The Suzuki Swift Sport is definitely a car many Indian driving enthusiasts crave for but presently, the carmaker is busy preparing highly updated versions of Baleno and Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Swift has been the most popular lower-B-segment hatchback since 2005 now. It has been appreciated by many for the stylish looks, decent ride, sharp handling and a peppy engine. Another plus point of this small car is the attractive price point it is sold in. However, in spite of the sporty looks and a strong performance, the Swift certainly doesn’t qualify as a hot hatch. Abroad, though, it’s sold in a sportier iteration that’s known as the Suzuki Swift Sport. The Sport model is decidedly cooler and the ideal choice for anyone who wants a fun-to-drive car without breaking the bank.
In fact, the Suzuki Swift Sport is even the sportiest model sold by the popular Jap carmaker in various car markets around the globe. It has found a good demand in the European market. Initially, there were even some rumours of this car being India-bound but later, it emerged that this hot hatch won’t be launched in India as it would turn out to be very expensive. There’s actually no denying the high performance that his car offers but it looks like an owner recently decided to test towing skills of his vehicle by using it to to a heavy 3-ton lorry!. Moreover, as per him, the Swift Sport could manage to tow the heavy load pretty effortlessly. This is surely something that speaks volume about the grunt this car has on offer.
The Swift Sport seen in the images above belongs to the previous generation. In its latest version, this Suzuki hot-hatch draws its power from a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 140bhp along with a peak torque of 230Nm. The motor comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard and a torque-converter automatic unit is optionally available. Compared to the regular version, the Sport model benefits from a stiffer suspension, more grunt and several tweaks to the styling package that make it look a lot more desirable.
It doesn’t look like the Suzuki Swift Sport would launch in India anytime soon. So far, Maruti Suzuki has preferred selling cars that tend to have a high sales volume. In fact, in the past, it has even burnt its fingers with low-volume models like the Kizashi and the Grand Vitara XL7. However, we’re still hoping to have the performance-focussed hatchback go on sale here in the future. For now, though, the carmaker is focussed on preparing highly updated versions of the Vitara Brezza and Baleno.