What is it?
It doesn’t look like anything more than a brief encounter with some design software but this is actually a ground-up new generation of the Suzuki Swift.
Time saved in the design department has been put to good use elsewhere. A 93bhp all-alloy 1.2-litre petrol engine resides under the bonnet and an all-new platform that uses MacPherson struts at the front and torsion beam at the rear forms the underpinnings. The result of all the improvements are headline figures of 116g/km and 56.5mpg, but in practice there are many more significant and tangible improvements to the new Swift.
The first and most significant change is the refinement. Aided by the quieter engine and more effective cabin insulation the Swift is now as refined as you would expect of a small petrol hatchback. Engine noise is quite hushed, particularly at normal town speeds, but even at higher motorway speeds it is wind flutter past the A-pillars that intrudes more than engine buzz.
Performance is also much better. A 0-62mph time of 12.3sec is very competitive and, as you’d expect, the 1.2 motor needs some working through the five-speed gearbox but responds well further up the rev range and is an easy unit to plunder.