The current-generation Swift has been around since 2017. It means it will hit its fourth year of production this year. If we take a look at the model's history, it might take a year or two before an all-new model debut.
There are reports from Japan saying that we can expect a new Swift as early as the second half of 2022. That's according to the Japanese automotive website, Bestcarweb. Should the report be accurate, the current Swift will have the shortest production cycle at five years. Swift hatchbacks typically take around six to seven years before a redesigned model gets launched.
The report also says that it might be a re-skin of the present model. That's because the Hearttech lightweight architecture is relatively new, and Suzuki may want to maximize it as much as possible. But at the same time, Bestcarweb also says it could use an enhanced version of the current chassis.
Then there's the matter of the engines. Suzuki tends to hold on to engines longer than some manufacturers. For instance, the 1.2-liter mill used in the current Swift is part of the “K” engine family. That engine has been around since the late '90s. It recently received mild-hybrid technology during its minor model change. With that, Suzuki may keep using that engine, claims the Japanese publication.
Right now, it's too early to tell what the fifth-generation Swift (fourth in the Philippines) might be like. But once the spy shots start coming in, the next-generation hatchback could arriver sooner than later. However, there are no sightings of the all-new Swift yet, but there are a few shots of the redesigned Celerio floating around. With that, we're expecting the smaller hatchback to come out first before the next Swift.