Suzuki decided to re-enter the Malaysian market, now distributed by Naza Eastern Motors, after it left last 2015 as part of its agreement with Malaysian carmaker Proton. One of the most notable vehicles that Suzuki will offer in Malaysia is the snazzy-looking Swift Sport hot hatch.
With that being said, there might be a good chance that the Swift Sport might be added to Suzuki’s model lineup in the Philippines since it will soon enter an ASEAN market. But Suzuki Philippines has yet to confirm if it will indeed offer the Swift Sport.
The Suzuki Swift Sport hot hatch
The Suzuki Swift Sport could potentially provide a more diverse option in Suzuki Philippines’ model lineup. The said car could tap individuals who are on the market for a more performance-oriented Suzuki vehicle. Under the hood, the Suzuki Swift Sport is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine producing 140 hp and 230 Nm of torque.
The engine of the Japan-spec Suzuki Swift Sport is paired to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. To put things in perspective, the standard Swift can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 12 seconds, while the Swift Sport can do it in eight seconds. Another well-revered feature of the Swift Sport is its sharp handling which is critical to provide a more spirited driving experience.
Sporty aesthetics are incorporated in the interior
The Suzuki Swift Sport also comes with exclusive design features that provide a track-ready look such as a larger and bolder grille, blacked-out side skirts, and a rear bumper with a carbon fiber design complemented with twin exhaust tips. Red trims and stitching can be found in the interior to bring out a sportier feel.
An aggressive-looking Suzuki Swift
As for pricing, Naza Eastern Motors is offering the Suzuki Swift Sport at a staggering RM 145,000 (or around Php 1.70 million excluding local taxes). However, one can expect that if Suzuki Philippines decided to bring the meaner Swift in the country, then the price should be within the P1-million mark so it can stay within the segment.
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Know more about Suzuki Swift 2022
The Swift is the Japanese small-car expert Suzuki's entry into the growing demand for reliable subcompact hatchbacks. For the Philippine market, the Suzuki Swift 2021- 2022 has one variant which is the Swift 1.2 CVT. It comes with a price tag of Php 844,000.
Powering the Philippine-spec Suzuki Swift is a 1.2-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. This four-banger can make up to 82 horsepower and 113 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) only. Power is then sent to its front wheels.
Size-wise, the Suzuki Swift 3,840mm long, 1,735mm wide, and 1,495mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,450mm, and a ground clearance of 120mm.
Locally, the Swift Philippines competes against the likes of the Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Brio, Kia Picanto, and the Mazda2 Hatchback.