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Get ready for the Swift Sport Turbo
Suzuki is getting serious, with six new models in the next three years. And a welcome by-product of this is a new, more driver-focused direction for the Swift, including a faster, harder, turbocharged Swift Sport.
A new dawn for Suzuki will see the brand occupy its key segments with two models – one fun and design-led, the other more sensible and rational. The introduction of a bigger, Honda Jazz-rivalling supermini to fill the rational role (which we’ll see at Geneva next spring) frees up the Swift to be “lower and harder”, UK sales chief Dale Wyatt told TG.
The current Swift (pictured) is among the most fun small cars on sale, but small is very much the keyword: the boot is pokey and rear passengers had better be small or understanding. “The new car will answer all the reasons not to buy a Swift”, said Wyatt, “whereas the Swift will be all about the driver”.
Details are otherwise scant, save for the fact we’ll have to wait until 2017 for the new Swift to arrive. With it will come a new hardcore Swift Sport, lighter and more powerful, and with a turbocharged engine almost certainly at its heart.
Wyatt wouldn’t officially confirm this, but he said “torque to weight is the new measure for cars like this”. That can only mean forced induction, Suzuki’s current range of revvy naturally aspirated petrol engines are fun to work hard but conspicuously torque-light.
He’s had a go in a prototype of the new Swift Sport, and revealed only that “it’ll be a hoot”. Good. The engine will also appear in a Vitara Sport version of Suzuki’s reinvented SUV.
Going down a size, there will be a bold new Suzuki city car to balance out the sensible Celerio. Wyatt was teasingly coy, stating only that “it will create its own segment. There’s nothing out there like it.”
That doesn’t, however, mean a comeback for the crackers little Cappuccino, the 1990s sports car which was built to dinky Japanese kei-car regulations but sold in the UK. “There’s room for a new Cappuccino too”, said Wyatt. “There isn’t a plan for one, though.”