2020 Suzuki Swift updates are so minor, you need to read this to see them

Updated Sep 21, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

For now, the updates are available on the Japanese versions only.

The Suzuki Swift. It has been a rock-solid hatchback for many Filipinos who want an affordable, economical, and practical vehicle that also handles well in the city. Now in its fourth-generation model, the Swift has grown into a stylish, modern, and very planted city going hatchback. 

SWIFT | "Swift Uplifts You" | Suzuki

In its home market in Japan, the Suzuki Swift has been given several updates. These updates however will need to be pointed out, because these are so minor that some people might not spot them right away.

2020 Suzuki Swift: Exterior Changes

When it comes to exterior styling, Suzuki has given the updated Suzuki Swift a new grille. The shape and size remain that same from the previous version, but now it has this chrome plastic strip dividing the grille in two. Apart from that, the updated Swift also gets new mesh inserts and a different looking set of wheels.

A picture of the new Suzuki Swift

Looks at the new chrome strip dividing the grille in two

Another significant change for the updated 2020 Suzuki Swift is more color choices than before. These however are for the two-tone versions, which you’ll note are not available here in the Philippines. The Pillars however still keep their dark color, which provides for a “floating roof” appearance.

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2020 Suzuki Swift: Interior and Safety Changes

Step inside, and you’ll find that the only change in the Swift’s interior is the addition of the new “omnidirectional camera” for the Swift Hybrid.

The aforementioned Swift Hybrid variant also comes with autonomous emergency braking, departure assist, and autonomous emergency braking. This variant of the Suzuki made hatchback, however, is yet to enter the Philippines.

A picture of the Suzuki Swift's interior

When it comes to how it looks inside, the Japanese update looks the same as the previous version

For the non-hybrid versions, there were no changes made with regards to safety features, and these still have antilock braking with electronic brake distribution, dual front airbags, brake assist function, and the TECT impact-absorbing body.  

2020 Suzuki Swift: Engine and Performance

For the Japanese release of the 2020 Suzuki Swift, it’s still using the K12C 1.2-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. The said engine makes 88 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, and 118 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Note that the Philippine-spec Swift uses the slightly less powerful K12M engine, which makes 82 horsepower and 113 Nm of torque at the same rpm range.

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A picture of the Suzuki Swift update for Japan

We really hope that the hybrid and turbocharged Swift gets here to the Philippines too

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With regards to a Philippine release of the slightly updated Swift, there’s no news yet from Suzuki Philippines. We’re predicting however that apart from the minor exterior changes, our updated Swift will likely carry over the same safety features, interiors, and the K12C engine found on the current version.

If you ask us about the Swift Hybrid, then we’ll also have to say that we’re waiting for that too. And oh, the coveted turbocharged Swift Sport remains to be a dream for now.

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Know more about Suzuki Swift 2022

Suzuki Swift

The Swift is the Japanese small-car expert Suzuki's entry into the growing demand for reliable subcompact hatchbacks. For the Philippine market, the Suzuki Swift 2021- 2022 has one variant which is the Swift 1.2 CVT. It comes with a price tag of Php 844,000.  

Powering the Philippine-spec Suzuki Swift is a 1.2-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. This four-banger can make up to 82 horsepower and 113 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) only. Power is then sent to its front wheels. 

Size-wise, the Suzuki Swift 3,840mm long, 1,735mm wide, and 1,495mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,450mm, and a ground clearance of 120mm.  

Locally, the Swift Philippines competes against the likes of the Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Brio, Kia Picanto, and the Mazda2 Hatchback. 

₱ 844,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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