Digital renders of the next-generation Suzuki Swift and Swift Sport have leaked online. Said to have come from a dealer conference in France, the fourth-gen Swift appears to maintain its overall shape, but adopts edgier styling all around.
The red-coloured model appears to be the regular Suzuki Swift (pictured below). On the outside, renders of the five-door hatch show new headlamps, a redesigned front bumper and grille, and a new LED daytime running light strip positioned over the fog lamps. New wheel designs are noticeable along the sides.
More importantly, the next-gen Swift looks like it may have hidden rear door handles (on its C-pillar, like the Honda HR-V) and a floating roof design, courtesy of the blacked-out C-pillar. The tail-end of the car appears reworked as well, with new lighting and an updated bumper. Our photo source also revealed that the new Swift will measure 3.84 metres long and 1.74 metres wide — the current-gen Swift is 3,850 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,510 mm tall.
The white-coloured model is clearly of the sportier Suzuki Swift Sport. Its giveaways include a larger hexagonal front grille, larger air intakes on the front bumper, and twin exhaust tips that are integrated with the sportier rear bumper. It also gets its own set of wheels.
There also appear to be two interiors snapped here, but both look very similar to the other, save for the plastic trim in different colours – we reckon the sportier red trim is for the Swift Sport. The renders show a new flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel, a twin binnacle instrument panel, a centre display screen, three rotary dials for the climate control and new circular air vents on the centre stack.
Reports suggest that the base Suzuki Swift variant will be powered by a 1.0 litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine, paired with a five-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. A Smart Hybrid Vehicle (SHVS) is also expected, featuring a 1.2 litre Dualjet and an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) which assists the engine during acceleration and generates electricity during braking.
The Swift Sport is said to be powered by a 1.4 litre Boosterjet direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine. If the mill provides the same amount of power it does in the UK’s Vitara S (138 hp and 220 Nm), it would be a considerable improvement over the current model’s naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre engine, which delivers 134 hp and 160 Nm.
The next-gen Suzuki Swift is expected to debut later this year in December, and will only make its market debut in come March 2017. The Swift Sport is said to arrive several months later.