For the first time, the Swift Sport will have a turbocharged engine. It will be a more potent version of the 138bhp 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine used in the Vitara crossover. This will replace the current naturally aspirated 1.6-litre 136bhp unit.
All of the positive traits of the preceding two Swift Sports are expected to carry over to the new car, including the engaging handling, impressive body control, slick manual gearbox, subtle bodykit and low kerbweight. The latter could even drop to less than 1000kg; the current model weighs in at 1045kg.
Suzuki had showcased the previous edition of the Swift Sport at the 2014 Auto Expo although it never made it to Indian showrooms. Now, with the likes of Fiat Punto Abarth and the Volkswagen Polo GTI already available in the Indian market, Maruti may want to explore the performance hatchback space.
If you remember, they’ve already launched the performance version of their Baleno hatchback, the Baleno RS in India.