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Next year’s Suzuki Swift Sport will reportedly draw power from a turbo engine, according to British 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 turbo-charged 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 leaked online in March through images obtained by Autocar, there were claims a turbocharged engine would feature in the Sport variant.
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 next-generation range, speculation continues. If previously leaked images are accurate (spy photos suggest they are), the new Swift will offer refreshed styling with a redesigned front bumper, LED driving lights, hidden rear door handles and a “floating” roof.
The interior will also gain a number of 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, and will go on sale early next year. An Australasian launch could occur towards the end of 2017.