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The Suzuki Swift S-Concept showcases the upcoming Swift Sport

By Rigval on 23 Mar 2011

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The 2011 Geneva Motor Show also brought out concept cars that have a real chance of coming true. One of these cars is the Suzuki Swift S-Concept, a concept car based on the latest Suzuki Swift hatchback that had only made its debut at the end of last year in several markets around the world (but surprisingly not over at this part of the world). This little hot hatch concept is a preview to what the next Suzuki Swift Sport will look like. And it is pretty tasty, although it does look too similar to the outgoing model.

You get the same sort of bodykit with that similar slightly more aggressive front end compared to the basic Swift. You also get a similar Canary Yellow color that seems to suit the Swift Sport well. It also gets interior trimming that is like the outgoing Swift Sport, especially the high backed sports seats (by RECARO) and a similar looking, albeit slightly tweaked interior. This shows that the new Swift is actually an evolution of the outgoing model rather than a total revolution. Well, if it ain't broke, why fix it?

The Swift S-Concept is based on the 2 door hatchback form that is sold over in Europe and since the car is already on sale over there, this is the model Suzuki based the S-Concept on. I suppose it is pretty easy for you readers to imagine how the bodykit would sit on the 4 door Suzy that we would eventually receive. The only real change that I can see is that the car is very slightly larger than its predecessor and the only way you can tell this is from the wheel size used by the S-Concept – It uses 18 inch alloy wheels running huge (for its size) 225/45 ZR18 tires. The Swift Sport we know came with 195/50/16 tires but I am guessing that this is only for show. The next Swift Sport should come in sensibly sized rubber, like 205/50 series tires on a 17 inch wheel. The new Swift hasn't grown so large until is warrants such a drastic change in tire size.

No engine details were revealed by Suzuki but what I am guessing is that Suzuki will use the same 1.6liter 4 cylinder engine but with added horsepower. Somewhere in the region of 140-150bhp. It is actually quite possible as the current 1.6liter engine seems so under-stressed when I last drove the Swift Sport. I hope that when this new car arrives ( hopefully sometime soon) it will be as good as the outgoing model. I drove that car and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its handling made it one of those cars that you can enjoy driving even though it only had 125bhp to move it about. I wrote about that in the 'early days' of MyAutoblog. You can read about what I thought about it here.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Friendstar Mar 23 2011 11:20 AM

it really feels like a grown-up car.

more aggressive looking too
Genes Mar 23 2011 04:59 PM
The rear looks like it was inspired by the Renault 5 Turbo..
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