Suzuki Unveils New Swift Sport Ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

Good news, small-car fans: Suzuki's revamped Swift Sport will, in fact, debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. The bad news? It -- along with the svelte Swift itself -- are still no closer to landing in Suzuki's North American showrooms.

Like the previous generation Swift Sport, the new model will only be available as a two-door hatchback, albeit one dressed up with a little more flair. The new Swift Sport gains a large open-mouthed, honeycomb grille, along with new wheels and a slightly lower suspension.

Though it looks like a boy racer, the Swift Sport is best described as mild, not wild. Power comes from a 1.6-liter I-4, which is good for 134 hp and 117 lb-ft of torque. Not earth-shattering by any means, but it is an 11-hp and 8-lb-ft increase over the previous generation model. The engine sends its power to the front wheels by way of a six-speed manual transmission.

While Suzuki currently has no plans to bring the Swift or Swift Sport to the United States, there is some precedence. The original Suzuki Swift was sold in North America from 1988 until 1994, and lived on until 1999 as the Geo/Chevrolet Metro. During the Swift’s brief run in the new world, Suzuki sold a hot hatch version dubbed the GTi, and later GT after an out-of-court settlement with Volkswagen. At its peak, the Swift GTi/GT produced 100-hp from a 1.3-liter I-4, in a compact, lightweight package much like the new Swift Sport. Around the time it launched the Kizashi, we heard rumblings Suzuki was indeed mulling the car for North America, although those rumors have thus far been bunk.

Would you want to see Suzuki bring the Swift Sport to the United States? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

Source: Suzuki

Ray
I owned a 1990 Suzuki Swift and drove it over 100,000 miles. It was a great car, reliable and with a feather foot could 50 mpg with a 1.3L 4 cyl. How long do we have to wait for the new Swift in the USA?
Richard Palais
What in God's name is Suzuki waitging for? Why haven't they already broughht this Sport model here to the USA? Uhtil they do, I will not even look at one of their ugly fart-door (4 Dr) sedans! Ugh! They are fugly! They are slow! Theyn suck! I want the new Sport 2-dr hatch HERE NOW! And I want a turbo model as well! Manual trans as well!
hugo sepulveda
BRING IT TO THE USA
STEVE
HELL YES !!!!!!!! WHY IN THE HELL IS THIS CAR NOT ALREADY HERE!!!! IV BEEN WAITING ON THIS CAR FOREVER BUT LOOKS LIKE SUZUKI CAN'T SEEM TO GET THEIR SHIT TOGETHER! UNTIL THIS CAR IS SOLD IN THE USA I WONT EVEN STEP FOOT ON A SUZUKI LOT!!!!!
John Watts
I've had a Suzuki Swift since 1995 here in the US. In fact my daughter still drives it to this day. She still purrs like a little kitten....the car that is. I've had so many people try to buy it because of the gas mileage and that she's still in pretty decent shape with almost 200k on the engine. But then again, she's starting to get a bit tired. I would love to own a new one here in the states. I loved my little little car and my daughter has fallen in love with it too. Come on Suzuki!!!!....owner loyalty!!!!
Phil
The only way Americans buy it is to raise the roofline ad 4 wheel drive big tires and wheels. Call it an S U V ad a bigger engine to compensate for all the added weight of the car and their fat asses.
John
Like several other cars we can't have, if I could get this one I would give it a serious look. I like 2 door hatchbacks even though I am in a small minority of my fellow Americans.
Ray
Maybe if they made this into a pickup truck Americans would buy it. Cool and interesting cars are not sold in the Us because people don't buy them. As a corollary, Europeans have little interest in SUVs and pickup trucks.
dross-smith
I had a swift gt for 10 years- it was my first new vehicle. Stuff rattled off of it (like the exhaust and a/c compressor), redline was marked at 6800 but was really 7800... it got beat on and never died. Would definitely buy another Suzuki...
WC Snyder
Here we go again! All the cool and interesting cars they don't offer to the US, but they offer bland, cheap and boring models for the US market and then they can't understand when they don't sell! It's small, great looking, and all it needs is a bump in power 180-200 HP and all the folks that are turning their backs on Honda for building boring "appliances disguised as cars" will flock to this type of car. Built it as shown with those wheels and the power bump and they will come! This is coming not from a boy racer, but from an old guy that has given up on Honda and is looking for a exciting fun small car! Offer it to the US! Please!!
Tom
I agree...some insightful comments.... I would give the sprint some serious consideration if it came to the US. Suzuki will not get more attention until 1) it significantly updates the SX4, 2) significantly updates the Grand Vitara, 3) adds hybrids and 4) brings in another couple of models, including the Swift.
davy beam
suzuki would be wise to bring this car to the usa. plethora of gas and diesel powerplants should be there along with the rumored hybrid option too. as many body styles as possible would be another way for suzuki to get the name out there without too much extra effort. then suzuki and vw could co-develop the next Polo & Sprint from a shared platform, and rather well cover the entire planet market-wise, while introducing a new sized model to north american tastes. my two cents, of course.
MUSTANGFAN1
yes bring it please
Angel Rivera
I have one suzuki swift two doors 1993, and i want to see in the US market, included Puerto Rico, Thanks............

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