The next Suzuki Swift has been caught on camera again ahead of its expected arrival in showrooms in 2024 – with the option of hybrid powertrain.
UPDATE, January 20, 2023: New photos of the next-gen Suzuki Swift have surfaced online ahead of the showroom’s arrival in Australia sometime in 2024.
While timing and price have yet to be confirmed, there is widespread speculation that the next-gen Suzuki Swift could be available with a choice of fuel-efficient petrol engines, as well as the option of hybrid and eventually electric powertrains.
The latest images circulating on social media appear to show the same prototype captured by camera in Europe last year. It is unclear whether the mask hides real headlights or prototype lamps. However, the outlines of the headlights of the prototype appear to be an evolution of the headlights of today’s car.
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July 28, 2022: What is that supposed to be 2023 Suzuki Swift next generation city car was spied on in Europe before launching in Japan this year.
While the spied prototype doesn’t sport a Suzuki badging, its proportions are reminiscent of current and previous generations of the Swift, with alloy wheels and headlight clusters resembling the car in showrooms today.
Gone are the “hidden” high-mounted rear door handles introduced with the current Swift, replaced by traditional units at the same height as the front handles – and a more conventional C-pillar without a black plastic accent like on today’s cars.
The overall design appears to be a nod to the first (2004-10) and second generation (2010-17) European Swifts, with an upright rear pillar, simple proportions and taillights that do not extend into the tailgate.
A camouflage film hides the front-end design, but the headlights appear to be of a similar shape to the current Suzuki Swift, with an equally similar elliptical grille design.
The interior of the new Swift isn’t visible in these spy photos, but Suzuki’s latest-generation models offer a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, digitized instrument displays and niceties like cellphone charging, 360-degree cameras and heated leather seats .
Reports from Japan suggest the next Swift will be available with some form of hybrid powertrain – some sources claim It will be a mild hybrid system with a 1.2-liter engine others suggest a Toyota-like “full hybrid” option with a 1.5-liter engine.
A 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is rumored to be offered in most models in Japan – although it’s unclear whether the 1.0-litre turbo engine will continue in Australia’s GLX Turbo.
A new Swift Sport flagship is due to follow in 2023, with a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a mild-hybrid system expected to produce around 110kW – up from 103kW for the current non-hybrid Sport or 95 kW in Europe, where the current Sport is offered as a 48-volt mild hybrid.
Japanese reports suggest that the 2023 Suzuki Swift could be unveiled in the coming months – although the fact that the first prototypes are only now being seen suggests a launch could be even further away, possibly next year.
An Australian launch is far from a certainty, as the deletion of the Indian-built Baleno will leave the Swift as Suzuki’s sole offering in the ‘light car’ market segment.