Monday, March 4, 2024

Suzuki Unveils Next-Generation Swift Concept Ahead Of Debut

 

The next-generation Suzuki Swift has been revealed as a concept, offering a glimpse of what the production model may look like when it officially launches in 2024. While it’s officially labelled a concept, it appears virtually production-ready, with an evolutionary design compared to the current model.

The concept features a similar overall shape to the current Swift but incorporates some subtle design changes. Notably, there’s a prominent crease running along the side of the vehicle, just above the door handles. The door handles are situated below the beltline at the rear of the car, rather than in the C-pillar like the current model. This side crease flows into the headlights and aligns with the hood line.

The grille appears slightly smaller and rounder than the current model, and the concept car sports a black contrast roof. While Suzuki has been known for adventurous designs in recent years, such as the retro-styled Ignis and Jimny, the new Swift seems to take a more evolutionary approach in terms of design.

 

Under the skin, the next-generation Swift is expected to use a modified version of the current ‘Heartect’ platform to meet stricter safety standards. Suzuki has also mentioned that the concept comes equipped with advanced safety technologies, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive high beam, and a driver monitoring system.

As for powertrains, details are still limited, but Suzuki has hinted at a “high-efficiency engine” that balances driving performance and fuel efficiency. The current Swift Sport in Malaysia, for example, is equipped with a 1.4-litre BOOSTERJET engine producing 140PS and 230Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

One of the interesting aspects of the new Swift is the possibility of hybrid powertrains. Suzuki is rumored to be considering a parallel hybrid system, potentially making it a direct rival to the hybrid Toyota Yaris.

The official debut of the next-generation Suzuki Swift is expected at the Japan Mobility Show, which is scheduled from October 26 to November 5, 2023.

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