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The 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport has been confirmed for the Australian market, with the company’s local arm expecting its new hot hatch in the first quarter of 2018.

Sitting above the current GLX Turbo flagship, the Swift Sport is powered by a 1.4-litre ‘Boosterjet’ turbocharged petrol engine, developing 103kW of power and 250Nm of torque – a 70Nm leap over its predecessor.

Performance times are yet to be announced, but considering the new model has a kerb weight of just 970kg – down from 1060kg – you can expect brisk acceleration from the little hatchback.

Shifting gears are either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, though final pricing and specifications for both versions are yet to be confirmed.

As a guide, however, the GLX Turbo comes in at $22,990 plus on-road costs – though you’ll find many for that price drive-away – so it’s logical to expect the Sport to start around the $25,000 mark.

Stay tuned for a pricing and specs run-down in the lead-up to the Swift Sport’s launch in the first quarter of 2018.

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