The Suzuki Swift is a hot little hatch still sold in most parts of the globe and in its Swift Sport guise can be a hoot to drive, easily upsetting some much more expensive models when it comes to fun factor. Unfortunately, there’s still no official confirmation of plans to introduce the latest generation Suzuki Swift to the U.S. market but there’s certainly a lot of publicity surrounding the stylish hatchback.
Late last year we saw the funky looking Suzuki Swift R-Concept and at this week’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show the Japanese automaker has rolled out the new Swift S-Concept.
The concept is essentially the regular production Swift dressed up with some serious go-fast gear. The design of the Swift S-Concept follows the theme of “more sporty and exciting”, reflected by its stylish appearance with bold, accentuated bodywork design and rear roof spoiler.
The body is 30 mm lower and 60 mm wider than that of the standard Swift and has such a strong visual presence that it doesn’t seem as compact as it actually is. The paint finish also has a high luster that looks different from varying angles.
For the interior, the steering wheel and instrument cluster have exclusive designs with Recaro styled sports seats in the front and parts of the center console are made of carbon fiber.
Last sold in the U.S. in 2001, the Swift is primed for a return as CAFE standards and market pressures prepare the American public for a new breed of small cars. In fact, the small-car band wagon is piling high with automakers, including those from Detroit, with vehicles like the 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011 Mazda2, and 2012 Chevrolet Sonic either in showrooms already or on their way.
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