According to media reports, Suzuki is developing a new mini-SUV that will be based on Swift Sport. It is expected to be called Swift Cross. Suzuki Swift Sport is a performance version of the Swift that is sold in the international market. The Japanese manufacturer is also working on a facelift of the Swift which is expected to be unveiled in 2022, then the new-gen Swift Sport will get unveiled in 2023.
Suzuki Swift Cross will share its underpinnings with Swift Sport. This would help in saving development costs for Suzuki. As they would be able to use the same components for both the vehicles. The new Swift will be based on the revised Heartect platform which will also be used on the new micro SUV.
Swift Cross will have a jacked-up suspension, plastic cladding all around, boxy wheel arches, faux skid plates and a boxy design. All this will give a SUV like design. There will also be large glass area The ride quality will be on a softer side than the Swift Sport because the new micro SUV will be mostly used in the city.
The engine will also be shared with the Swift Sport. So, it will be a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that produces 140 PS of max power and 230 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, by the time the Swift Cross launches, we expect that Suzuki would have developed its new 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox that is expected to replace the current 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The engine will also come with a 48-Volt mild-hybrid technology that will help in boosting fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. The hybrid system provides a torque-assist at low speeds and an automatic engine idle start-stop feature. There could also be Suzuki’s AllGrip all-wheel-drive system which is offered on the Ignis in the international market.
The base variant of the Swift Cross can come with the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that we have seen on the current Swift. It produces 90 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Swift Cross will sit between the Ignis and Vitara in the international market. Toyota could also sell the Swift Cross as a rebadged Yaris Cross. As of now, no concrete details are available about the new Suzuki Swift Cross.
Baleno based compact SUV
Suzuki is also working on a Baleno based compact SUV and it has been codenamed YTB. The new compact SUV will go against Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, Tata Punch the lower variants of Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet.
It will be positioned between S-Presso and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Maruti is working on a new compact SUV because the prices of Vitara Brezza have increased significantly since it was first launched. Now, many other compact SUVs are able to undercut Vitara Brezza. Due to this, people are preferring them over Brezza. Also, Maruti is working on a new generation of Vitara Brezza which will come with a lot of premium features so the prices of the new-gen Vitara Brezza will increase further.