The first image of the third-generation Swift Sport
Third-generation model of the popular pocket rocket will get a turbocharger for the first time
Featuring the new car, its predecessor and also rallying variants, the video shows the sporting traits Suzuki wants to emphasise with its new car.
The Japanese brand has previously said that the model has “undergone a complete redesign and delivers an all-new level of excitement for sport-minded drivers across the world”.
For the first time, the Swift Sport will have a turbocharged engine. It will be a more potent version of the 138bhp 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine used in the Vitara crossover. This will replace the current naturally aspirated 1.6-litre 136bhp engine.
All of the positive traits of the preceding two Swift Sports are expected to carry over to the new car, including the engaging handling, impressive body control, slick manual gearbox, subtle bodykit and low kerbweight. The latter could even drop to less than 1000kg; the current model weighs in at 1045kg.
The arrival of the next-generation hot hatch follows the reveal of the standard Swift hatchback at the Geneva motor show in March. In addition to traditional engines, that car is available with a mild-hybrid powertrain option for the first time.
The Swift Sport’s specification is expected to echo the top-of-the-range SZ5 Swift and include a 4.2in LCD display in place of instrument dials as well as new driver assist technology, including a forward detection system that uses a monocolour camera and laser sensor that can see in the dark.
This provides the driver with a visual and audio warning when an impact is deemed likely, before triggering autonomous emergency braking. The technology offers lane departure warning and high beam assist, and an additional radar device enables adaptive cruise control.