Maybe it'll look better in person?
We know what the standard all-new fourth generation version of the Suzuki Swift hatch brings to the fore; a brand new platform, new design that builds on the aesthetic established by its predecessor, predictably lively and responsive dynamics, and a new turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine.
However, Suzuki has spent a little more time working on the next Swift Sport, with an official in-the-flesh debut scheduled for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September (the 12th, to be precise). Prior to that, the Japanese automaker would kindly like to present us with what we will soon be seeing come that Tuesday in Germany.
This car would be the third all-new model since Suzuki began offering the Swift as a recurring and semi-differentiated Sport model, with the first one appearing back in 2005. Just like the standard Swift, the new Sport brings with it a complete redesign and ostensibly a new ingredient to hot hatch recipe.
Supposing Suzuki would want to push the new Sport a little further upmarket, competing with the likes of the upcoming (and all-new) Volkswagen Polo GTI, Ford Fiesta ST, Renault Clio RS or Peugeot 208 GTI, they would have to arm the Swift with a level of poise and dynamic sophistication that the Swift Sport has not had so far. At the very least, it needs to be as quick.
Perhaps expecting Suzuki to match the slow-speed refinement of those European marques would be a bridge too far, especially considering that the Swift Sport traditionally appealed to a set of drivers that prioritises light weight and a lively chassis over acceleration or turbocharged pace.
Now that Suzuki has begun to introduce forced-inducted engines into the line-up, however, perhaps a swifter Swift is the logical evolution. They haven’t released any additional specifications or information alongside this single picture, mind you, and it’s unclear if they will choose to start a slow drip of information regarding this new car that will culminate at its Frankfurt Motor Show debut or save everything for the main event.