Suzuki’s next-generation small hot hatch will get 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine; due late next year

The much-loved Suzuki Swift Sport will switch to a turbocharged engine with its next-generation model.

The new Swift Sport is due to reach the UK by the end of next year following the launch of the new standard Swift supermini in the summer.

Power for the Swift Sport will come from a more potent version of the 138bhp 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine already used in the Vitara crossover. This will replace the high-revving 136bhp normally aspirated 1.6-litre engine used in the current car. Expect all of the traits that have given the first two generations of Swift Sport cult status to carry over to the new car, including the engaging handling, impressive body control, slick manual gearbox, subtle bodykit and low kerb weight, which could even drop to less than 1000kg in the next-generation car.

The standard version of the next-generation Swift received an early online debut in March when images of a design concept were leaked. The proportions remain similar to those of the current model, but the design features an altogether sharper and more technical look, with sculpted body sides and a more distinctive treatment for the C-pillars.

The interior of the new Swift was also previewed, With the cabin of the design concept appearing to be much more premium and of a higher quality than that of the current Swift, with improved switchgear and materials and an infotainment screen in the centre console.

In the standard new Swift range, the big news will be the arrival of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine from the Baleno.

The Swift will not be the next new Suzuki to market, however. The firm’s recent product expansion will continue with a production version of last year’s iM-4 compact SUV concept. This will be the firm’s smallest SUV and sister car to the existing Celerio.

The production version of the new compact SUV is expected at the Paris show later this year before going on sale early next year. 

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31 May 2016
Another Suzuki the company should consider bringing over is a tidied up version of the 8th generation Alto that was launched in 2014 and has yet to appear in the UK.

31 May 2016
Watch GM try to muscle in and stick a Vauxhall badge on it at some point, like they do with all Suzuki models and the media shoults oh how wonderful!
Suzuki makes some cracking little cars and 4x4s, its a shame they are limited by their tie-up with GM.

31 May 2016
Watch GM try to muscle in and stick a Vauxhall badge on it at some point, like they do with all Suzuki models and the media shouts oh how wonderful!
Suzuki makes some cracking little cars and 4x4s, its a shame they are limited by their tie-up with GM.

31 May 2016
Vauxhall put a badge on a Swift, what do they call it? Anyhow, the current car looked good enough for me to arrange a test drive and it only failed on a few point likes a badly positioned sat-nav that I couldn't see in daylight and more importantly an engine that needed > 4000 virtually all the time. The new turbo'd model should be great. Suzuki are on a bit of a roll at the moment!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

31 May 2016
Come on guys, Suzuki bought back their shares from GM years ago. It was the wagonR and Splash that Suzuki developed and allowed GM to use.
Suzuki have always been undervalued and written off by the journos. The people that matter those that put their money into their Suzuki know what they are doing.
Onwards and upwards for an individualistic auto maker.
This Swift will be a stunner.

whiteliner

31 May 2016
whiteliner wrote:

Come on guys, Suzuki bought back their shares from GM years ago. It was the wagonR and Splash that Suzuki developed and allowed GM to use.
Suzuki have always been undervalued and written off by the journos. The people that matter those that put their money into their Suzuki know what they are doing.
Onwards and upwards for an individualistic auto maker.
This Swift will be a stunner.

You're being to polite, to sum up Factczech just wanted to rubbish Vauxhall

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

31 May 2016
GM/vauxhall still can't make their cars go round corners hard not even the new super dooper Astra (huge yawn, where is the sick bag, car of the year - what ??????????!!!!!)

whiteliner

31 May 2016
and hoping the new Swift looks like the picture above. Just wish they would spend a few hundred pounds more on each unit (the cars would still undercut the competition) to lift the refinement and material quality closer to much of the competition. Good though they are, I've been frustrated with each of mine for being 'nearly cars'.

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