Images of the 2017 Suzuki Swift and Swift Sport have been leaked online, long ahead of the car’s launch in the second half of next year
Jimi Beckwith
18 March 2016

The 2017 Suzuki Swift’s design has leaked in images that have surfaced online, showing the new look of the supermini, as well as its hot Swift Sport counterpart.

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. 

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18 March 2016
...the more they stay the same. Car styling appears to have regressed to the same low as in the very early '90s when a lot of cars were looking the same (bland and uninspiring; think Montego, Rover 216, Mk3 Cavalier, Bluebird etc.) until Rover broke the chain by re-adopting their traditional grille. The problem now is a lack of imagination - "let's have an Audi style grille" (Hyundai, and now Suzuki); a floating roof (Vauxhall Adam, Renault Captur, New Astra) high-shouldered rear quarters (Nissan Juke, Ssangyong Tivoli, new Swift) - and on it goes. Can we have some free-thinking design, please?

18 March 2016
Nothing original there. That floating rear pillar affectation on modern cars is starting to annoy me already. Why copy it? The front end is very Hyundai i20. Are we supposed to be excited?

18 March 2016
Absolutely agree. Car design has hit rock bottom. See the Jaguar XJ thread on Ian Callum.

18 March 2016
Agree with the above comments:the impractical concealed rear door handles and already clichéd D-pillar treatment are indicative of a failure of imagination on Suzuki's part. Shame, after the handsome Mk1 and its doppelganger, the Mk2.

18 March 2016
Nissan must have flogged them the kit as a reward for something. Sad thing from a maker who was always that bit different previously

what's life without imagination

18 March 2016
On a bit of a roll at the moment, Swift, Vitara, SX4, Jimny and Baleno all bar the last two get great reviews (Jimny loved by the people who count, the owners).


Hydrogen cars just went POP

18 March 2016
Rear door handles being concealed (as per current Renault Clio, and Mk2 SEAT Leon)might suggest that no 3dr option will be available, but this makes no sense if the new Ignis and Baleno are marketed at the same time. Suspect it will look better on the road and age quite well again, just needs a 5 year warranty.

20 March 2016
Having a great history of making fun and quirky econoboxes, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles, it's sad to see how much Suzuki has deteriorated to the point that they no longer have just one memorable or notable model. The Swift has been such well known model in the 80's and 90's with models ranging from frugal to fun and peppy (GTi). This new Swift model is just an uneventful mish-mash of trendy car design elements: large gaping Audi-like shield grille, floating roof panel, and a very generic looking interior which lacks in character in any way. Suzuki is leading the way for a small vollection Japanese car companies that don't see the importance of innovation, engineering, and original/distinctive design. Mitsubishi will most likely follow...

20 March 2016
I think its a big shame if there's no 3-door version, too many manufacturers are deserting this format. I like,and only need, a small car, but with long legs and a back problem, I find the very short doors of 5-door versions really awkward to negotiate. Manufacturers reckon they're filling every niche, and offering more choice than ever, but they're failing to cover some of the more basic options.

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