The single image shows key aesthetic differences to the current GLX Turbo range topper (pictured below) including a more aggressive front end with downward tapered grille and revised bumper. Other noticeable tweaks include a gloss black front lip with matching side skirts, and 17-inch wheels.
Suzuki hasn’t released any further information about its new pocket rocket beyond promising “an all-new level of excitement for sport minded drivers across the world”. However, it is expected to utilise the 103kW/220Nm 1.4-litre ‘Boosterjet’ turbocharged in-line four that powers the 2017 Vitara S Turbo and S-Cross Turbo – which would be the first time a Swift Sport has gone with forced induction over revvy naturally aspirated engines.
Power and torque figures for the Sport is more open to speculation, though a sub-1000kg kerb weight means it shouldn’t require the same 140kW-plus outputs of its light hot-hatch competitors such as the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Renault Clio RS.
Even with the SUV performance figures the 1.4-litre turbo is more powerful than the naturally aspirated 1.6-litre Swift Sport it replaces, which only developed 100kW/160Nm. And it has significantly more grunt than the 82kW/160Nm 1.0-litre three-pot turbo powering the GLX.
As well as a five-speed manual gearbox, logic would dictate the donk is mated to the same six-speed automatic transmission in the GLX, which would be a vast improvement over the previous-gen Sport’s CVT.
It’s too soon to talk costs, but going by the premium the previous Sport attracted over the GLX, expect retail pricing to start from about $25,000 for the manual version.