Suzuki unveils a sport version of its Swift model at the Paris motor show
30 September 2010

Suzuki has unveiled a sport version of its Swift hatchback at the Paris motor show.

The production Sukuki Swift Sport - inspired by this car - will arrive in the UK in the second half of 2011.

See the official pics of the new Suzuki Swift - plus pics of the Suzuki Sport from the Paris motor show

It gets a tweaked version of the 1.6 in the standard Swift and chassis improvements combining to produce a much more dynamic drive.

The show car has a rear spoiler, a new front splitter and honeycomb lower grille, a lower ride height and sits on all-black alloy wheels.

Read more about the Suzuki Kizashi Sport

Suzuki is also expected to reveal a European-spec sport version of the Kizashi Sport in Paris, after the US-spec version was unveiled at the New York motor show in April.

Suzuki is still questioning whether to bring the standard Kizashi saloon to the UK. The main sticking point is the car’s 2.4-litre petrol engine, which will confine it to the domestic retail market, blocking it from fleet and commercial use.

Read Autocar’s full road test of the Suzuki Swift

Read Autocar’s first drive review of the Suzuki Swift

The US model of the Kizashi launched at New York had similar features to the Swift model unveiled today.

It featured 18in alloy wheels, a 10mm lower ride height, a honeycomb lower grille and new front bumper, side skirts, and a small rear spoiler. On the inside, the vehicle had a perforated leather steering wheel.

The new standard Swift supermini is already on sale in the UK, costing from £9995. It is available in three specification grades – SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4 with the top-of-the-range SZ4 five-door automatic costing £13,245.

In addition to seven airbags and ESP, the SZ2 has front passenger deactivation facility, electric front windows, remote central locking, MP3/WMA CD tuner with USB port and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

SZ3 adds manual air-conditioning and 16-inch alloy wheels, with the SZ4 coming with automatic air-con, Bluetooth integrated audio unit, electric rear windows, push-button keyless start, automatic headlamps and cruise control as standard.

All models have a Euro NCAP five-star safety rating.

The new Swift is larger than its predecessor, with a 90mm increase in length, a 50mm increase in wheelbase and a 10mm increase in height.

Power comes from a new Euro 5-compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine incorporating dual VVT (variable intake and exhaust valve timing).

It produces 92bhp at 6000rpm, slightly more than the outgoing 1.3-litre unit. Torque is also improved to 87lb ft at 4800rpm.

Fuel consumption has improved by 7.8mpg over the previous 1.3-litre unit to 56.5mpg.

Emissions are lower, too; the new 1.2 litre produces 116g/km on the combined cycle – representing a 17 per cent improvement over the previous model.

A revised 1.3-litre diesel will be added next spring, which will emit 109g/km (down from 119g/km) and has a combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. See all the latest Suzuki Swift reviews, news and video

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1 September 2010

Oh aye, posting stuff from the future are we Autocar? It isn't the 2nd of September until tomorrow :P Plus, these prices have been on Suzuki's website until yesterday at least! Slow much? Anyway... £9995 is still dear for a supermini me thinks, but at least it's reasonably well equipped.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

K_A

1 September 2010

[quote Mini1]Suzuki's website until yesterday at least![/quote]

Yeah, it's been on the Suzuki UK website for just over 1 week now

[quote Mini1]£9995 is still dear for a supermini me thinks, but at least it's reasonably well equipped[/quote]

Dear? It's very well equipped, especially for an entry-level model. Compare it's spec with the Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Hyundai i20.

Anywho, I have one on order, a 2011 SZ2 3dr which I bought for £9,500. Selected Suzuki dealers are offering upto £1,000 off the list price.

1 September 2010

[quote K_A]

[quote Mini1]Suzuki's website until yesterday at least![/quote]

Yeah, it's been on the Suzuki UK website for just over 1 week now

[/quote]

Yeah, Autocar, yeah. YEAH.

1 September 2010

[quote Mini1] Anyway... £9995 is still dear for a supermini me thinks, but at least it's reasonably well equipped.[/quote]

Depends if Suzuki go down the Vauxhall route, advertising their base model Corsa for about 13K and then give 5K off!!!

In that case £9995 would be a bargain

2 September 2010

[quote K_A]

Dear? It's very well equipped, especially for an entry-level model. Compare it's spec with the Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Hyundai i20.

[/quote]I meant as in compared with how cheap superminis used to be. But on balance, they've become better equipped. £9500 is more attractive than £9995 anyway! Enjoy, I think it's a great looking car. Like the telly ad for it too, being a graphics/art man.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

2 September 2010

[quote K_A]Dear? It's very well equipped, especially for an entry-level model. Compare it's spec with the Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Hyundai i20. [/quote]

On top of that, it's being offered with 0% finance, which makes it seem a good deal. I'm looking for a new car, and I've looked at and driven a Swift before, but its emissions were always a bit high for a small car. Now that's been addressed, I'll wait for my brochure to arrive and arrange a test drive at my local dealer.

At least Suzuki have given it a decent spec for the money. Some cheaper alternatives are just so basic, while adding extras just makes them so expensive. I'll just have to see what I can afford, or how good a deal I can get about the end of the month, when the 60 plate buyers have disappeared.

K_A

2 September 2010

[quote Mini1]I meant as in compared with how cheap superminis used to be.[/quote]

I totally agree with you there, however, an entry-level 5dr Ford Fiesta dating back to 1991 started from around £11,500, I remember reading an advert.

Mind you, cars nowadays are basically computers with lots of different sensors and all sorts inside them.

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