Suzuki’s signature runabout is now in its fourth model generation, with a whole raft of improvements to its exterior, interior and driving technology. The RS variant has a 1-litre 3-cylinder Boosterjet turbo engine matched to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. “Big-car” options for the little Swift include adaptive cruise control and a collision-mitigating auto brake system. The new Swift could come to Singapore in the second half of this year.
For 2017, Volkswagen’s core model has been given a tasteful redesign, better engines, greatly improved infotainment, nicer interior trims and high-tech assistance systems. The renewed Golf is expected to make its way to Singapore by the end of 2017, with the first model probably the entry-level 1-litre, replacing the 1.2. At the other end of the revamped Golf range are the newly improved GTI and R hot hatches.
VOLVO V90 CROSS COUNTRY
This is a luxurious station wagon that can explore the countryside in Singapore, Malaysia or farther afield. Its “Cross Country” label means an increased ride height, a toughened chassis and optimised all-wheel-drive, while retaining the V90’s comforts and load-lugging capabilities. The V90 Cross Country will arrive in the 2nd quarter of 2017.