Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

New Suzuki Swift Sport breaks cover at Frankfurt Motor Show

New Suzuki Swift Sport breaks cover at Frankfurt Motor Show

The Suzuki Swift has made its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in the same sporty yellow colour as the previous digital unveil.

The new force-fed direct injection engine delivers its urge much lower in the rev range. The turbocharger system is equipped with normally-closed wastegate valve control, which defaults to the closed position to provide excellent response in normal driving, and opens to minimise fuel consumption when cruising.

While outputs of the small capacity turbo engine are only modest at 103kW and 230Nm, the Swift Sport only weighs 970kg which, Suzuki claims, gives it a power to weight ratio similar to genuine hot hatches. Alongside the weight saving, rigidity is improved helped by a continuous frame layout, while spot welding of the body is also increased to further add rigidity for both handling and refinement gains. Remember that the Swift is now offered only in five-doors.

The new auto promises to up the ante with a stiffer structure and a footprint increased courtesy a 20 mm-longer wheelbase and a stance that's 40 mm wider and 15 mm lower. "It's more aggressive and emotive, but we've also refined the elements that make it practical to use every day", said Suzuki chief engineer Masao Kobori.

Interiors feature red interior accents and a driver-oriented instrument panel. The Swift Sport also gets semi-bucket shape front seats.

The sporty atmosphere is ensured in the cabin by black upholstery, red stitching and inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an alloy pedal and a chrome-plated shift lever. The body of the Swift Sport in its new avatar has been lowered 15mm and widened 40mm.

The safety in the new Swift Sport is taken care of by advanced forward detection, dual sensor brake support and lane departure warning along with other features such as six airbags and emergency stop signal. We'll keep you posted with latest updates as and when they arrive.

As such, expect the new Swift Sport to hit zero to 100km/h in around 7.2 seconds, down from the current car's 8.7sec sprint.

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