The third-generation 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport premiered during this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model now sits lower, has impressive torque to weight ratio, and features a more aggressive styling than before. According to Masao Kobori, Swift Sport chief engineer, the new model is meant for drivers who value a dynamic driving experience above anything else. And to make it more appealing to buyers in the hot hatch territory, they had to make the new model lighter, faster, and more stimulating than before.
Suzuki called it quits back in 2012, with the problem being lack of adequate sales. And it wasn’t because the vehicles were badly built or because there was a lot of competition, it was due to the lack of brand awareness and shortage of dealers to sell them even if you wanted one. The last of the dying breeds were the SX4 compact hatchback and Kizashi mid-size sedans.
But this notwithstanding, the Japanese brand still managed to make a name for itself outside of the United States. The best testament being the 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport. It is entertaining yet affordable. For 2018, the Suzuki Swift Sport shed around 176 pounds over its predecessor. Furthermore, it is more powerful thanks to the 1.4L turbocharged Powerjet engine that produces nearly 140 hp and 170 lbs. ft. of torque.
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For improved shifter directness and feel, it comes with a fine tuned six-speed manual transmission system. The suspension has also been upgraded front through to the rear. At the front, it utilizes improved camber rigidity and shocks, while at the rear it comes with torsion beams and trailing arms. What all this translates to is smoother cornering and better handling.
The dimensions weren’t spared either. The wheelbase has now been increased by 0.8 inches. The body length by 40mm, and height decreased by 0.6 inch. Aside from these, the exterior now features blacked-out A-pillars; carbon-fiber look accentuation for the seventeen-inch thin-spoke alloy wheels, rear diffuser, side skirts, front-lip spoiler, and front grille.
Inside the new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport, you’ll notice the same exterior design language pairs well with the relatively simple interior design. Some of the features you’ll find include a sporty D –shaped steering wheel, red trimmings, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The 7.0-inch display is crisp, uncluttered, and intuitive. It also features modern infotainment systems such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The last batch of the facelifts are in terms of the driver assisting technologies. They are advanced and include lane-departure warning, automatic emergency warning, drowsiness warning system, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
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- exterior changes
- engine specs
- release date & price
- interior redesign
Exterior - Suzuki Swift Sport 2018
In terms of the exterior design, it’s fair to say that the new model features an almost exclusive frontal design. It conveys a sense of imminent and tautness action portrayed especially by the front grille and bumper. Again, the vertically arranged front and rear lamps, blacked-out A pillars, and muscular shoulders are further highlighted by the black aerodynamic under spoilers spanning the rear, side, and front.
Additional design detailing includes: thin-spoke seventeen-inch alloy wheels; a carbon fiber embossing for the rear diffuser, side skirts, front-lip spoiler, and front grille; a tapered shape for the dual exhaust tips; and a unique staggered for the honeycomb grille now with a large opening.
Driver Assisting Technologies
In efforts aimed at making it even safer for the driver and passengers, the new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport comes with a boatload of driver aiding technologies. Advanced forward detection system – uses a laser sensor and a monocular camera combination to recognize and detect lane markers and pedestrians and thereby prevent unnecessary collisions.
Dual Sensor Brake Support. In the same token, this one also comes with a laser sensor and a monocular camera to assess the risk of collision. Upon detection, the car automatically brakes, or alerts the driver depending on the prevailing situation.
Lane departure warning. This feature is activated at speeds over 60km/h and is designed to issue warnings depending on the lane driven on. It is a first for the Suzuki Sport and is designed to automatically assist the driver get back to safety by controlling steering.
Adaptive cruise control. This one gauges vehicle to vehicle distance and alerts the driver whenever the vehicle comes into close contact to another vehicle thereby preventing potential collisions.
Other safety technologies include pedestrian injury mitigation, tire pressure monitoring, emergency stop signal, radar brake support, high beam assist, and weaving departure warning.
2018 Suzuki Swift Sport Engine Specs
As already told, the new vehicle comes equipped with the same 1.4L four-cylinder turbocharged engine as before. It has however been redesigned to offer 10Nm of additional torque. The brand says it can generate 103W and 230Nm at between 2500-3000rpm.
Release Date & Price
According to other popular news outlets, the new model should be expected to go for sale sometime in early 2018, first in Japan and Australia, and elsewhere thereafter. Pricing is still under wraps but we would expect the MY18 Swift Sport to be offered for under $25K and the 82kW three-pot GLX Turbo auto for $22,900.
The new 2018 Swift Sport model’s interior returns with subtle yet important redesigns. The instrument panel is driver-focused and the red interior accentuation immediately stir the user’s imagination. The sports driving experience is enhanced by the new boost and oil temperature gauges. Contrasting colors are also available for the main gauges.
Materials and surface texture is of high quality and precision-crafted. Every element inside the cabin is driver-oriented and tuned for enjoyment and sports functionality. The dimpled leather along with the D-shape steering wheel gives a more secure grip, with a red cross-stitching, piano black accents, and satin finish. Additionally, the chrome-finished sports alloy pedals and shift knob further complement the sporty driving feel.
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