• Aug 26, 2009

Suzuki Swift Sport - Click above for high-res gallery

Generally regarded as one of the top motorcycle brands all around the world and a major producer of Kei cars in Japan, Suzuki has never quite lived up to its promise as a sporty alternative to more mainstream offerings in America's small car and SUV arenas. Still, we're pulling for the brand to make an impact in our neck of the woods, and according to a report on Automotive News, that could possibly (finally) come in 2011 with the introduction of the Swift.

We've been hearing from Suzuki for years that the Swift would in fact make it to U.S. shores in due time, and we're hopeful that the next-gen model is as competent and fun to drive as we hear the current model is from our European friends. One new vehicle does not a successful brand make, however, so Suzuki is also said to be working on the next installment of its Grand Vitara line for 2013.

Additionally, a new crossover is reportedly on the drawing board to replace the XL7 that was killed back in May when Suzuki halted production at the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The new CUV would show up in 2011 or '12 and be based on a stretched version of the platform underpinning the recently-unveiled Kizashi midsize sedan, which is expected to hit showrooms for the 2010 model year.



[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      We have this car in Mexico since '07 , Is a really good looking car and from what I've heard very good quality built , I've seen tons of them out on the streets , if you wanna check it out go www.suzuki.com.mx
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn it Suzuki hurry up ;) I have a MINI Cooper S that's 2 years old but keep breaking down every week. I need to trade it in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Err - that's not the Sport model that I know in the gallery shots.

      I've owned a 5-door Sport version here in New Zealand for over 2 years - looks just like the one in James' link (http://www.motorauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/Suzuki/Splash/swift_sport_2.jpg).

      The one in the gallery looks like the regular version, albeit with the optional alloys. The Sport looks (& goes!) well, sportier. Has 1.6 vs 1.5 engine (roughly 20kW extra power from memory), stiffer suspension, different front & rear trim, etc.

      Great little fun car to drive, plus a lot cheaper than Mini here (admittedly Mini is slightly better, if you believe the reviews out there). Surprisingly roomy, also & economical if you play sensible (mid 7-ish l/100km).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where will these be built? Suzuki makes them at their facilities in India.

      Would the Swift be the first Indian manufactured cars to arrive in US? (Considering how Mahindra keeps delaying their debut).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently they're built in Japan, Hungary and China too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...we're hopeful that the next-gen model is as competent and fun to drive as we hear the current model is from our European friends."

      Suzuki sells it en Mexico, in fact, that's my car and it's great !!!!!
      It's a shame they haven´t brought the Sport version...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Suzuki is like Subaru. A small, very independent and quirky car company. Gotta love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      one of the best selling sportier cars in India.

      www.indianautotalk.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's scary though is that Suzuki markets a Swift in Canada already. But unfortunetly it's an Aveo clone. It was just facelifted this year, gaining the look of the G3 with a different grille. I hope to God they don't just shift the G3 production to make Suzukis and sell them in the States.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They effectively sell a rebranded Aveo here, in Canada. It is called Swift+... So we have Aveo, G3, Swift+, you can never get enough of the good things right? Yeah, I'm kidding and hopefully suzuki isn't when they say they'll bring the swift to North-America. It would be nice having a bunch of little fun hatch (fiesta, Mazda2, Swift, Fit, Fiat500).
      • 5 Years Ago
      We will be getting the next gen car. This car has won multiple awards and has a very good driving dynamic. So yes, it could be considered the "poor man's MINI".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like they're not wanting to give up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad they got so far away from the original Concept S design, and turned it soft around the hard edges.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good. I'm glad Suzuki is finally bringing back a lineup full of products worth buying. The SX4 is great, but a single great product isn't enough.
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