By Mark Kleis
Tuesday, Mar 1st, 2011 @ 10:10 am
 
Suzuki previewed its new Swift compact car today at the Geneva Motor Show with a sport-oriented, thinly-disguised concept car. Called the Swift S-Concept, the sport hatch was swathed in a bright yellow shade and featured a full range of performance-enhancing add-ons.

Given the fact that the Swift is due for an overhaul, this "concept" may in fact be an accurate representation of the next design to dawn the Swift nameplate.

Suzuki was light on details about its concept car, but the automaker did say that it combines a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission. The S-Concept rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Swift borrows its basic design and its audio system from the Suzuki Kizashi for a simple, slightly drive-oriented cabin.

It is also worth noting the "S" designation, which likely refers to a special sport model - which would be a new addition to the Swift offering, although no details were given about this car and whether or not it will introduce a new model.

Rumors have also surfaced over the past year that Suzuki may continue to push a performance angle after the Kizashi GTS sedan was well-received by critics, and the Swift S-Concept may be the first look into the second new sporty offering to come from the small Japanese automaker.

The Swift may actually be headed to North America as Suzuki tries to shore up its U.S. operations.

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