2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Becomes Hybrid Only

The 2020 Swift Sport has become hybrid only as Suzuki seeks to electrify its line-up to meet upcoming stringent emissions regulations in Europe.

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The exterior revisions comprise of minor cosmetic enhancements including LED headlights and DRLS while the interior gets a new multimedia control unit that supports phone connectivity & navigation. However the real change is the engine that adopts mild-hybrid tech by using a 48V set-up alongside a reworked version of the outgoing Swift’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit.

The revised setup produces output figures that are relatively lower than the predecessor. It generates 127 hp of power, down 10hp from the out-gone model however torque has seen a 5Nm bump reaching a maximum 235Nm. The new Swift Sport has also gained additional 15kg of weight which affects its 0-100km/h sprint time to 9.1 seconds, which is 1 second slower than the model it replaces. The new Swift Sport can achieve a top speed of 210km/h.

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According to a Suzuki official:

“It’s not about out-and-out power any more. We’re trying to make 48V work at a more efficient pace, lower down the rev range. The Swift Sport has never been a hot hatch; it is a car to have fun in at good speeds, but safely and without getting into trouble.”

Paired with a 6-speed manual transmission while riding on 17” alloy wheels, the 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport achieves WLTP-certified CO2 emissions of 127g/km and promises fuel economy of 21.3 km in a liter, which is a 6% improvement over the outgoing model.

Inside, the new Swift Sport also has privacy glass, a DAB radio and Bluetooth fitted as standard, as well as a rear-view camera, dual-sensor brake support and rear parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control and LED headlights are now available as standard, an addition over the previous model. Safety tech includes Blind Spot Alert system, Traffic Sign Recognition system and Automatic Speed Lock system.

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The 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport will go on sale in Europe towards the end of April.

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