki offers a four-wheel-drive Swift, too, featuring the firm’s AllGrip traction system to improve capability, and is the only supermini to be sold with such a feature.
Elsewhere Suzuki has bolstered standard kit, with the introduction of a new entry-level SZ-L grade, which replaces SZ3. It gains LED headlights, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and a touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is priced from £14,749.
Mid-spec SZ-T (costing from £16,249) brings 16-inch alloy wheels, autonomous emergency braking, rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring, with the top-spec SZ5 adding climate control, keyless entry and satellite navigation. This is available from £17,749.