Next-gen 2022 Suzuki Swift with mild-hybrid arriving next year – Report

The fourth-gen Suzuki Swift that debuted in December 2016 is to get replaced by the new 2022 Suzuki Swift in July next year, says a new report from Best Car.

The Japanese publication has created a speculative rendering of the next-gen Swift, showing a lower bonnet, more prominent grille, compact LED headlamps, slim LED front fog lights, edgier character lines, and taller rear-side door handles. It has a cleaner yet sportier exterior with more sharpness and aggression. The headlamps are just a modified version of the current design with the top portion cut-off, which might not be the case in reality. This design is purely imaginary, but it’s the only available visual representation of the future car at this time.

Underpinning the 2022 Suzuki Swift could be the same Heartect platform, with some minor improvements for safety, handling, and comfort. There is room for improvements in length and width, but any significant increments and the dimensions would get close to the Baleno. For reference, the current Swift Suzuki makes in Japan is 3,845/3,855 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, and 1,500 mm/1,525 mm tall. Its wheelbase spans 2,450 mm.

2022 Suzuki Swift – No full hybrid system?

2022 Suzuki Swift may not get a 'strong' Hybrid system like the current gen (pictured)
Best Car magazine reports that a full hybrid system will not be available on the incoming 2022 Suzuki Swift.

Big news on the powertrain front is Suzuki rolling back on electrification, reports Best Car. While the company has offered a full-hybrid powertrain in Japan and other limited markets (where the car can operate for a short distance in the ‘EV’ mode) in the third-gen Swift and fourth-gen Swift, it doesn’t plan to take it into the new vehicle. A mild-hybrid powertrain will be available, though, possibly with a 48-volt Lithium-ion battery pack instead of the current 12-volt. New functions of the more advanced mild-hybrid system could include torque-fill control and electric motor idling. The base engine would be a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit.

India may receive the next-gen Maruti Swift sometime in 2023. For those waiting for a next generation Maruti premium hatch, 2022 could be the year of the new Baleno.

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