The Suzuki Swift debuted in 2000, but its roots stretch back to the debut of the Cultus in 1983, which was rebadged as the Swift in countries other than Japan. The second-gen Swift hit the market in 2004 and the third — and current — generation launched in 2010. Heading into the 2014 model year, the Swift receives a new SZ-L Special Edition that receives some fancy paint work.
The term "Special Edition" is supposed to apply to something truly special. Unfortunately, the automotive industry is prone to abusing this term, so we are not surprised to hear that this "special edition" Suzuki isn’t really all that special.
This Swift SZ-L does have features that standard Swift models don’t have, so we have to give Suzuki some credit here. Suzuki is packaging the Swift SZ-L Special Edition by adding an exclusive two-tone metallic paint finish with a choice of either a Boost Blue or a Cosmic Black hue. Both colors come with a contrasting Cool White roof, not to mention a rear spoiler, and door mirrors.
And...that’s about it.
Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki Swift SZ-L Special Edition.
Suzuki Swift SZ-L Special Edition in detail
The company says its the most powerful in its class.
The model also carries a variety of features that come standard, including air conditioning, a USB port, Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, and seven airbags. We’re guessing that those technically count as special edition offerings, but if they’re not, at least Suzuki was nice enough to still offer them.
The Suzuki Swift takes its power from a 1.2-liter, Dual VVT engine that produces 90 horsepower. The company says its the most powerful in its class, so we’ll take its word for it. More importantly, the engine also offers incredible fuel efficiency numbers, returning 56.5 mpg on the combined European cycle.
Apparently, that means you get bang for your pounds because you get a sportier-looking Swift at the cost of a standard model.
For our friends in the UK, this is your model because it doesn’t look like it’s headed to our neck of the woods, given Suzuki pulled out of the U.S. market. You can also take comfort knowing that Suzuki says the Swift SZ-L belongs in the "11E" insurance group — same as the rest of the Swift range.
Apparently, that means you get bang for your pounds because you get a sportier-looking Swift at the cost of a standard model. The company didn’t explicitly say how much the car is going to cost but it go into great detail to highlight its payment options, including a PCH (Personal Contract Hire) option for the five-door model that’ll only cost you £145 ($278 as of 7/11/2014) per month spread over 42 months with a down payment of £1,740 ($2,975).
That or you can opt for a the low rate PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) option that’ll take £149 ($255) from your pockets per month in the same duration with an initial deposit of £1,699 ($2,905).
Following the strong success of the Special Edition Swift SZ-L from earlier this year, Suzuki has now reintroduced it with an additional production run for the second half of the year.
The SZ-L is based on the 1.2-litre SZ3, which is well equipped as standard with seven airbags, ESP, air conditioning, USB port and Bluetooth and LED daytime running lights and adds exclusive two-tone metallic paintwork in either Boost Blue or Cosmic Black with contrasting Cool White roof, rear spoiler and door mirrors.
The Swift SZ-L offers value for money in terms of running costs and purchase price; the 1.2-litre Dual VVT 94PS engine is one of the most powerful in its class, but offers low emissions of just 116g/km CO2 costing £30 in annual VED after the first year and returns a frugal 56.5mpg on the combined cycle.
SZ-L is in insurance group 11E, the same low group as the rest of the Swift range, making it the ideal purchase for younger Swift fans who want to own a more striking, design led car for an affordable cost.
A range of flexible payment options from Suzuki Financial Services are available too with a PCH (Personal Contract Hire) option for the five-door model at just £145 per month. This is spread over a 42 month term with an initial down payment of £1,740.
Alternatively, a low rate PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) is on offer and the five-door model is available for £149 per month, also over a 42 month term and with an initial deposit of £1,699.