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by Tim Beissmann

The Suzuki Swift S-Concept has debuted at the Geneva Motor Show overnight, with enhanced sports styling pointing towards the upcoming Swift Sport successor.

Suzuki was light on the details of the Swift S-Concept, with the Japanese manufacturer maintaining that it is a design study only.

The Swift S-Concept is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine like the current-generation Swift Sport, although Suzuki would not elaborate on power outputs or performance data.

Also featured is a six-speed manual transmission, a feature unique to the S-Concept and not currently found in either the current Swift Sport or the all-new standard Swift hatch.

Visually, the Swift S-Concept means business, although expect the production version of the Swift Sport to be tamed down considerably.

Highlights include the Kizashi-inspired plunging black grille, brushed metallic bumper inserts and claws around the chrome fog lights, red Brembo brake calipers screaming from behind 18-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels, large roof-mounted rear wing, rear diffuser with twin exhaust pipes, and smoky tinting on the headlights and taillights.

Inside, the Swift S-Concept features black and yellow leather Recaro sports seats; leather sports steering wheel and gearstick; metallic pedals and piano black dashboard surfaces.

Suzuki Australia’s Andrew Ellis said despite the unveiling of the Swift S-Concept, there was no more news about the new Swift Sport.

Mr Ellis confirmed the next generation sports model was under development and he expected it to follow a similar timeline to the previous Swift range in Australia.

The Swift was initially launched in Australia in February 2005 and the Sport joined the range in September 2006. The wait for the new Sport is expected to be slightly shorter, although don’t expect to get behind the wheel of one until at least early next year.

Mr Ellis said the Swift S-Concept was designed to gather feedback from the public that would help shape Suzuki’s future small sports models.

The previous generation Swift Sport currently sells alongside the updated Swift in Australia and sits at the top of the range despite offering an older package.

Mr Ellis said this had not deterred Australians from ordering it in their usual numbers.

“We recently ordered extra stock of the Swift Sport, so we’re in pretty good shape,” Mr Ellis said.

“It’s selling at the same rate as it has been, so we’re happy with it.”




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