U.K. spec Suzuki Swift bags 4 star safety rating

The 2011 Suzuki Swift for U.K. has obtained a 4-star NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) rating, making it one of the safest hatchbacks to drive. Safety features that have helped the Swift achieve this feat comprise driver and passenger airbags, curtain airbags and body built of high tensile steel that is light yet tough.

It must be noted that the U.S.-specific Swift has already achieved a high 3-star pedestrian rating since the car’s front bumpers are made of materials that crush and absorb impact energy, thereby, reducing pedestrian injury during an accident. Besides, the car’s hood, wipers and wheel fenders are crushable.

The U.K.-specific Suzuki Swift also comes with ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist as standard. To avoid leg injuries to the driver during a frontal crash, the 2011 Swift comes with a redesigned gas pedal, brake pedal and clutch pedal. Other minor safety measures include pre-tensioned seat belts and safer headrest design.

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Photo: 2011 Maruti Suzuki Swift

The India-bound 2011 Swift, too, will be safer than the existing model, but will not be loaded with as many safety features as the ones sold in Europe and U.S. models. However, ABS and EBD could be offered in the top-end petrol version. Also read: Whats different in the 2011 Maruti Suzuki Swift

The new Swift, expected to be launched in India by mid-2011, will also have a headlight that is swept further up the front fender. The bonnet will be raised and will close on top of the fender, keeping with the new design trends. The rear quarter glass will have a new shape and the redesigned clear-lens tail lamps will lend a sharply raked look.

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Photo: 2011 Maruti Suzuki Swift rear

The number plate will be placed higher than in the current Swift. The angle of the rear wind screen, too, is slightly altered. The wheelbase has been increased which results in increased legroom in the rear and marginally improved shoulder room. Besides, the dimensions suggest that the new Swift is longer and shorter compared to the Swift presently on sale.

On the inside, expect some minor refreshments to justify the individuality of the upcoming Swift. There could be a redesigned centre console to give the car a premium appeal. The 2011 Swift may take several design cues from the Suzuki Kizashi premium sedan, especially the instrument panel layout that sports a chrome-rimmed speedometer, tachometer, temperature and fuel gauge. Related: New maruti Suzuki Swift Spied

Maruti will most likely retain the same 1.2-litre, K-series petrol engine that produces 84 bhp of maximum power and the 1.3-litre, DDiS diesel engine that produces 75 bhp of maximum power in the new Swift.