Sneak peek at the all new 2018 Swift Sport
The current Swift Sport has been a big favourite, not just amongst owners but the press as well. It has won the prestigious What Car? award for best hot hatch (under £15,000), a monumental 6 times! Pretty impressive huh?
The first iteration of the Swift Sport arrived back in 2006 and was an instant hit for those people wanting a bit more power and fun from their Suzuki Swift. The Sport version added larger alloys, distinctive front fog lamps, twin exhausts and improved handling from a firmer suspension.
In 2012 when the new model was released, Suzuki had a challenge on their hands to build on an already winning formula. The new model succeeded in doing just that, bringing a new chassis to the table along with a 6th gear for improved MPG. Combined with new technology and a low price tag, the new Swift Sport had no problem receiving raving reviews from the automotive press and owners. As a prospective buyer, you only had to test drive it to instantly see its appeal. 2015 saw the Sport receive some tweaks, adding touchscreen navigation and a 5 door option. Bearing all that in mind, Suzuki have a lot to live up to with the new 2018 Swift Sport model.
⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ "The Suzuki Swift Sport is a pleasingly old-fashioned sort of hot hatchback."autocar.co.uk
2018 Swift Sport
So, here it is. The brand new model, which Suzuki will officially unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Suzuki have been very tight-lipped with details of the new model - suffice to say, we know nothing about the engine or on board technology, but we can make educated guesses.
Judging by the photos that Suzuki have released - we can see that on the exterior the new model still sports its signature twin exhausts, but there are new black alloy wheels and a black lower body kit. It also looks like yellow will be part of the paint line-up!
The interior photos show a dashboard similar to the new Swift, but with exclusive red touches, the most obvious being around the rev and speed dials. The centre console encompassing DAB Radio and Sat Nav is a familiar feature, currently found on several other models including the new S-Cross and Vitara.
Under the bonnet, we can only speculate. However, it's likely the new Swift Sport will feature the 1.4 Boosterjet engine from the Vitara S. This turbo-charged engine produces 138bhp in the Vitara, helping it sprint from 0-60mph in 9.9s. Being that the Swift Sport is likely to be significantly lighter than the current model, and combined with this more powerful engine - we expect that the current 0-62mph time of 8.7s will be far surpassed. It will also mean that for the first time, the Suzuki Swift Sport will ditch its naturally-aspirated engine.
So will the new Swift Sport build on the current winning formula for Suzuki? It remains to be seen, but we think it just might.
UPDATE: The New Swift Sport has had its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and we now know that it will be fitted with the 1.4 Boosterjet engine and feature a whole host of safety technology including Advanced Forward Detection System, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning, Weaving Alert Function, High Beam Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.
We've also received confirmation from Suzuki GB that the new model will be arriving in Spring 2018. Want to be kept up-to-date? Send us an enquiry here and we'll let you know as soon as we know more.
⋆⋆⋆⋆ "Our favourite Suzuki Swift delivers old-school hot hatch thrills for a reasonable price. It's well equipped, too."What Car?