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.
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