Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Unknown | posted March 21, 2016 08:00
Alleged next-generation Suzuki Swift gets angular exterior
The current Suzuki Swift has been in the local market for nearly five years and has only received subtle interior upgrades along with a new Sport variant. Things are about to change however, after what appears to be renderings of the new-generation hatch were recently released on the web.
If the images are to believed, the next-generation Swift will have a slightly angular look while still retaining the current-generation’s shape and roofline. Moreover, styling cues from the Baleno also appear to have made their way to the new hatchback.
Finished in white, is apparently the Sport variant which gets a hexagonal grill design, front lip spoiler and larger air intakes. The headlights appeared to have been derived from the Baleno, along with the circular foglights.
Over to its side, the flared wheel arches and sloped rooflin have been retained. The rear door handles, on the other hand, are now placed on the C-pillar, giving five-door variants a three-door look. Completing it all are side skirts and new alloy wheels. The rear gets dual exhaust, diffuser-integrated bumper, bee-sting antenna and a spoiler-mounted stop lamp.
The new look also makes its way inside, with the center console getting new rotary switches and a new dual pod instrument cluster. There is also a new multifunction steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment and splashes of metal accents on the dashboard.
These supposed images of the Swift also indicate that standard models carry much of the styling cues from the Sport. The standard model however loses some key exterior elements like the front lip spoiler, side skirts and diffuser integrated rear bumper. In addition, it also has its own set of alloy wheels, and a simpler roof-mounted spoiler.
Details of the engines for the next-generation Swift have not yet been confirmed though it could borrow its engine lineup from the Baleno which is powered by either a turbocharged 1.0-liter or a naturally-aspirated 1.2-liter.