Old vs New: After 7 years, all-new 4th-gen Suzuki Swift previewed before 2023 Japan Mobility Show
CY Foong · Oct 4, 2023 02:05 PM
At the upcoming 2023 Japan Mobility Show, formerly known as the Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki announced that it will be unveiling a whopping 11 concepts for the first time but one which piqued our interest the most is the Suzuki Swift Concept.
Though it is a concept in name, the hatchback looks production-ready and previews the looks of the upcoming fourth-generation Swift. The outgoing third-generation Swift, meanwhile has been on sale since 2016 though only the Swift Sport is officially sold in Malaysia in this generation.
While powertrains and further figures will only be announced closer to its official launch which is expected to be in 2024, we can observe the differences in design between the outgoing generation and the all-new successor.
Immediately, the biggest talking point is the front with the all-new Swift resembling what might be a parrotfish. Compared to its predecessor, the Swift appears less adorable but the overall shape which is reminiscent of a MINI is largely retained.
The familiar headlights also receive an update with J-shape DRLs while below, the front fog lamps are placed in their individual housing rather than being connected by a trim.
While we are still at the front, there is a new clamshell-like bonnet design with the crease line going around the hatchback. Across the side, the rear door handles are placed in a more standard position than being hidden close to the C-pillar.
Because of that, the all-new Swift doesn’t have a floating roof design and the concept image shows that it sports a two-tone blue colour with a black roof.
At the back, the next-gen Swift doesn’t look as dramatic as the front with the taillights sporting a revised light signature and shape though the production car might swap them out for a more conventional-looking lenses. There is also a black garnish on the lower part of the bumper which also houses the rear reflectors.
Suzuki also revealed images of the all-new Swift’s interior which has been overhauled with prime focus on the floating infotainment display in the middle. The unit was placed below the air vents in the middle of the outgoing generation.
Keeping up with modern trends, the air-conditioning controls on the all-new Swift are revealed to mainly consist of buttons and toggle-like switches instead of traditional knobs and dials. However, analogue dials remain on the all-new Swift flanking a multi-info display proving that some things should remain old-school.
While powertrain details remain mum for now, Suzuki claims the hatchback is powered by a “high-efficiency engine striking a balance between driving performance and fuel efficiency”. In terms of transmission, the official image reveals a CVT-type automatic though a manual transmission might be offered for the next-gen Swift Sport.