Suzuki Swift Sport 140 PS makes global debut – Being considered for India
Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the Swift sport in India. This will take on the likes of Punto Abarth, Polo GTI, ant the likes.
Last year, Suzuki took wraps off the new generation Swift hatchback. With the regular Swift now unveiled for quite some time, enthusiasts were looking forward to the debut of Swift Sport. Not anymore. The new Swift Sport has been unveiled online, ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a few weeks.
The new generation Swift Sport, the performance derivative of the third generation hatchback, will phase out the existing normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine in favor of the new 1.4-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine.
The outgoing 1.6-litre mill produced 138 PS while the downsized turbo unit reportedly puts out 150 PS. While the difference in the power output is not much, the next-gen model which will be based on a new platform is expected to benefit from significant weight savings.
The driver focused variant of Swift, will continue to feature a 6-speed manual transmission and a suspension set up that is tuned for enhanced handling. New bumpers, aerodynamic body kits and larger alloy wheels are the other elements that would separate the Sport variant from regular Swift variants.
From the only image shared by Suzuki, it reveals that the front grill is the major difference between the Swift (image above) and Swift Sport as far as exteriors are concerned. Swift Sport gets a honeycomb grille in the front, while the lower bumper design has also been changed.
The new Maruti Swift comes with significant design overhaul. The tight fitting flat roofline is the only visual connection the new car has to its predecessor. The front bold front fascia receives a larger grille and peeled back headlamps. The rear fascia too has nothing in common with the current gen car.
Swift Sport in India?
Sadly, the Swift Sport has never been launched in India. Maruti opted not to bring the first two generations of the Swift Sport to India, but with demand for such cars on the rise, it seems that India’s largest car maker is inclining towards giving consumers in India the much awaited Maruti Swift Sport.
In the recent months, India has seen the launch of Punto Abarth, Avventura Abarth, and the Polo GTI. Though the demand for such cars is limited, with Maruti launching Swift Sport, it could completely change the game for the segment.