There have been reports about Suzuki releasing a successor of the old Swift Sport early in 2012. When Suzuki unveiled the Swift S-Concept in Geneva, fans wondered if the carmaker will soon be coming out with a sporty version of the current generation hatch. The problem is that Suzuki hasn’t yet resolved the Swift Sport’s primary problem -- a lack of power.
There were rumors during the unveiling of the concept that its power will get a 22% boost to 152 hp compared to the 2010 model.
GoAuto said that the 2012 model will be powered by a high-revving 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers just 136 hp. This will be mated to a six-speed manual; however, an automatic will also be offered.
The concept shown in Geneva had a large rear wing, new headlights and rear lighting clusters. It’s also lowered.
Its interior features bucket seats, a new steering wheel, different instrumentation and carbon fiber trim. The most significant changes compared to the older generation are with the design of the exhaust tips and the air intakes.
Suzuki Europe spokesman Peter Bondarchuk said that the Swift Sport, which is being tested at the Nurburgring, will go up against the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST in Europe. At the start of next year, Suzuki will be developing the series modification of the Swift S-Concept.