As the picture shows, the Swift Sport is more aggressively styled than standard models, with a downward tapered grille and revised bumper treatment. Other noticeable tweaks include a gloss black front lip with matching side skirts, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Suzuki hasn’t released any further information beyond promising “an all-new level of excitement for sport minded drivers across the world.”
Whether or not the engine will be tweaked for hot hatch duties is unknown at this point, though the Swift Sport’s sub-1000kg kerb weight means it shouldn’t require the same 140kW-plus outputs of its rivals, such as the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Renault Clio RS, to be competitive.
This would be the first time a Swift Sport has gone with a turbocharged engine over a naturally aspirated donk.
Going off the 1.4’s outputs in the SUVs mentioned above, the Boosterjet turbo is more powerful than the naturally aspirated 110kW/160Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder of the old Swift Sport. It also has significantly more grunt than the 82kW/160Nm 1.0-litre three-pot turbo powering the GLX Turbo that currently tops the Swift range.
Swift Sport is expected to be offered with a five-speed manual gearbox as well as a conventional automatic gearbox like the Swift GLX, which would be a vast improvement over the previous-gen Sport’s CVT.
A retail cost is yet to be revealed, but if the pricing structure of the previous generation is anything to go by expect Swift Sport to start from about $25,000 with a manual gearbox, and a little more with the auto.