Suzuki has introduced the Swift facelift ("minor model change" in auto industry lingo) in the Japanese market and after much difficulty, we've decoded technologies and new additions that have climbed on-board the JDM model from the press release printed in Japanese.
The Swift facelift marketed in Europe changed very little (the exterior color option and the LED light work on the foglight surrounds were the only notable inclusions) but for the Japanese market, there's a bit more to talk about.
The Suzuki Swift facelift comes with a "dual jet engine" (DJE) which has nothing to do with valve timing or direct injection. What this technology essentially is, is combining regenerative braking mechanism and an idling stop system to the 1.2-liter K Series engine.
These inclusions cause an improvement to the fuel efficiency which now stands at 26.4km/liter of gasoline in the Japanese driving cycle, exempting the car from all taxes. Three variants with DJE have been introduced.
Suzuki has designed a dedicated display to judge the degree of your eco-friendliness behind the wheel. It also encourages eco-driving in a very unique method described in the image above.
Suzuki Swift facelift 'ene-Charge' TVC
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For Japan, all Swift variants sport ESP as standard. The design of the front bumper and grill have changed. The 'Swift RS' variant gets exclusive body skirts to get a more aggressive appearance.
The Suzuki Swift facelift comes in a total of seven variants - XG-DJE, XL-DJE, XS-DJE, XG, XL, special edition Swift RS, and XS. You can choose variants with a 5-speed MT, CVT, 2WD and 4WD. The updated car's price ranges from 1,279,950 yen (7.54 lakh rupees) to 1,787,100 yen (10.54 lakh rupees).
[Images are from the official Suzuki Japan website]