CBU units of Suzuki Swift are available in Malaysia, hence the hefty price tag at RM78,888 for a small hatchback. Now, locally assembled in Pekan, Pahang, CKD units will be available in two variants - GL, which is selling at RM67,811.50 (solid) and GLX at RM75,919.50 (solid), both OTR with insurance and has the same 1.4 litre engine mated to automatic transmission. Metallic paint will add around RM500 into each of the price mentioned.
The GLX variant has the same specs offered in the CBU unit, but is selling RM2000 cheaper than CBU unit. On the other hand, GL variant is about RM10,000 cheaper than before, of course some features are omitted in order to achieve such reasonable price tag.
GL variant has only driver airbag, four speakers instead of six in the GLX, automatic aircond in the GLX is replaced by manual aircond in the GL and wears 15-inch steel covers instead of 16-inch alloy wheels in the GLX. Other than that, features such as keyless entry and push-start button, steering audio buttons and retractable wing mirror with indicator found in the GLX are omitted from the GL.
Yes, the lowering the pricing will definitely attract more buyers, and the Swift is an awesome car to drive! (Check out my review of the Swift here) However, sacrificing safety (from two airbags to only one) isn't what I would call 'added value'...
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