Suzuki is expected to expand its lineup in the U.S. with the reintroduction of its all-new Swift small hatch that’s likely to hit showrooms sometime late in the year or early next. The previous, second generation model reignited interest in the brand with its extensive standard features, distinctive styling and resurgence in quality, and following the successful introduction of the stylish and well-equipped 2010 Kizashi sedan, Suzuki is now readying its third generation Swift.

The car has just made its debut in Europe where it will go on sale in both three- and five-door bodystyles this fall. Overseas it will be available with a new 1.2-liter mill producing 94 horsepower and returning an impressive 47 mpg on the combined cycle when equipped with a manual transmission. An automatic will also be available as will a 1.3-liter diesel engine returning an even better 56 mpg.

2011 Suzuki Swift

2011 Suzuki Swift

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 2011 Chevrolet Aveo either in showrooms already or on their way.

The latest Suzuki Swift measures in at 12.6 feet in length, 5.5 feet in width and just under 5.0 feet in height. Extensive use of higher strength steel makes the new bodyshell lighter and stiffer than before as well as offering refinement in underbody design. This latest body design also helps improve impact safety for pedestrians as well as occupants.

Additionally, an increased track and larger diameter wheels with lower profile tires allow for even better handling than the already highly acclaimed previous generation model.

There’s no official word yet on U.S. details but stay tuned for further clues as we approach its likely debut towards the end of the year.