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The new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport

On the 12th of September 2017, the Frankfurt Motor show saw the debut of the new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport model. The highly anticipated Swift Sport is set to continue the model’s success in the Supermini segment with a convincing lightweight formula. The Swift Sport is predicated to be released spring/summer 2018. Weighing in at just 975kg, the new Swift Sport is 80kg lighter than the previous Sport, making it one of the lightest hatches available. This allows it to recapture the excellent driving experience produced from the previous model.

Swift Sport Chief Engineer, Masao Kobori said that customers value a dynamic driving experience above everything else, which is why Suzuki has focused on delivering that.

Kobori said:

“We have made the new Swift Sport lighter, faster and more stimulating in every way.”

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport Front View

 

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport Styling

In comparison to previous versions, the general look is sportier and features a much larger grille to send more cooling air to the engine. The design of the mesh inside the grille is also new and looks much more menacing than the standard car’s slatted grille. The Swift Sport also features new 17-inch alloy wheels. Suzuki will also be adding a new striking yellow paint scheme, known as Champion Yellow. Alongside the new Champion Yellow paint, there are further options such as metallic colours; Burning Red Pearl, Speedy Blue, Pure White Pearl, Mineral Grey and Super Black Pearl.

A more stable sports suspension will be fitted to the Swift Sport, meaning the car will sit lower than regular models, reducing body roll and helping it to feel more agile. Handling is more responsive than ever, resulting in genuine hot hatch performance.

Inside, the car gets red detailing on the dials and dash, while a sportier flat-bottomed steering wheel features. Bolstered sporty bucket seats will offer drivers more stability and comfort.

The Swift Sport will also include all the latest safety and infotainment available on the standard model:

  • 7” touchscreen
  • Cruise control
  • Voice command
  • Air conditioning
  • USB connectivity
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane correction
  • A sleepy monitor
  • Radar cruise control
  • Advanced forward pedestrian detection

 

 

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport Driving/Engine

Suzuki has offered a brief insight into how the Swift Sport drives with a teaser video. It appears the new model will be just as good, if not better to drive than the last, which was well known for having excellent handling. Additionally, the interior photo shows the traction control can be turned off, meaning the Sport will be good fun to use around a race track.

The engine is smaller than its previous model, replacing the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit with a smaller turbocharged unit. The 1.4-litre Boosterjet is one we’ve seen in the Vitara S, and the clear advantage is the addition of more torque from low engine speeds. This will allow the performance of the new model to feel faster when driving hard and when cruising, as well as an increase in everyday performance.

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport Front and side view

Exceptional performance characteristics are achieved on the new Swift Sport thanks to these two development key focus areas:

High-torque 1.4 Boosterjet, direct injection and turbocharged engine:

  • Peak torque of 230Nm from just 2,500rpm
  • Max power output 140HP
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • CO2 emissions 125g/km (NEDC)
  • Fuel economy up to 50.4mpg combined

Light and compact design with clever weight savings:

  • Total weight just 975kg
  • Compact length with low and wide proportions
  • overhaul of under-body structure produces light but extremely rigid frame

 

The Swift Sport is set to live up to all its expectations, by delivering a thrilling driving experience in a mature, but fun fashion. Suzuki Chief Engineer, Masao Kobori also stated “With the third generation we’ve moved the game on to the next level as a genuine hot hatch. And I’m confident that when you drive it you’re going to go WOW.”

To find out more about the current Suzuki range, visit our website or contact a member of our Effingham sales team. To find out more information regarding previous Suzuki Swift models visit our previous blog posts.