The Geneva Motor Show was not the first stop for the 2017 Suzuki Swift. It first made its debut in Japan, where it’s set to be launched with two engine options – a 1.0-litre Boosterjet direct-injection turbo engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the more powerful 1.2-litre Dualjet engine. There was also some conjecture regarding an SHVS variant being launched soon, but for now, we’ll just state that the technical data for the car showcased in Switzerland was powered by a three-cylinder 998cc gasoline engine with a peak power of 111PS, which, for Suzukis in India is ‘hot hatch’ territory.
But the mechanical updates aren’t as dramatic as the changes in key design elements. The head lamps, for instance, are now sleeker and fitted with LED daytime running lamps. The bumper and radiator grilles have been replaced by a single unit, complemented by an air dam running from one fog lamp to the other and a slightly more muscular looking bonnet. The rear integrated spoiler is familiar but the tail lamps are a tad more angular and stubbier and come with their own LED signature. The showcase car at Geneva also wore new diamond cut alloys – we don’t know if that will make it to production yet.
The new Suzuki Swift is based on the new Heartec platform, an evolution of the Baleno’s B platform. The new chassis is said to be lighter and stiffer than the one on the outgoing model. The new cabin is also likely to come equipped with an infotainment system compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. More details will emerge when the car is launched by Maruti in India, by March-April 2018.
Besides the Swift, the Suzuki exhibit at the 87th Geneva Motor Show comprised of the Ignis, Baleno RS, Vitara and the Celerio.