Curiously – but enticing for European customers – the Japanese automaker has decided not to postpone the introduction of the new Swift Sport for next month at Tokyo and instead opted for a reveal in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Swift Sport joins the seemingly ever-expanding niche of hot hatchbacks with its own proposition – it’s a city car with a feisty appearance and maximum every-day utilization credentials. The Sport derivation now comes with a more aggressive appearance and an enhanced aerodynamic package compared to regular versions – including a front spoiler lip and a modified grille with a new honeycomb pattern. There are also new side skirts, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, as well as a unique Champion Yellow paint inspired by their car from the Junior WRC championship. The rear comes with a new diffuser and dual exhaust tip, as well as a roof-mounted spoiler.
More so, the Swift Sport comes lighter than its predecessor – dropping a considerable 80 kilograms (176 pounds) when taking into account the cutesy city hot hatch tips the scales at a mere 970 kg (2,138 lbs). Another crucial change is the retirement of the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine – in its place comes a turbocharged 1.4-liter good for 103 kilowatts (138 horsepower) and 170 lb-ft (230 Newton-meters) of torque, meaning that while power is only barely up by four ponies, the maximum torque has jumped 52 lb-ft (70 Nm). The young at heart Swift Sport features a purists’ six speed manual box, and inside customers will find semi-bucket seats, a new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink connectivity as well as sporty red accents.