Maruti Suzuki is contemplating a new hot hatchback for the Indian market, to be positioned above the Baleno RS. The Swift Sport is likely to be that car considering the fact that Suzuki already sells it in multiple right hand drive markets including Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. Here is a video review from the UK, where the reviewer gushes about how much fun the hot hatchback from Suzuki is. Meanwhile, the car is now available at a massive 1,500 pound discount in the United Kingdom, making it even more attractive.
The Swift Sport is built on the same HEARTECT platform as the current model, but packs in a lot more powerful engine. The motor is a 1.4 litre, turbocharged unit that produces 140 Bhp of power and 230 Nm of peak torque. The engine gets two transmission options internationally – a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic. Both gearboxes drive the front wheels of the car. The Swift Sport also gets stiffer suspension that makes it a sharp handler. Most reviews have been positive about the car’s chuckability around the corners, a key attribute that car enthusiasts seek from a hot hatchback. The car also rides on taller alloy wheels shod with grippier rubber.
Notably, the Swift Sport continues to offer a conventional five door form factor, and packs in 5 seats. This conventionalism makes it a very practical car, especially for those who want a single car both for family use and the weekend corner carving trips. This factor should encourage Maruti Suzuki to offer this car in the Indian market, where three door models are considered impractical for most value conscious buyers seeking a hot hatchback. If launched here, the Swift Sport could be priced close to Rs. 10 lakhs as Maruti won’t get excise duty benefits due to the larger turbochgarged petrol engine. That kind of pricing will still make it super attractive to buyers considering that the car weighs well under a ton.