BAIC D20 vs. Suzuki Swift: A brief comparison!

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Sazgar Engineering Works Limited, in collaboration with BAIC, showcased a D20 at the Pakistan International Auto Show 2020 held at the Expo Centre Lahore from 21st – 23rd February 2020. The 5-door hatchback is a much-anticipated introduction in the local sector of Pakistan as this segment has the highest demand in the market. For years, Pak Suzuki dominated in the hatchback category owing to the lack of any competition from other auto manufacturers producing cars in the country. Sazgar – BAIC has not yet announced the exact launch date of the D20 hatchback in Pakistan but surely is a part of the company’s plans ahead.

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As far as the competition in the local auto industry is concerned, BAIC D20 will be a serious competitor of Suzuki Swift. In Pakistan, Suzuki Swift is in 1st generation model and being produced by Pak Suzuki since 2010. In this blog, we will particularly focus on a brief comparison of specifications and features of BAIC D20 and Suzuki Swift.

Power train:

BAIC D20 hatchback comes under two engine options i.e., 1.3-liter A131 petrol engine coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 1.5-liter A151 petrol engine mated to both 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission. The hatchback comes with the Euro V emissions standard and front-wheel-drive system.

On the other hand, Suzuki Swift is powered by a 4-cylinder M13A 1328 cc engine that produces a maximum output power of 67 hp at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 114 Nm at 4000 rpm. The hatchback of Pak Suzuki comes paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic transmission system and uses a multipoint injection system.

Braking and Suspension:

BAIC D20 is powered with ventilated disc brakes at the front wheels and conventional drum brakes at the rear side. In terms of suspension, the front wheels have McPherson independent suspension, whereas, on the rear side, H-type torsion beam suspension is provided by the company.

Suzuki Swift is also provided with ventilated disc brakes at the front wheels while the rear side has drum brakes. Also, the hatchback has MacPherson strut and coil spring suspension at the front and torsion beam and coil spring suspension at the rear end of the vehicle.

Dimensions:

The 5-door D20 hatchback has a body length of 4040 mm, and it is 1720 mm wide. It has a total height of 1503 mm from the ground level, and the wheelbase extends up to 2500 mm. BAIC D20 has a capacity of 45 liters in its fuel tank.

In contrast, Suzuki Swift has comparatively lesser body length i.e., 3755 mm. It also has a body width of 1690 mm, which is close to D20. It has slightly more height than its counterpart i.e., 1525 mm. The hatchback has a wheelbase of 2390 mm and a fuel storage capacity of 43 liters.

BAIC D20 Exterior:

BAIC D20 has a modern-looking exterior with chrome designing in the front radiator grille. It has stylish integral headlights offered with daytime running lights (DRL’s). The headlamps also have a time-delay switch that turns them off and height adjustment features. The windshield wiper has a multi-level operation with a rain sensor. The outside rear-view door mirrors are electrically foldable, adjustable, and heated with integrated side-turn signals.

The 1.3L variant comes with a standard tyre size of 175/65 R14 with steel wheels while the 1.5L versions are offered with 185/60 R14 tyre size and aluminum alloy rims.

Suzuki Swift has a chrome front radiator grille and halogen projector headlamps accompanied by fog lamps underneath. The outside rear-view door mirrors are body-colored and electrically adjustable. It’s provided by 2-speed front windscreen wipers with adjustable intermittent and washer. The outside door handles are also body-colored. The rear side also has a high-mounted brake lamp and comes with a muffler extension.

BAIC D20 Interior:

The interior of BAIC D20 also looks attractive at first glance due to the chrome trims. Some of its salient features are:

  • Fabric Seats
  • 3-spoke Leather Steering Wheel
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Sun Visors (Driver + Passenger)
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Windows
  • Auto Trunk Light
  • Coat Hook
  • Reading Light with Time-delay Switch off
  • Cigar Lighter
  • White Light Dashboard
  • Centre Armrest

BAIC D20 InteriorSuzuki Swift has the same old interior that was first introduced by the company in its initial production. However, let’s have a look at a few features it has on offer for the customers:

  • 3-spoke Power Steering Wheel
  • Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Tachometer
  • Digital Clock
  • Power Windows (Front + Rear)
  • Low Fuel Warning
  • Manual Air-conditioning System
  • Chromed Inside Door Openers
  • Cigarette Lighter & Ashtray
  • Silver Garnish Shift Knob
  • Centre Console Box
  • Sun Visor & Assist Grips
  • 3-position Front Cabin Light
  • Day/Night Rear View Mirror

Entertainment features:

For entertainment purposes, the hatchback D20 is provided with a 6.5-inch touchscreen with single-disc CD, USB, AUX, Radio, and GPS connectivity. The manual versions have 4 speakers while the automatic variants are provided with 6 speakers.

The steering wheel also has multi-controls integrated into it. In comparison to this, Suzuki Swift is powered by a basic CD + AM/FM tuner with USB connectivity provided with 4 speakers for entertainment purposes.

Control, Safety & Security features:

The auto manufacturer has offered various safeties in its hatchback model of D20. It also has controls that help in the control and security of the vehicle. Some of these are mentioned below:

  • ABS + EBD
  • Airbags (Driver + Passenger)
  • 3-point seat belts (Front and Rear)
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • ISO FIX Child Safety
  • Brake Override System
  • Cruise Control
  • Retractable Steering Column
  • High-Mounted LED Brake Lamp
  • Automatic Latch System – Speed Sensor
  • Anti-theft Alarm System

Suzuki Swift also offers a few safety and security features to its customers, as mentioned below:

  • ABS + EBD
  • 3-point ELR seat belts with Adjuster
  • Childproof Rear Door locks
  • Immobilizer
  • High-mounted Stop Lamp
  • Remote Control Door Locking System
  • Driver’s Seat belt Reminder

Price:

The expected price of BAIC D20 is PKR 1,900,000 in the local market. If it’s correct, this would be an extremely smart move by the company to grab the market. On the other hand, Suzuki Swift comes under the following price in accordance with its two variants available in the market:

  • Suzuki Swift DLX Navigation PKR 1,995,000/-
  • Suzuki Swift DLX A/T Navigation PKR 2,140,000/-

Nonetheless, Suzuki Swift has never enjoyed free-flowing sales for the auto manufacturer in Pakistan. However, the company is yet to discontinue the model and introduce the next generation of Swift in Pakistan. What do you think the introduction of BAIC D20 will further damage the sales of Swift in Pakistan and force the automaker to change the model? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and stay tuned to PakWheels blog for more similar comparisons of cars in Pakistan.

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