The all-new Swift Sport was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The third-generation Swift Sport is lower, wider and more aggressive. “We know that our customers value a dynamic driving experience above everything else,” says Swift Sport chief engineer Masao Kobori, “so we’ve made the new Swift Sport lighter, faster and more stimulating in every way.”
It has grown lighter as well. Suzuki boasts a 80kg weight reduction to 970kg. Torque figure has been increased by 70Nm to 230Nm, thanks to a new engine: A 138hp, 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo engine. The same 6-speed manual transmission used in the previous Swift Sport has been carried over with tweaks to the shifting mechanism for better shift feel – good news for those who are running custom gear ratios.
The suspension has been reworked with thicker stabiliser joint bars and Teflon added to the front stabiliser mounts. The front wheel hub and wheel bearings have been moulded into a single unit, and the bearing spacing has been expanded. These add up to a claimed 15 percent increase in camber rigidity during cornering. Suzuki boldly claims that the rear trailing beam has nearly three times more camber rigidity and better toe rigidity. Shocks are Monroes, with a revised valving and damping.
The new Swift Sport rests on a new Heartect platform which uses a continuous frame design and more spot welds to increases stiffness. The wheelbase is 20mm longer than the previous Swift Sport, while front and rear track is 40mm wider. The overall body has been lowered 15mm and widened by 40mm.
The interior has been revamped with a new colour scheme combination. Boost and oil temperature gauges have been added to the cluster as well. The factory audio system now comes with a 7-inch touchscreen unit with 3D navigation, and compatible with smartphones through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink.
It may still be a small car, but Suzuki has crammed all sorts of safety equipment, such as the Advanced forward detection system which uses a monocular camera and a laser sensor. This system feeds the Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) which assists braking, or auto-brakes, depending on the severity of the potential collision. The camera is also used in Suzuki’s first lane departure prevention system which will ease the vehicle back into line through the electric power steering system. The power steering system also analyses the steering inputs and can issue audio and visual warnings if the deems that the vehicle is “wandering”.
Other features include high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, ESP and a tyre pressure monitoring system.