Next-gen Suzuki Swift to be unveiled in concept form at 2023 Japan Mobility Show
If there's one hatchback that is already due for a replacement, it's the Suzuki Swift. First launched in the Philippines back in mid-2018, the third-generation B-segment hatchback has received some subtle updates here and there. However, the Swift has been largely overtaken by its smaller siblings like the S-Presso and the Celerio.
Fortunately, Suzuki is all set to reveal the next-generation model of the sporty yet practical hatchback. Set to make its presence felt at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show (JMS) is the Swift Concept, and it's essentially our best look at the fourth-generation Suzuki Swift.
While it may look like the Swift Concept is just a heavily redesigned version of the outgoing model, Suzuki claims that it has new bodywork. A closer look and we can see that it does have some key differences over the outgoing generation. For starters, it gets a new grille up front along with a pair of redesigned LED headlights and foglights.
Also worth mentioning is the curved hoodline which appears to be seamlessly connected with the beltline – resulting in a rather distinct look for the Swift Concept. The pillar-mounted rear door handles from the current generation are no more as Suzuki decided to return to a traditional design. Meanwhile, the rear gets a new pair of LED taillights with unique C-shaped lighting elements along with a blacked-out rear bumper skirt.
Topping off the exterior décor are the diamond-cut alloy wheels, the L-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a black-painted roof which gives the hatchback a two-tone finish.
Hop inside and Suzuki was also busy changing up the Swift's interior. Immediately you are greeted by a bigger touchscreen on the center of the dashboard, a new climate control system, and sportier-looking gauges. Complementing the restyled cabin is a two-tone finish that consists of a black & white finish along with contrast stitching on the seats, as well as a flat-bottom steering wheel.
Under the hood, Suzuki says the Swift Concept is powered by a high-efficiency engine. The automaker did not exactly go into detail but it could be an improved version of the 1.2-liter K12C engine. Not only is it now available with a mild-hybrid setup, but it might also become available as a hybrid once the production version goes official.
With the 2023 Japan Mobility Show only several weeks away, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for more info about the Swift Concept.