Super Zuk? Suzuki Swift S-Concept Previewed Before Geneva Debut

Suzuki froze plans on importing the Swift to North America late last year, but the model continues to live and thrive in other corners of the world. Although the car has a reputation for being a frisky, fun subcompact offering, it appears the Swift S-Concept, which will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, may crank up the heat and create a truly hot hatch.

Unfortunately, Suzuki isn’t saying (or showing) much of the Swift S-Concept beforehand, as it’s only released this single digital image of the car’s front fascia. Sources suggest a facelifted Swift will launch in Geneva, but the S-Concept show car pushes the styling envelope a step further. Flared fenders, projector headlamps, gaping lower-air intakes, and a wild rear spoiler appear to be inspired by Suzuki’s Swift WRC rally car, and lend the Swift-S an aggressive appearance.

What’s beneath that skin, however, is anyone’s best guess. The current Swift Sport utilizes a 1.6-liter I-4, which sends 123 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. Large 17-inch wheels and dual exhaust tips lend the Sport some street cred, but with 2436 pounds in tow, the hatchback is still a little ways from being a certified pocket rocket. Some suggest the Swift S-Concept could potentially adopt a turbocharger, or even send power to the rear wheels via an all-wheel-drive system.

We’ll likely know more when we finally lay eyes on the Swift-S in person come March 1st. Stay with Automobile Magazine for all the latest news and debuts happening at the Geneva show.

STEVE
SUZUKI PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SENT THE USA THE SWIFT IVE BEEN WAITING ON THIS CAR. THE CONCEPT-S WHEN RELASED IN THE USA WILL BE MY NEXT CAR!
STEVE
SUZUKI PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SENT THE USA THE SWIFT IVE BEEN WAITING ON THIS CAR. THE CONCEPT-S WHEN RELASED IN THE US WILL BE MY NEXT CAR!
Nash
Dan nothing to worry about when it comes to Suzuki. They might not have been at the Buffalo Auto Show but they are scheduled to be at more U.S. Auto Shows in 2011 than ever before. Both the big shows and even the smaller ones. Their sales numbers have started to turn around starting in October of 2010 each month Suzuki auto sales have been up by double digits! When the Swift makes it to the U.S. it will drives sales even higher. Suzuki is here to stay.
Dan
Love to see the Swift in the U,S.!!! I don't think it will ever happen. I'm getting bad vibes about Suzuki---they weren't even at the 2011 Buffalo Auto Show.

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