Suzuki shows off the all-new Swift Sport hatch

The Star Early Edition - - NOTICE BOARD -

SUZUKI has re­leased the first of­fi­cial pic­ture of its third-gen­er­a­tion Swift Sport ahead of its re­veal at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show in Septem­ber.

While we do get a full front-three­quar­ter view of the sporty new hatch, we’ll have to wait un­til Frank­furt to find out all the juicy de­tails, and more specif­i­cally, what’s un­der the bon­net.

Al­though noth­ing is of­fi­cially con­firmed yet, it has been widely re­ported that a ver­sion of Suzuki’s new 1.4-litre ‘Boost­er­jet’ tur­bopetrol en­gine, which will cer­tainly be tuned to best the cur­rent Swift Sport’s 100kW out­put.

The move will also mark the end of a high-revving, nor­mally-as­pi­rated era for the hatch, some­thing that might up­set some purists.

On the up­side, the Sport should be lighter than be­fore, given that reg­u­lar Swift hatch­backs are up to 120kg lighter than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion on ac­count of Suzuki’s new ‘Hear­t­ect’ ar­chi­tec­ture, shared with the Baleno.

The hum­bler Swift mod­els are due to reach South African shores early next year, hope­fully with the new Sport ver­sion in hot pur­suit.

- IOL Mo­tor­ing

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