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Leaked image reveals new Suzuki front end

By raccars Published


Internet leak offers peak at the 2017 Suzuki Swift ahead of expected arrival early next year.

An image of the new Suzuki Swift has been leaked online, showing off its new front-styling which confirms the design sketches which were leaked earlier in the year.

Just like the images, the production model has a grille which dominates the front end and features a horizontal strip in the colour of the car’s body. It also features what seem to be diamond-cut alloys which were predicted by the leaked sketches, together with swept-back headlights and a front bumper complete with fog lights built in and a full-width intake.

The leaked information suggests that the new Suzuki Swift seen is a five-door model, further fuelling the speculation that the next version of the car will only be available as a five-door. However, this is far from being confirmed.

Under the bonnet, the next Swift looks set to share its engines with both the Ignis and the Baleno. The units involved include a Boosterjet 1.0-litre and a Dualjet 1.2-litre. There may also be a hybrid offering as part of Suzuki's range-wide plan.

A new Suzuki Swift Sport

The images leaked previously seemed to confirm that Suzuki will also continue to make a Swift Sport variant, complete with dual exhausts, more aggressive styling and intricate alloy wheels. It is thought that its front grille will be much larger; the air intakes underneath the headlights will be bigger; and it will have a contrasting body kit for the side skirts and front bumper. Suzuki has not announced what engine will feature in the hot hatch but it could be the turbocharged 1.4-litre which powers the Vitara S SUV.

Suzuki Swift prices

It is thought that the new Suzuki Swift will have a price tag starting at around £9,000, which is similar to the current model. The Sport models may cost up to £15,000. The standard Swift has already been spotted out testing on the road and, while the current model has barely seen a change since its 2010 launch, the new version seems set to benefit from a sleeker appearance and more efficient engines.

It is believed that the Swift will take styling hints from the Baleno hatchback, including its lower roofline and curvy front end. At the rear, it may get square brake lights and a bulging boot lid in order to bring it in-line with the brand’s range.

The interior of the new Suzuki Swift

Commentators suggest that the 2017 Suzuki Swift will have a touchscreen infotainment system, mounted in the centre of the dash in a similar style to the Baleno. The materials used are likely to be soft-touch plastics and some models should get sporty trim inserts. Swift Sport models may also feature a steering wheel with a distinctive flat bottom. It is thought that the new Suzuki Swift may be available to buy early next year, although there will be a slightly longer wait for buyers wanting to get their hands on a Sport model.

Looking back at the Swift

The Suzuki Swift has been produced by the Japanese manufacturer since 2000. Before that, the name was used for the Cultus in various export markets. The Swift Sport was first launched in October 2005 in Japan and in September in most of the markets in Europe.

By August 2014, Suzuki had sold around four million Swifts. Of these, around a half are sold in India, 19 per cent are bought in Europe and around 11 per cent are sold in Japan.

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