The next-generation 2022 Suzuki Swift looks set to be unveiled next year with evolutionary styling and mild-hybrid powertrains, according to overseas reports.
Japanese publication Best Car reports the fourth generation of Suzuki's popular city car will be unveiled in July 2022, underpinned by a "newly developed" platform likely to shave weight and improve rigidity over the outgoing architecture.
However, it remains unclear whether the new car's chassis will be all-new from the ground up, or instead a significantly revised version of the outgoing Swift's already-lightweight platform, introduced with the current, third-generation model in 2017.
Despite its overhauled frame, the Japanese outlet claims the new model's exterior design will represent an evolutionary step over its predecessor, with sharper lines and more angular styling.
While few interior details have been reported, expect a more advanced cabin with niceties like a larger infotainment screen and a semi-digital instrument cluster.
Above and throughout: Current-generation Suzuki Swift pictured (Sport above, GLX Turbo below and GL Navigator at bottom).
Under the bonnet, Best Car claims the current model's 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will be retained, in both standard petrol and mild-hybrid guises – though only the latter has ever been offered in Australia, developing 66kW and 120Nm in entry-level GL and GL Navigator guises Down Under.
The publication claims the next-generation Swift's 1.2-litre engines will boast "fuel efficiency and power feel [that] greatly surpass those of the current model" – but by how much fuel economy and power outputs will fall and rise respectively remains unclear.
The future of Australia's flagship 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder 'Boosterjet' petrol engine is unclear, given it isn't referenced in the Japanese report, and was discontinued in the Swift's home market in May 2020.
Hot hatch fans will be pleased to hear the warmed-up Swift Sport hot hatch will return for another generation, with Best Car reporting the sporty flagship will debut sometime in 2023.
The fourth-generation Swift Sport will reportedly feature a "refined" version of its predecessor's 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine – though whether it will improve on the current car's 103kW/230Nm outputs remains unclear – paired to an enthusiast-friendly six-speed manual transmission.
The third-generation Swift has been on sale in Australia since 2017 – meaning it will be around five and a half years old by the time it is replaced next year, a shorter than average lifespan for a popular model in the automotive industry.
Suzuki shifted 4332 examples of its 'flagship' city car in 2020, slotting it into fourth place in the Light under $25,000 market segment – behind the MG 3, Toyota Yaris and Kia Rio – and making it the Japanese brand's second most popular model, just 54 units behind the Vitara small SUV.
January 2021 sales figures tell a happier tale, with the Swift's 562-unit sales tally rocketing it into second place in the segment, and earning it the title of Suzuki's best-selling model.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more details – both official and rumoured – of the new 2022 Suzuki Swift and 2023 Suzuki Swift Sport as their debuts near in the coming years.