The next generation Suzuki Swift is set to appear late in 2016, however the first images of the new model have escaped Suzuki’s cone of silence early.
Shown to dealers ahead of the car’s release, UK publication AutoExpress has shared the images online.
Both the regular Swift (below) and the performance focussed Swift Sport (top of page) have been shown, with the Swift Sport’s gaping intakes likely to be scaled down on the regular models.
Power in the entry level Swift is likely to come from a variation of the 1.0 litre Boosterjet three-cylinder turbo petrol engine from the Baleno, with the Sport adopting the 1.4 litre turbocharged engine that’s soon to arrive in the Vitara range, capable of 100kW and 220Nm
As with Suzuki’s latest models, the Swift is likely to arrive with low-weight construction to help offset the car’s lower power outputs.
Styling sees the Swift’s distinctive silhouette tweaked slightly, with an upright cabin, and blacked-out A-pillar continuing familiar Swift themes. At the rear of the cabin a break in the C-pillar provides a floating roof look.
Reshaped front and rear lights remain loyal to the Swift’s styling ethos, and the rear door handles disappear into the glasshouse, for a three-door profile with five-door versatility. Chunky alloy wheels on the Sport are scaled back for the regular Swift.
On the inside the Swift borrows some styling cues from the Vitara, including the circular interior vents and replaceable dash facia inserts, with the circular theme extending to the ventilation controls and instrument cluster for a more sporting feel.
Suzuki’s multi-function touchscreen infotainment system also features in the image, bringing the possibility of satellite navigation, and easy to navigate access to phone, media, and vehicle menus.
Confirmation for Australia will have to wait until the car makes an official debut, but expect to see the new Swift in local showrooms around the middle of 2017.