Suzuki Swift (2017) out of the bag

Published: 04 April 2016

► Next Suzuki Swift due in 2017
► Curvier design, ‘floating’ roof
► Latest Boosterjet petrol engines

Seems the Suzuki Swift is set to become a little curvier. These are the first shots of Suzuki’s next-generation supermini testing on the public road; despite its bagged-up disguise a more prominent headlight and tail-light design are clearly evident, along with a more three-dimensional treatment for the car’s rear hatch.

Leaked renderings surfaced elsewhere online have hinted at a curvier, more bulbous design and partially blacked-out C-pillars that deliver a DS-style floating roof effect. Hidden rear door handles evident on this prototype’s upper rear doors, absorbed into the window graphic.

What’s powering the next Suzuki Swift?

Suzuki’s latest 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine is expected to slot into the new Swift – a good thing, if our first drive of the similarly powered new Suzuki Baleno is anything to go by. The larger 1.4-litre Boosterjet, currently found in the Vitara, is also expected to join the range.

When can I see the new Suzuki Swift without all the bin liners?

It’s expected to be officially revealed before the end of 2016, potentially at the Paris motor show in autumn, and to launch in 2017. A warmed-up Swift Sport model will follow a little later. 

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer