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New Suzuki Swift Sport here in 2018 – A “genuine hot hatch,” Suzuki claims

The all-new Suzuki Swift Sport has been confirmed for arrival into Australia early in 2018.

FOLLOWING ITS REVEAL at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, Suzuki Australia has confirmed the new Swift Sport will arrive Down Under early in 2018. There’s no fixed date yet and no pricing or final specification; this will be released closer to the local launch next year.

The new Swift Sport weighs in, without the driver at just 970kg and gets 70Nm more torque than the old car which means it should be quite the little mover. And you’ll be able to buy it with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Indeed, Suzuki is on record as claiming it’s now a “genuine hot hatch”.

In its announcement, Suzuki Motor Corporation Chief Engineer Masao Kobori said, “It’s lighter, sharper, and quicker. It’s more aggressive and emotive, but we’ve also refined the elements that make it practical to use every day.”

Mr Kobori continued, “With the third generation we’ve moved the game on to the next level as a genuine hot hatch. And I’m confident that when you drive it you’re going to go ‘WOW!’.”

Michael Pachota, Suzuki Australia General Manager Automobiles said, “Similar to the legend status of our famed Swift GTi, Sport has developed a global cult following with the first two generations. Venturing down the path of trying to top that is no easy task but that is exactly what we’ve done with the all new Swift Sport. The level of performance, tech, safety, and style is unparalleled and we are counting down the weeks until it hits our shores.”


  • Azmodan

    1003kW, 220Nm even in 970kg is not hot, it’s warm at best. If they pushed it to 120kW, 250Nm then it would be a nicer proposition. I guess aftermarket can step up down the track, but I’d rather a second hand Polo GTi.

    • seasoned adventurer

      and inherit the reliability issues plagued with the awful 1.4L and the dry clutch 7spd DSG? No thanks. I’d rather the RS Clio RS200 – more power, more features, proven engine and gearbox and faster around the traps.

      • Azmodan

        Yeah that’s right every single one of them has issues. Most of the DSG issues were from 2009-2010 models. Much less problems now and if you are worried get a manual. Clio interior is garbage, great drive, but mickey mouse inside. Polo doesn’t look as good, but much better overall package and Swift not even in the same league as any of these cars.

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Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.