Pictures have leaked online of what is reportedly the 2017 Suzuki Swift and Suzuki Swift Sport – ahead of a full reveal later this year. The new Suzuki Swift will officially hit European markets early next year, with an expected South African launch later in 2017.
Suzuki has carved a niche for the Swift, design-wise, since inception in 20014, with a distinctive side profile and definitive styling. The 2017 Suzuki Swift follows through on the styling of its forebears, with a familiar silhouette, despite the new design.
For those doubting the validity of the leaked images, a feint watermark bears the wording “Suzuki UK Design”, suggesting these are in fact legitimate design visuals.
The 2017 Suzuki Swift features sharper styling much inline with the recent Baleno and Ignis models. The blacked out A-pillar is carried over from the current model, with a blacked out strip on the C-pillar giving the swift a floating roof effect.
Wide hips and a sloped roof-line place the 2017 Suzuki Swift in line with what we previously reported, that the Swift will be a sportier variant all round, with the Baleno being the more practical model in the segment.
From the leaked images we can see the Suzuki Swift Sport will carry over its signature dual tailpipes. A wide 6-point front grille and large side air intakes are seen on the Swift Sport, but it’s unclear whether this grille will be standard on the lower specced 2017 Suzuki Swift models. A front splitter and side sills, as well as larger alloy wheels will be equipped as standard to enhance the Swift Sport’s image.
Two interior images seemingly depict the 2017 Suzuki Swift in standard guise. But even in standard format we can see the Swift will be sportier than before – thanks to the flat-bottomed steering wheel. The instrument cluster features twin-dials with a central information display.
The centre console features a new touch screen infotainment display, framed top and bottom by two round air vents and rotary climate control dials. We can see influence in the 2017 Suzuki Swift from the Vitara, with the option to equip coloured inserts available.
Whilst nothing has been confirmed, Suzuki is likely to equip the 2017 Suzuki Swift with its new BoosterJet turbocharged engines. Standard models are expected to feature the 1.0-litre turbocharged three cylinder, boasting outputs of 82kW/170Nm, while the Suzuki Swift Sport will feature a turbocharged 1.4-litre with 103kW and 220Nm – seen in the Vitara S in overseas markets.
The 2017 Suzuki Swift will remain front wheel driven, with a standard manual transmission, and an optional automatic.