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PostHeaderIcon Suzuki Swift Sport

Introduced in 2000 as the Suzuki Ignis, the Swift was redesigned in 2004 and again in 2010 when the third-generation model was launched. In 2017, Suzuki brought the fourth-generation into the spotlight with the company’s brand-new design language, which debuted on the slightly bigger Baleno. Unveiled for the European market at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new Swift received its higher-performance Sport version a few months later, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Developed as a higher performance version aimed at similar offerings from Volkswagen and Ford, the Swift Sport has been around since 2005. The recipe was pretty much simple and revolved mostly around a slightly more powerful engine and a few chassis tweaks. Unlike hot-hatches like the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST, the Swift Sport didn’t really stand out in the lineup styling-wise. But this changes with the new hatchback, which gained a more individual appearance and even a range of unique features. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Suzuki Swift Sport.

Exterior


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“The grille is flanked by larger fog lamp housings, while the splitter below adds a touch of aggressiveness to the bumper”

Modern and sportier than ever, the new Swift is surprisingly aggressive in its Sport trim. Especially when compared to the outgoing model, which was… well… very boring. The new Swift also has a rather unique look, mostly because its styling blends European design features with Japanese Kei car elements. As I said before, I can’t stand a very serious, mature hatchback that draws too many cues from a sedan, and Suzuki read my mind with the new Swift Sport.

So what makes it different compared to the standard model?

First up, there a larger grille up front. Like most sports-trimmed models, it features a honeycomb mesh and a more aggressive frame. The black horizontal bar that separates the upper section from the one that trickles into the bumper is also unique to this model. The grille is flanked by larger fog lamp housings, while the splitter below adds a touch of aggressiveness to the bumper. The latter is made from a plastic that mimics carbon-fiber in a very authentic way. Sure, it’s not the real deal and this may be a turn off for most enthusiasts, but I think it’s a nice touch on an affordable car.


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“Around back, there's a diffuser-like element made from fake carbon-fiber and a pair of large exhaust pipes”

The Swift’s profile is already appealing to look at in standard guise, but the fake carbon skirts and the bespoke, thin-spoke 17-inch wheels further enhance the muscular beltline and the roof that “floats” on blacked-out pillars. Around back, there’s a new diffuser-like element made from the same fake carbon and a pair of large exhaust pipes. The sporty look is rounded off by a black-colored spoiler atop the tailgate.

Seven exterior colors are available for the Swift Sport, including three new hues. Six of them are taken from the standard Swift palette and include Burning Red Pearl Metallic, Speedy Blue Metallic, Pure White Pearl, Premium Silver Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, and Super Black Pearl. The red and blue were introduced with the new Swift. Finally, there’s Champion Yellow, a color inspired by the color scheme of the Suzuki Works rally car from the Junior World Rally Championship.

Interior


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“Arguably the most noticeable new features are the bright red accents on the dashboard, center console, and door panels”

The interior doesn’t stand out as much as the exterior, but it’s no surprise that the layout is identical to that in the standard model. Thankfully, Suzuki did add a few extra features, so it’s safe to say that the Sport’s cabin is somewhat unique.

Arguably the most noticeable new features are the bright red accents on the dashboard, center console, and door panels. These add-ons not only add a splash of color to the overall black interior — which I’m not a big fan of, by the way — but also give the car a more upscale look. The instrument cluster also features red accents, especially in the rev counter gauge. And speaking of that, the Swift Sport comes with new boost and oil temperature gauges.

In front of the instrument cluster there’s a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in dimpled leather for a more secure grip. The wheel is actually more of a mild D shape, so it’s not overly aggressive, but it adds a touch of sportiness to the cabin, while the standard leather puts it closer to the competition.


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“In front of the instrument cluster there's a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in dimpled leather for a more secure grip”

Speaking of higher quality materials, the Swift Sport package also includes piano black accents, red cross-stitching, satin finish for various elements, a chromed gear shift knob, and alloy sports pedals. Finally, it has semi-bucket front seats that provide enhanced support for spirited driving. The Bluetooth-compatible Smartphone Linkage Display Audio Display*unit with the seven-inch touchscreen and a SD Card 3D-map navigation is standard equipment.

On top of all of the Sport-spec features above, you will benefit from all the new stuff in the new, third-generation Swift. Highlights include air conditioning, DAB radio, four speakers, rear privacy glass, and a rear-view camera. The new Swift also benefits from increased roominess. There’s almost an inch of extra head clearance, more legroom for rear passengers, as well as 25-percent more luggage space.

Drivetrain


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“Powered by a 1.4-liter, Boosterjet engine, the Swift Sport is rated at 138 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque”

Powered by the company’s relatively new 1.4-liter, Boosterjet engine, the Swift Sport is rated at 138 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. That’s an eight-horsepower and 50-pound-feet increase over the outgoing model. It’s pretty decent for a new-generation car, but it’s also significantly off compared to what you get with the Volkswagen Polo GTi and Ford Fiesta ST, both of which deliver almost 200 horsepower.

Needless to say, Suzuki’s claim that the Swift Sport delivers hot-hatch performance isn’t exactly true. Still, with a curb weight of only 970 kg and a revised suspension system, the Swift Sport is a solid option if you don’t want to pay Volkswagen or Ford premiums.

Not only 80 kg lighter than the outgoing model, the new Swift Sport also uses a new turbocharger that helps the engine produce impressive torque from low in the rev range, while the small displacement and direct fuel injection system optimizes fuel consumption. The old 6-speed manual transmission has been enhanced, with retuned actuating force providing improved shift smoothness and increased driver feedback.


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“In the suspension department, the Swift Sport continues to use Monroe shock absorbers front and rear”

In the suspension department, the Swift Sport continues to use Monroe shock absorbers front and rear, but the chassis received numerous upgrades compared to the standard model. The wheel hub and wheel bearings have been made into a single unit, and the width between the bearings has been expanded, which results in a 15-percent increase in camber rigidity during cornering.

The rear suspension was also specifically designed to ensure superior stability. The trailing arm was developed exclusively for this model to minimize deformation during cornering. Finally, toe rigidity has been improved by 1.4 times compared to its predecessor, and camber rigidity is higher by a factor of nearly three. All told, expect the new Swift Sport to be the sportiest iteration of the hatchback ever made.

Prices


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Pricing for the new Swift Sport isn’t yet available, but it’s safe to assume that it will cost more than the range-topping SZ5 trim of the standard model, priced from £14,499. It should also cost less than the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST, which are expected to start from around £19,000 to £20,000. All told, look for a sticker set around £17,000 to £18,000. For reference, the base model starts from £10,999.

Competition

Volkswagen Polo GTI


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One of the most popular subcompact hot-hatches in Europe, the Polo GTI was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Now benefiting from the sportier, more angular looks of the new Polo (heavily based on the latest Golf), the new GTI sports a range of unique design features, including red detailing on the front grille, a diffuser-like element around back, and special wheels. The cabin is by far the most appealing in this niche thanks to its clean, high-tech looks and premium market features. Under the hood, the old 1.8-liter four-cylinder was replaced with a 2.0-liter unit, making the Polo GTI the hot-hatch with the biggest engine in this comparison. The four-banger generates 197 horsepower and 240 pound-feet, a small upgrade over the outgoing model that puts it on par with the Fiesta ST, but below the Yaris GRMN. Obviously, it’s significantly more powerful than the Swift Sport. As far as performance goes, it’s as quick as the Fiesta ST with a 0-to-62 mph time of 6.7 seconds, but it’s slower than the Yaris. Top speed is rated at 146 mph, the highest in this niche. Pricing is not yet available as of this writing, but it should start from around £20,000 in the U.K..

Read our full review of the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

Ford Fiesta ST


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Also redesigned for 2018, the Fiesta ST is also of the evolutionary variety, but unlike the Polo GTI, it sports a few more significant changes. Up front, the new grille is reminiscent of the larger Focus, while the bumper is decidedly more aggressive. But it’s the boasts the biggest change, in the form of horizontal taillights instead of the previous model’s vertical units. The Fiesta ST is pretty different under the hood too, as Ford ditched the four-cylinder in favor of a three-pot. But while small, the turbocharged, 1.5-liter unit cranks out a solid 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, which makes the Fiesta ST just a quick as the Polo GTI from 0 to 62 mph. Top speed, on the other hand, is lower at 130 mph, but hey, the overall package is better when compared to the Swift Sport. Pricing is likely to start from around £19,000 in the United Kingdom.

Read our full review of the Ford Fiesta ST

Toyota Yaris GRMN


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Launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Yaris GRMN is Toyota’s first high-performance hatchback and the company’s first rival for the popular Polo GTI and Fiesta ST. Also heavily based on the standard model design-wise, the GRMN stands out by means of a more complex aerodynamic package and race-inspired wheels and rear diffuser. While not overly aggressive, it still looks as if it could give the competition a run for its money by exterior design alone. Performance-wise it actually quite appealing. Using a supercharged (an exclusive feature in this segment), 1.8-liter four-cylinder rated at 212 horsepower, the Yaris GRMN hits 62 mph in only 6.3 seconds. On the other hand, its cabin is nowhere near as fancy as the Polo’s and lacks many of Volkswagen’s latest features. Pricing is also somewhat of an issue, as it is set at £26,295, at least £6,000 more than what the Polo GTI, Fiesta ST, and Swift Sport are expected to fetch.

Read our full review of the Toyota Yaris GRMN.

Conclusion


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The Suzuki Swift Sport has been the underdog of the performance-oriented supermini market ever since it was introduced back in 2005. And that’s not going to change very soon because it’s very difficult to compete against the already established Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST. And these two cars are not only more popular in most markets, but also come with better equipment lines. The latest Polo GTI was also moved higher on the premium ladder, so Suzuki is again at least one step behind. But the new Swift Sport is a significantly better car than the outgoing model and this is a big deal given all the issues the Japanese automaker is facing nowadays. Not only more powerful and quicker, the new Swift Sport is actually sportier on the outside. Its exclusive features make quite the big difference and the Swift is finally on par with the competition when it comes to range-topping trims. Sure, you don’t get the performance you can buy from Volkswagen and Ford, but the Swift Sport is a cute, little but souped-up bug that’s powerful enough to give you some thrills. And it should be a bit more affordable to take home.

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    • Not as powerful as the competition
    • Tough competition

References

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PostHeaderIcon New Suzuki Swift Puts On Aggressive Suit In Frankfurt

While most Japanese automakers are enjoying success in both the United States and Europe, Suzuki hasn’t been doing particularly well in recent years. But that’s not to say that it hasn’t been trying. The last couple of years brought three brand-new Suzuki vehicles into dealerships — the Ignis, Baleno, and Swift — and the Japanese firm may be on its way to a better future, at least in some markets. Come 2017 and Suzuki is pushing things a bit further with a redesigned version of the Swift Sport.

The higher performance version of the small hatchback broke cover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and it’s more appealing than ever. The new Swift design is perfect for the hot hatch treatment, and even though the performance might not be on par with the likes of the Polo GTi, the Swift Sport sure looks like it could outgun the competition. Of course, looks won’t it help it go faster, but it’s a significant progression compared to previous iterations of the Swift Sport. And, it’s worth looking into.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport Confirmed for IAA Debut

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Even though it is by no means an impressive car, Suzuki Swift Sport has always been highly respected for the simple fact that it’s a plucky little thing, so honest an unpretentious. Now there is a new one coming which promises to retain all the good stuff while adding a dab of style and charisma to the mix. 

The new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport, the third-generation of the car, will make its official debut at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September with a completely new design. It is also said to deliver “an all-new level of excitement for sport minded drivers across the world.” Well, that may be a bit of an overexcited propaganda, but there is no denying you can have a lot of fun with a fine-tuned little car like this.

In fact, based on what we can see in the teaser, the new Suzuki Swift Sport seems to be a pretty naughty thing:

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Official details of the car, including the specs of the available powertrains, will be announced over the course of the next weeks in the run up to the IAA. So if you have been planning to buy a fun city car you may want to hold on a few more months and check this puppy out before making a decision.

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PostHeaderIcon The new Suzuki Swift Is Lighter and More Fuel Efficient

Although not the best looking and most practical car out there, the Suzuki Swift has been a popular choice in some European market thanks to its affordable sticker and cheap maintenance. It has fallen a bit too far behind the competition in recent years, but the new-generation Swift that just made its European debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show should put Suzuki back on the map in the challenging subcompact hatchback segment.

As we learned back in December 2016 when the car made its global debut in Japan, the new Swift is a big step forward in terms of styling, following in the footsteps for the similarly sized Baleno. The hatchback also rides on new underpinnings that are about 15 percent lighter and provide better driving dynamics and help improve fuel economy.

The dated styling of the previous Swift is finally gone, replaced by modern features and an overall sportier stance. The smaller headlamps, the larger grille, and the dynamic looking front bumper give the Swift a front fascia that can stand out next to any other competitor in this segment. Although simple, the rear section feels fresh and practical at the same time, with the wider tailgate providing easier access to the trunk.

The cabin is also a big improvement over the previous design. The larger infotainment screen, the round A/C vents and the sportier instrument cluster make the Swift a nice place to spend time in. Tech includes a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity, maps, music, and USB port.

As usual, motivation is provided by small-displacement engines, starting with the 1.2-liter Dualijet rated at 89 horsepower and 89 pound-feet. The 1.0-liter, three-cylinder Boosterjet with 109 horses and 125 pound-feet is available in the more expensive trims. Just like the Baleno, the Swift uses the SHVS mild hybrid system with lower emissions. Suzuki also introduced a revised version of its AllGrip Auto four-wheel-drive system, which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.

Pricing is not yet available, but the new Swift goes on sale in the U.K. on June 1st.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Toyota and Suzuki in Talks to Form New Alliance

It’s been just a few days since the Renault-Nissan Alliance revealed that it’s about to buy an important share in Mitsubishi and include the brand in their partnership, and yet another possible cooperation has been announced. Specifically, Toyota and Suzuki unveiled that they have agreed to start “exploring ideas that are directed towards a business partnership.”

Both brands state that a collaboration may help them solve their respective challenges, as well as well as catch up with other alliances when it comes to standardization and sharing of know-how and technology. Toyota and Suzuki also claim that they will be open to other companies regarding this collaboration idea. What’s more, both companies said that they will continue to compete with each other in a “fair and independent manner.” On the other hand, neither automaker said when this possible cooperation might come into effect.

“As the environment which surrounds the automobile industry has been changing drastically, we need to have the ability to respond to changes in order to survive. In addition to the R&D which each company is working on individually, it is very important now to have partners who share the same goal and passion,” said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota, while Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki also confirmed that talks are already underway.

One of the larger automakers in the world, Toyota current owns a majority stake in Daihatsu and Hino Motors, as well as significant shares of Fuji Heavy Industries, owner of Subaru, and Isuzu. The Japanese company has local joint ventures with FAW, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, and Guangzhou Automobile Group. Suzuki, on the other hand, owns more than 50 percent of Maruti Suzuki and has joint ventures with Chongqing and Jiangxi in China. It also has assembly contracts with Fiat Chrysler Automobile, Mazda, and Nissan in Europe and Asia.

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PostHeaderIcon Suzuki Swift

Introduced in 2000 as the Suzuki Ignis, the Swift was redesigned in 2004 and again in 2010 when the familiar third-generation model was launched. In 2017, the Swift passed into its fourth generation and received the company’s brand-new design language, which debuted on the Baleno hatchback. The redesigned Swift was launched in Japan in late December 2016 and made its European debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

For many years, Suzuki has been surviving on the European market with just four nameplates, the Swift hatchback and the Jimny, Vitara, and SX4 crossovers. In 2015, the Japanese added two more vehicles to its stable. The Ignis name was revived for a crossover similar to the Jimny, while the Baleno was conceived to compete in the subcompact market dominated by the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta. Once it gained access to new niches, Suzuki turned its attention to the Swift, one of its best-selling models in Europe.

Much like the Baleno, the new Swift is a big step forward in terms of styling. Unlike the third-gen car, which was a mildly revised version of the second-gen model, the new Swift boasts a new design language. In short, Suzuki finally dropped the styling cues it introduced all the way back in 2004 and moved the hatchback into the 21st century design-wise.

The new Swift also rides on new underpinnings. Shared with the Baleno, the platform is about 15 percent lighter and increases body rigidity by about ten percent. The new platform should provide better driving dynamics and help the hatchback return improved fuel economy, a decisive factor in this highly contested niche.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Suzuki Swift.


PostHeaderIcon Five Indian-Market Cars Fail Horribly During Global NCAP Crash Testing

It’s not a secret that the U.S. and Europe of some pretty strict safety regulations for vehicles, but there are other markets that have very low or even non-existent safety regulations for cars. One such market is the Indian market, where new car safety standards are minimal at best, with Global NCAP calling them “Clearly sub-standard” in a recent media release. And that brings me to our conversation today – the five Indian-market vehicles from Renault, Maruti-Suzuki, Mahindra, and Hyundai that recently failed Global NCAP testing.

See, in the Indian Market, airbags aren’t required, and up until October of 2017, front and side impact testing isn’t a requirement for new cars on the market. Talk about driving blind, right? Safety structures that are designed to crumple in certain areas help to eliminate injury to front adult passengers, but that clearly isn’t enough protection – especially for a market where driver’s like to do interesting stunts like drive on two wheels while rotating tires (don’t act like you haven’t seen at least one of those videos that have gone viral in the past.)

These failures in safety aren’t exactly a new problem, as Indian-market cars have been disappointing on that front for a while, but we decided to take a look at all of the videos anyway. Continue reading to the crash test videos for each Indian model that was tested, and be happy that you weren’t the test dummy.

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PostHeaderIcon Suzuki Swift

For many years, Suzuki has been surviving on the European market with just four nameplates, the Swift hatchback and the Jimny, Vitara, and SX4 crossovers. In 2015, the Japanese added two more vehicles to its stable. The Ignis name was revived for a crossover similar to the Jimny, while the Baleno was conceived to compete in the subcompact market dominated by the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta. Now that it has gained access to new niches, Suzuki is focusing the Swift, one of its best-selling models in Europe. The four-generation hatchback is set to arrive for the 2017 model year and the first prototype has already been spotted on public roads.

The spy shots come two weeks after the first renderings for the new supermini leaked at a dealer conference and confirm that the new Swift will feature an evolutionary design rather than a new styling language. However, the platform underneath is brand-new. Shared with the Baleno, the underpinnings are about 15 percent lighter and increase body rigidity by about ten percent. The new platform should provide better driving dynamics and help the hatchback return improved fuel economy, a decisive factor in this highly contested niche.

A public unveiling is reportedly scheduled to take place at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October, with sales to commence in the first half of 2017. Until that happens, keep reading to find out what we already know about the upcoming Swift.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Suzuki Swift.


PostHeaderIcon Production Suzuki Baleno to Debut at Geneva

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2016 Geneva Motor Show will see the debut of the production version of the Suzuki Baleno sedan, featuring what they call BOOSTERJET engine which is not what you think, but sounds cool nonetheless. The Baleno looks rather peculiar, but it seems to be a pretty good compact sedan.

To be launched in Europe in June, the 2017 Suzuki Baleno is pitched as boasting “elegant and powerful design, a spacious cabin and luggage space plus a host of new technologies.” That’s all well and good, but if we’re honest it has the kind of design that takes a bit of getting used to. Still, given that it belongs to a class where value for money is foremost quality in the buyer’s mind, that shouldn’t too hard.

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Among the main highlights of the Suzuki Baleno there is the  1.0-litre direct-injection turbo BOOSTERJET engine, and 1.2-litre SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) which features an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) connected to a Lithium ion Battery, and a new lightweight platform. Suzuki says this combination results in a “fun yet fuel efficient driving experience.” The sedan also comes with the latest technologies in terms of gadgets and gizmos. So all in all, not a bad effort at all.

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PostHeaderIcon Suzuki Vitara S Set for UK Launch

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The new-look Vitara SUV researched such a warm welcome in the UK market that Suzuki decided to take advantage of the momentum and sell more cars by launching a more appealing version. The 2016 Suzuki Vitara S will go on sale in January next year, boasting sporty looks and extra equipment.

The main visual highlights of the Suzuki Vitara S include 17-inch Gloss black alloy wheels, unique grille design, satin silver door mirrors, LED Headlamps with red projector covers, rear upper spoiler and black side body mouldings. You can order the car in Bright Red (solid), and Cool White Pearl, Galactic Grey or Cosmic Black (metallic).

Inside the cabin the S variant comes with red interior stitching and accents for air conditioning vent and instruments and aluminium alloy pedals. Equipment-wise, the standard kit includes seven airbags, alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning and front and rear electric windows. 

Suzuki Suzuki Vitara S-2

Another first, and a trump card, for the Suzuki Vitara S is its new BOOSTERJET 1.4-litre Direct Injection turbocharged engine with compact turbo charger attached directly to the cylinder head as well as incorporating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head casting. It makes 140PS and 220Nm of torque resulting in a 0-60 time of 10.2 seconds and a top speed of 124mph.

Priced at £20,899 for manual and £22,249for automatic version, the Viatara S has a combined fuel consumption of 52.3mpg corresponding to CO2 emissions of 127g/km (manual gearbox).

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PostHeaderIcon Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki unveiled two concept cars at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 2015 Suzuki IK-2 and the 2015 Suzuki IM-4, which previewed a subcompact hatchback and a mini crossover, respectively. While the IK-2 has already made its debut in production form as the 2016 Suzuki Baleno, the IM-4 is still under development, albeit in its final stages, as an official debut has been announced for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October.

Confirmed to hit the market with an Ignis badge, the new crossover if part of Suzuki’s new expansion plan to include six models by the end of the decade. Originally believed to have been developed to replace the aging Jimny, the Ignis will have its own place in the Suzuki lineup, as the Jimny is slated to hang around until 2018, when it will be replaced by a redesigned model.

Granted, the Jimny and the Ignis are very similar in size, but it’s not surprising that Suzuki will sell them at the same time. After all, the new Baleno is only slightly bigger than the Swift, with the two basically competing in the same niche. From the looks of things, the Ignis has set its sight on the 2013 Fiat Panda 4×4, also a competitor for the Jimny.

Updated 09/30/2015: Suzuki announced its new compact car will be in fact called “Ignis” and it will be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Suzuki IM-4

Suzuki unveiled two concept cars at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 2015 Suzuki IK-2 and the 2015 Suzuki IM-4, which previewed a subcompact hatchback and a mini crossover, respectively. While the IK-2 has already made its debut in production form as the 2016 Suzuki Baleno, the IM-4 is still under development with no word as to when it will arrive and under what name.

But thanks to a new batch of spy shots we just received from our paparazzi, we can confirm that development of the IM-4 is well underway, with a production version likely to debut in late 2016.

The IM-4, which some sources claim could hit the market with an Ignis badge, is part of Suzuki’s new expansion plan to include six models by the end of the decade. Originally believed to have been developed to replace the aging Jimny, the IM-4 will have its own place in the Suzuki lineup, as the Jimny is slated to hang around until 2018, when it will be replaced by a redesigned model.

Granted, the Jimny and the IM-4 are very similar in size, but it’s not surprising that Suzuki will sell them at the same time. After all, the new Baleno is only slightly bigger than the Swift, with the two basically competing in the same niche. From the looks of things, the IM-4 (or whatever its name will be) has set its sight on the 2013 Fiat Panda 4×4, also a competitor for the Jimny.

Continue reading to learn more about the Suzuki IM-4.


PostHeaderIcon Suzuki Baleno Announced for Frankfurt Debut

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At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show Suzuki will unveil an all-new compact hatchback called Suzuki Baleno. Building on the success of the company’s small models of the past, the Baleno promises to raise the bar for hatchbacks everywhere.

While full details of the new Suzuki Baleno are yet to be revealed, the Japanese company tells us it is the kind of car that delivers much greater value than its size might suggest. Small Suzukis always have. Where we stop agreeing with them is when they say the Baleno has “an elegant and powerful design.” It really doesn’t. At best, it looks average.

Style might not be the main area of excellence for Suzuki Baleno, but the car has enough substance to make up for it. Built upon a brand-new lightweight platform, the compact car features a 1.0-litre direct-injection turbo BOOSTERJET engine, and SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) featuring engine assist by an integrated starter generator. These are not common stuff in this class.

In short then, the Baleno, when it launches in Europe next summer, will offer its customers a practical, efficient, and extremely well-built package that lacks in charm and charisma, but makes up for it with sheer hard and honest work.

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Suzuki introduced two new concept cars at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show: the 2015 Suzuki iM-4, which previewed a mini SUV, and the 2015 Suzuki iK-2, which provided a sneak peek of a new subcompact hatchback (supermini) for the European market. With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show upon us, the carmaker announced that the production version of the iK-2 concept is set to make its global debut in Germany using the Baleno name.

Described as a vehicle that “harmoniously combines stylish design, spacious interior, and new technologies,” the Baleno borrows heavily from the concept car, but also uses several styling features seen on the Swift. As for the Baleno moniker, it’s not exactly new. Suzuki is actually reviving a name it used for a compact car it produced between 1995 and 2007. Sold with this name in Asia, Australia, and Europe, the Baleno was launched as the Cultus Crescent (later renamed Cultus) in Japan and marketed as the Esteem in North America. The original Baleno was offered as a three-door hatchback, four-door sedan and station wagon. In some markets, it was sold with Maruti and Chevrolet badges.

As hinted by the concept car, the Baleno is Suzuki’s answer to the Volskwagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, the hatchbacks that currently dominate the subcompact segment in Europe. The new five-door is set to go on sale in the spring of 2016.

Updated 09/17/2015: The new Suzuki Baleno made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Suzuki Baleno.


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Debuting at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show alongside the iM-4 crossover, the Suzuki iK-2 is apparently previewing a more upscale brother to the Swift. Unlike the iM-4, which gives a foretaste of a mini crossover that could become a successor to the Suzuki Jimny, the iK-2 is aimed at a more crowded segment that is currently being led by the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta in Europe. Sure, the Swift is already somewhat competing against those, but the production version of the iK-2 would be slightly larger and a bit more upmarket in both features and pricing.

Most reports are already suggesting that the concept is almost production-ready, with the European version to be built in Hungary, while the Asian version would be sold under the Maruti brand in India. Countries like Japan, Thailand and Malaysia would also get similar versions.

Click “Continue Reading” to learn more about the Suzuki iK-2 Concept.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 3 March 2015 15:00 EST.

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With the Suzuki Jimny being a bit long in the tooth and the crossover and SUV market booming in recent years, the Japanese carmaker decided to bring a funky-looking supermini crossover to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Called iM-4, the concept was shown alongside the iK-2 supermini, both featuring a new Suzuki platform.

Unlike the lionhearted Jimny, whose current generation is heading toward its 20th birthday in 2018, the iM-4 Concept is a lot less rugged- and more urban-looking, not to mention that it features five doors instead of just three. With a “love it or hate it” exterior design that harks back to Kei cars like the Suzuki Fronte Coupé and the first-generation Cervo, the model could make quite a splash in the segment if it gets produced with a similar look.

Updated 03/03/2015: Suzuki iM-4 concept car made its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It features a new-generation platform and a SHVS mild hybrid system.

Click “Continue Reading” to read my full preview of the 2015 Suzuki iM-4 Concept.

Suzuki iM-4 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 3 March 2015 15:59 EST.

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