Suzuki Swift R Concept revealed ahead of 2011 Beijing Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 14, 2010

Suzuki revealed today the first photo with the Swift R Concept, a new car that anticipates the new Swift Sport. Set to make its debut at the 2011 Beijing Motor Show, the new car is inspired by the GSX-R 1000 motorcycle, featuring a stylish front bumper with larger air intakes, extended front and rear fenders, as well as a new rear roof spoiler and new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system.

The design of the car is completed by a new set of black 5-spoke alloy wheels. Although we don’t have any details or photos regarding the interior, expect to find a new set of Recaro sports buckets, a sports steering wheel as well as a new dashboard with sporty accents.

There are no details regarding the engine used by this sporty hatchback, but due to the fact that Volkswagen acquired a 19.9% stake in Suzuki, we can anticipate that the car will use an engine found in the Vw lineup.

Which means that the car could receive a 1.4 TSI petrol engine delivering 150 hp but also the more powerful 1.4 TFSI petrol engine found on the new Audi A1, delivering an impressive 185 hp. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed DGS dual-clutch gearbox.

Suzuki has long been implementing a radical yet innovative program with the aim of strengthening its position not just as the top compact car manufacturer but also as the world’s leading motorcycle brand. The first result of this program is the Suzuki Swift which presented new design thinking and ideas that are expected to define Suzuki models in the future.

Suzuki Swift has a global outlook and is manufactured in the regions of China, Hungary, India, and Japan. Despite the global presence, the development of the Swift was generally focused on being able to meet the demands and preferences of the European market when it comes to the design and even the driving features.

This is the main reason why the design team had to set-up a base in Europe. Having an actual presence in Europe meant that the team would be able to get better insight in how Europeans think and get inspiration from its unique environment.

The chassis of the Swift was developed and then refined using first-hand information obtained through extensive testing, both on the road and on track, across Europe. Thus the Swift continues to display innovation and boast a sporty appearance with elegant design as well as add a genuine international appeal.

This new offering departs from the traditional Suzuki design as the company demonstrates how it has developed the styling themes that were previously seen with the Concept-S and the Concept-S2. This clearly showed that the brand continues to develop some original interpretations of what are already considered as established market segments.

This time, the style team did not follow the 'one-box' uniformity standard but one that had a more substantive design and a unique bonnet. There are the bold sills for example and the flared wheel arches. The wheels have also been pushed out to the corner. It also has a broad-shouldered beltline that goes all the way to its tail lights, giving it a stable appearance and dynamic appeal.

Adding to the uniqueness are the mesh grille, the deep spoiler, and the strong curvature of its nose. Its black A-pillar and B-pillar meanwhile have that wraparound glasshouse effect. The headlamp housing is just as distinct as it sweeps back to the wings to reflect the shape of its tail lights.

Due to the rather distinct shape of its tailgate and combined with a large bumper on the rear, the body’s lower part gets a more solid appearance. Going to its tailgate, the top shows that the roof has a trailing edge that forms a spoiler. This results in better aerodynamics and reduced weight since it saves 1 kg compared to the standard bolt-on ones.

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