Suzuki Swift Sport (2018–)
- May 2018: Swift Sport launched in the UK
- December 2019: Suzuki mild hybrids announced
- June 2020: Suzuki Swift Sport mild-hybrid priced from £21,570
Swift Sport launched in the UK
Standard equipment includes unique sport interior trim with semi bucket seats and red accents to the dashboard and console areas, six airbags, auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and six speakers, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and four electric windows. It's priced at £17,999.
After the introduction of the 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged engine in Vitara and S-Cross during 2016, this engine technology is now extended to the new Swift Sport. This unit has an output of 140PS and is Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). It offers 44 per cent more torque than the previous model which is available from just 2,500rpm.
Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (2.0-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure. In addition, the new Sport has an improved maximum torque figure of 230Nm which is available from just 2,500rpm up to 3,500rpm. The previous Sport model developed 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm.
The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine offers strong benefits in performance too with 0-62mph acceleration time of 8.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 130mph (where permitted).
Fitting with its position as Suzuki’s flagship sports model, the advanced handling capabilities found in previous Swift Sport models have been further refined in the new model, with greater driving stability, optimised roll rigidity, and improved dynamic response. Suspension roll angle has also been significantly reduced compared with the previous model and is now on par with its closest competitors. Carrying on from its predecessors, the new Swift Sport uses Monroe shock absorbers, which have a reputation for high performance.
The Swift Sport has an enhanced braking system to that of the standard Swift in order to match the additional performance available.
The 17-inch polished alloy wheels are of unique design to the new Sport and have been made even lighter in their composition. During manufacture and after the wheel has been cast, the rim is compressed and stretched using high pressure rollers in a process known as ‘flow forming’.
Suzuki mild hybrids announced
Suzuki has revealed plans to add three 48-volt mild hybrid models to itrs range from Spring 2020.
The new mild-hybrid engine will be introduced for Swift Sport, Vitara and S-Cross models and offer up to 20 per cent lower CO2 emissions, a greater level of torque and 15 per cent overall improvement in WLTP Combined fuel consumption. These models will directly replace the current 1.4-litre Boosterjet derivatives with manual transmission.
Similar in basic principle to the 12V Hybrid SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) system that Suzuki pioneered in 2016 and fitted to all manual transmission models in the Ignis range and Swift SZ5 models, the newly developed 48V Hybrid Powertrain remains very lightweight in design and the components add less than 15kg to the overall weight of the vehicle.
The new and higher-powered Suzuki SHVS system consists of a 48V lithium-ion battery, Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) and 48V-12V (DC/DC) converter to power components requiring lower voltage including lights, audio and air conditioning. The ISG acts as both a generator and starter motor, is belt driven and assists the petrol engine during vehicle take off for a higher level of torque with 235Nm available from 2,000rpm.
The compact and high-performance lithium-ion battery stores electrical energy recovered from deceleration and braking and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Starter Generator. This battery, along with the DC/DC convertor unit, are located under the front seats to assist overall weight distribution.
A further benefit of the new 48V Hybrid system is the introduction of electric motor idling when the clutch is disengaged and the engine speed is approximately 1,000rpm. This feature essentially replaces fuel injection with power from the electric motor to then control and maintain engine idling at vehicle speeds below 10mph and when stationary.
This function therefore eliminates fuel consumption under these conditions as engine momentum is electrically controlled by the ISG unit and the car is ready to re-accelerate on request with no engine restart delay.
Further detail and full specifications of the three new Hybrid models will be announced in advance of media and public launch which is planned for March 2020.
Suzuki Swift Sport mild-hybrid priced from £21,570
Orders are now being taken for the Suzuki Swift 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid, with Suzuki offering 0% finance and a seven-day return policy.