Images leaked online were previously reported to show the finished design for the first time, and the spyshots confirm this. The shape is more angular than before, with a wider stance, broad shoulders and the familiar wraparound glasshouse.
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According to UK sales and marketing director Dale Wyatt, the recently launched Baleno takes care of the “rational end” of Suzuki’s small car range. This has allowed the brand to make the next Swift “much more emotional and expressive”.
As shown in our exclusive image, the next Swift will be slightly longer, lower and wider than the current car, providing a small boost in practicality. “Lightness and a fun drive will be the focus,” Wyatt told Auto Express. “Having the practical Baleno allows us to look at the dynamics of Swift.”
We have a good idea as to how the Swift will look thanks to images of the new car that leaked earlier this year (see below). Our main image shows how the new car will adopt a striking design, with softer curves and a sloping roofline.
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We can also expect a significant weight saving over the current Swift despite the increased proportions, thanks to the new lightweight chassis it shares with the Baleno. Entry-level cars should weigh around 900kg, which will bring benefits to fuel economy, emissions and performance.
The range will kick off with the Baleno’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. We also expect the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre mild hybrid powertrain to be made available – but as with the Baleno, a diesel engine is unlikely.
A Swift Sport will follow in 2018 powered by the 138bhp 1.4-litre Boosterjet four-cylinder turbo petrol from the Vitara S. That’s a similar power output to the current Sport, but a torque increase and reduced kerbweight will boost acceleration. There will be much more scope for personalisation and individuality with the new Swift, too, with a variety of exterior and interior customisation choices.
Despite this, as always with Suzuki, value for money will continue to be a priority and prices should stay close to the current car’s £8,999 starting figure. However, it remains to be seen whether the company will persist with the cheapest SZ2 trim level.
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