We’ve seen it in full, heard the rumours that it will go down the turbocharging route, now at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Suzuki Motor Corporation has unveiled in full the third-generation Suzuki Swift Sport.
Like the regular Swift, the Swift Sport rides on the company’s “HEARTECT” platform that shaves 70 kg compared to the outgoing model but boasts greater rigidity for superior handling and safety. Kerb weight of this hot hatch is just a scant 970 kg. Overall dimensions of the Swift Sport are identical to the regular version at 2,450mm in wheelbase (+20mm), 3,840mm in length (-10mm), 1,735mm in width (+40mm) and 1,495mm in height (-15mm).
Visual cues unique to the Swift Sport include staggered honeycomb grille, carbon-fibre embossing on the front grille, front-lip spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser, 17-inch thin spoke alloy wheels and dual-exhaust tips.
The cabin has been revised to create an immersive sporty driving experience such as a driver focused instrument cluster, D-Shaped steering wheel, sports alloy pedals, semi-bucket seats as well as new boost and oil temperature gauges. Red accents can be found at major touchpoints to elevate the sporty driving experience. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard fitment.
Unlike its naturally aspirated predecessor, the new Swift Sport gets a new 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Boosterjet engine that churns out 138 hp and 230 Nm of torque. Drive is channelled to the front wheels via an improved six-speed manual transmission. Suzuki promises superb power delivery from the low rev range with good fuel economy.
Handling has always been a forte of the Swift Sport, hence engineers have paid extra attention to ensure the new car meets enthusiasts’ expectations. The front suspension now gets thicker stabiliser joint bars, new Teflon seat on the stabiliser mount, a single unit wheel hub and bearings as well as expanded width between the bearings to add 15 percent camber rigidity during cornering. All these upgrades help to improve handling without excessively increase the spring rates.
The rear suspension has been revised to ensure unrivalled stability at high-speeds. Toe rigidity is 1.4 times stiffer while camber rigidity is up three folds compared to the old model. The torsion beam has been tuned to provide optimal roll stiffness for enhanced handling and control.
Safety wise, the Swift sport is equipped with a range of driver assistance systems such as Advanced Forward Detection System, Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) or AEB, Lane Departure Warning, Weaving Alert Function, High Beam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Radar Brake Support. Other standard safety features include six airbags, ESP, Emergency Stop Signal, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System among others.
Unfortunately, Suzuki is no longer represented here in Malaysia. However, we can always turn to our friendly neighbourhood parallel importers to ship one from overseas.