Suzuki To Make Swift Return In 2011


2011 Suzuki Swift spy shots

2011 Suzuki Swift spy shots

The last time the American market saw a Suzuki Swift was in 2001. Some of you might not remember the Swift, but you might recall its very close cousin the Geo Metro. The Suzuki Swift was originally named the Suzuki Cultus and first introduced to the Japanese market in 1983. From 1983 on, the Cultus was marketed in seven countries under several different nameplates, the most well known of which were Suzuki Swift and Geo Metro. Since 2001 we have been without the Swift nameplate, but recent news has pointed to the return of the Suzuki Swift for 2011.

Suzuki couldn’t have picked a better time to revive the Suzuki Swift for the U.S. automotive market. This is a time where C.A.F.E standards have spurred car manufacturers around the world to start reviving small car options like the all-new 2011 Ford Fiesta or 2011 Mazda2. Chevrolet even has a redesigned 2011 Chevrolet Aveo coming to market to try and keep GM in the game. There have been rumors about the new Suzuki Swift for a bit, but now we have Spy Shots courtesy of our partner over at MotorAuthority.com.

From what we can tell, the new Swift has looks that can compete with the likes of the Fiat 500, MINI Cooper and maybe even the Kia Soul. The swift is expected to be offered with an optional all-wheel drive system and a range of engine options from a 1.2-liter to 1.6-liter four-cylinders. For the U.S. it is our and MotorAuthority.com’s expectation that Suzuki will stick with the larger 1.6-liter engine.

Bottom line—A familiar name that was once known for cheap and reliable fun is coming back to try and win over the American consumer.

 

Be sure to roll over to MotorAuthority.com for a complete set of 2011 Suzuki Swift Spy Shots

 
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