The 2017 Suzuki Swift Sport will reportedly draw power from a turbo engine when it debuts next year, according to UK magazine Autocar.
The report, which offers no word on its source, claims the next-generation Swift Sport will do away with the enduring naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre engine, instead joining the growing brigade of turbocharged light hatches.
Suzuki will supposedly use the 1.4-litre engine on offer in the current-gen Vitara S Turbo, which produces 103kW of power and 220Nm of torque. This offers an increase of 3kW/60Nm over the current 1.6-litre engine.
Although not confirmed, we could also see the engine’s figures bumped slightly to add even more sport to the Sport’s capabilities.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the Japanese car maker planning a turbo option for its popular hatch range. When the next-generation Swift was purportedly leaked online back in March through images obtained by Autocar, there were initial claims a turbocharged engine would feature in the Sport variant.
Above: next-generation Suzuki Swift spied in March
Additionally, the entry-level Euro-spec Swift will reportedly be powered by an 82kW/170Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine.
With no official word from Suzuki on what powertrains will feature in the yet-to-be-announced next-generation range, speculation continues.
If previously-leaked images are accurate – and spy photos suggest they are – the next-generation Swift will offer refreshed styling, featuring a redesigned front bumper, LED driving lights, hidden rear door handles and a ‘floating’ roof. The interior will also gain a number refreshed design elements like a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a large touchscreen infotainment system.
The next-generation Swift is expected to be unveiled towards the end of this year, with sales to begin in selected markets in early 2017.
Australian availability is yet to be confirmed, however a local launch could occur towards the end of 2017.