I’ll just go ahead and get the plays on words out the window now – Suzuki’s making a splash ahead of summer. I’m sorry, that was terrible, but Suzuki is hoping the arrival of the Splash will have a far greater effect on the brand’s sales than my silly jokes.
The Splash, which slots between the Alto and Swift in the local product line-up, provides a miniature MPV cross hatchback combination, with the aim to provide nippy drivability and cleverly packaged space in a compact footprint – providing a more viable competitor for the likes of the Hyundai i10 where the Alto just couldn’t quite match up.
The Splash – co-engineered with Opel who produce the Agila – rides on a shortened Swift platform which should lend itself to a compliant ride and agile handling. The Splash will be powered by the familiar 1.2-litre petrol engine found in the Swift 1.2 providing figures of 63kW @ 6000rpm and 113Nm @ 4500rpm. The low capacity engine, known for its frugality, will drive the 14-inch steel front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox, with the option of a four-speed auto available.
The 3.8 metre long hatch will be available in two specifications, GA and GL. The base spec. GA model will be available solely in manual spec, with a slim specification list including air-con, central locking, 60/40 split rear seats, dual airbags and ABS brakes. The Splash 1.2 GL features colour-coded door handles, front fog lamps, and a rear spoiler on the exterior, and a rev counter, 4-speaker CD audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs, steering wheel audio controls, keyless entry and electric windows on the inside over and above the standard kit on the GA.
Pricing on the Suzuki Splash starts at R124 900 for the 1.2 GA, whilst the manual GL model costs R134 900. The GL Auto retails for R 149 900.