From the leaked pictures, which were published on an American news site and have since circulated elsewhere, it’s clear to see the car’s evolution to a more grown-up design than the current Swift, despite the similar features such as the familiar floating roof.
The majority of the changes have taken place at the front of the car, where there's a new nose with a hexagonal grille and large air intakes. The front lights mirror a similar design used on the upcoming Baleno.
At the rear of the silver car, twin exhausts poking out from a black diffuser suggest that it is the hot Swift Sport version, while black trim accents the C-pillar’s DS 3-like design and also hide the rear door handles. The red car, which is likely to be the regular Swift, is obscured from the rear bumper downwards.
A small spoiler extends from the more steeply-sloping roof line of the new Swift, with this being enlarged for the Swift Sport. Both models also feature what appear to be diamond-cut alloys. Interior shots show a large infotainment screen dominating the dashboard, while conventional dials sit behind the large flat-bottomed steering wheel. Sporty red trim features in one of the images, while the other has more conventionally-coloured interior trim; the former is likely to be fitted to the Swift Sport.
Although the images appear to show a full car, a Suzuki source has cast doubt over the pictures, pointing out that although they show the Swift, they only depict a design study, and the look of the car is liable to change before it reaches production.
Engines are likely to be carried across from the Baleno, with Suzuki’s new generation of Boosterjet units, including the 1.0-litre from the Baleno and 1.4 from the Vitara, as well as the 1.2 Dualjet also seen in the Baleno. No confirmation on prices has been made, however.
Suzuki remains tight-lipped on when we’ll first see the Swift, although the car is slated for release in the second half of 2017. This means it’s likely to make its European debut at next year’s Geneva motor show, following a global launch at the Tokyo motor show.
The Swift Sport will follow the Swift, up to a year after the supermini is launched.