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SWIFT SPORT - SUZUKI’S THIRD GENERATION LIGHTWEIGHT SPORT SUPERMINI
Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market late last year, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Swift Sport for Europe at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show as its all new global compact sport supermini. The new Swift Sport represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.
It carries forward the Swift DNA while adopting completely new styling and a performance-enhancing extremely light body with advanced safety technologies. The result is exterior European flair complemented by a sporty and functional interior, nimble and agile driving, and enhanced peace of mind.
The Swift Sport features an exclusive frontal design. The front grille and bumper project the nose beyond that of the standard Swift, conveying a sense of tautness and imminent action. Muscular shoulders, blacked-out A-pillars and vertically arranged front and rear lamps, as introduced in the rest of the Swift model range, are brought to life in the Swift Sport with black aerodynamic under spoilers spanning the front, sides and rear, and a roof-end spoiler that balances aerodynamic advantage with sports aesthetics.
Chief Engineer for the new Swift Sport, Masao Kobori comments: “We know that our customers value a dynamic driving experience above everything else, so for the third-generation Swift Sport our development concept was “Ultimate driving excitement”.
“We had a brilliant foundation to work from, because the new Swift HEARTECT platform is incredibly light and rigid. Our team had hundreds of new design and engineering ideas, but these ideas only made it off the drawing board if they added performance and emotion. We’ve made the car lower and wider, and packed it with lightweight technology.”
“It’s lighter, sharper, quicker. It’s more aggressive and emotive, but we’ve also refined the elements that make it practical to use every day especially the clutch feel, the manual transmission shift throw, the seats and steering wheel. Everything that puts the driver at the heart of the experience.”
“There’s a history to the Swift Sport. Since 2006, it’s been the special model that combines the practical convenience of a hatchback with true sports performance. With the third generation we’ve moved the game on to the next level as a genuine hot hatch”.
New-generation platform ‘HEARTECT’
Under the ‘SUZUKI NEXT 100’ plan announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Suzuki developed a new platform strategy for its future models and the Swift Sport is the fourth model (following Baleno, IGNIS and Swift) to adopt this lightweight platform and be introduced in Europe.
The Swift rests on a new-generation platform known as “HEARTECT” that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. A comprehensive overhaul of the underbody’s structure and component layout resulted in the adoption of a highly rigid frame that enhances collision safety and has a continuous, smooth and curving form that better helps disperse energy. During development of the new Sport model, an additional number of welds were added to the upper part of the rear door openings as well as to the lower left and right sides of the tailgate opening aperture. This has resulted in even stronger structural rigidity of the body.
In development of the standard Swift model, this platform or underbody attained a 30kg weight saving which has contributed to the new Sport registering a kerb weight of just 975kg for the UK and Irish model which is 70kg lighter overall than the second generation car.
Based on its very low kerb weight of 975kg and a torque figure of 230Nm, the new Swift Sport has a torque-to-weight ratio of 4.2 kg/Nm placing it at a similar level to its hot hatch competitors.
The Swift bodyshell (Body in White) is also of lightweight construction and includes the use of Ultra High tensile steel (980Mpa) across 17 per cent of its structure and High tensile steel (789 MPa) across four per cent of its structure.
Contribution ratio of individual lighter components versus previous model:
The new Swift Sport is 50mm longer than the standard Swift model and is 15mm lower than the previous Swift Sport, further accentuating its low and wide stance.
Track: front/rear: 1,510 / 1,515mm.
Behind the New Swift Sport: Aspects of Styling Innovation
Development of the new Swift Sport’s exterior design was based on the concept of a “bold evolution of Swift’s DNA”. While resolute efforts were made so that the new model would inherit the model’s characteristic styling, elements that needed refreshing were boldly transformed to innovatively evolve the new car.
The look of a low centre of gravity is further established by blacked-out pillars that create the appearance of a floating roof. Pillar-mounted rear door handles add both style and a sporty flair, while a high-tech look comes in the form of LED signature illumination used in the headlamps and rear-combination lamps.
For the interior, the highly dimensional instrument panel highlights a sense of nimble speed, while sporty and sophisticated red accent panels throughout the cockpit work with a basic tone of black to create a high contrast interior space. For added sport appeal, the tachometer features a red dial face and the speedometer is coloured silver.
A unique LCD display unit is used in the centre, with coolant temperature and fuel gauge incorporated within the two main gauges. Exclusive alloy pedals are also used to highlight the sporting character of the new model.
The front seats are of semi-bucket design and have exclusive tubular frames set within the side supports of both the seatback and seat base cushion with fine tuned urethane pads for additional support during cornering at high speed. The seat fabric is of unique design and features embossed ‘Sport’ logos.
The steering wheel is also exclusive to the Sport with a dimpled leather design for secure grip and matt and satin black inlays together with a red stitching design which also features on the gear lever gaiter boot.
Reduced Wind Resistance
A new design roof spoiler helps keep maximum tyre contact with the road by decreasing lift at high speeds; aerodynamics have been improved further with a new design engine undercover, floor undercovers and front intake strakes. Wind resistance has been reduced by 10 per cent overall compared to the previous Sport model.
Adopting Suzuki’s new generation platform strategy minimised the size of the engine compartment which has enabled maximising the space available for cabin occupants and luggage. Within its compact body size, Swift features a roomy and comfortable cabin with ample space between occupants, ample headroom and legroom contributing to its relaxing environment. The luggage capacity with rear seats raised is 265L which is 25 per cent larger than the previous Swift Sport.
After the introduction of the 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged engine in Vitara and S-Cross during 2016, this engine technology is now extended to the new Swift Sport. This unit has an output of 140PS and is Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC).
Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (2.0-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure. In addition, the new Sport has an improved maximum torque figure of 230Nm which is available from just 2,500rpm up to 3,500rpm. The previous Sport model developed 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm.
Boosterjet technology is Suzuki’s own development and is characterised by improved fuel efficiency and driving pleasure made possible by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger. By controlling the wastegate valve, which closes to create higher boost pressure during heavy load operation and remains open during normal driving, the Boosterjet system reduces pumping loss, thus achieving high levels of both power and fuel-efficiency. An air bypass valve is also utilised to prevent turbo ‘stall’ after the throttle has been closed and then quickly reopened.
The engine employs seven-hole fuel injectors and high tumble port technologies to inject fuel with a high combustion efficiency to provide greater fuel economy and improved power output.
Fuel is injected at a pressure of 35 Bar into the combustion chamber during the air intake stroke which then forms a rich mixture around the spark plug and leaner mixture around the outer edge of the piston. The tumble flow of the fuel is created by utilising a straight intake port and a complex shape piston crown design.
A variable fuel control system is also utilised that optimally monitors fuel injection pressure according to the driving situation. By widening the range of fuel injection, PM (Particulate Matter) and PN (Particulate Number) emissions are reduced across the low to high engine speed ranges. This helps promote fuel atomisation and also improves fuel combustion efficiency.
The Boosterjet engine has been developed with Suzuki’s ethos of reducing weight and size with added response and smooth power delivery to achieve the characteristics that Suzuki engines are renowned for.
During development, Suzuki’s engineers virtually eliminated the typical delay in turbo power delivery or ‘lag’ by attaching the compact turbo charger directly to the cylinder head as well as incorporating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head casting. This design ensures optimum gas flow with minimal heat loss through to the turbo unit. The turbocharger has a boost pressure of 1.0 Bar.
Historically, power and torque delivery from a turbo-charged engine would not have been available until much higher engine speeds, offering less flexibility to the driver.
The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine offers strong benefits in performance too with 0-62mph acceleration time of 8.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 130mph (where permitted).
In order to manage the additional performance of the new Swift Sport, a new larger capacity radiator has been developed that improves heat dissipation by up to 34 per cent versus the previous model. The new Sport also switches to a new design twin electric fan assembly which has achieved a 38 per cent increase in airflow whilst keeping overall quietness to the same level to that of a single electric fan.
The engine uitilises a new design light and compact short port intake manifold with dual intake air pressure sensor control for higher response. An air cooled intercooler for the turbo charger offers greater volumetric efficiency along with new high capacity air cleaner for greater NVH performance.
Sports Exhaust system
The Swift Sport features a specially tuned exhaust system with an optimised internal structure and is of larger capacity than standard to accommodate the higher engine output. The exhaust has been thouroughly tuned to produce low frequency notes in the lower speed ranges and retains its signature dual tailpipe design as used in the previous generation model.
Six speed transmission
The new model utilises a six speed manual transmission that is an evolution of the type used in the previous model. In development, numerous enhancements have been made for optimum gear shift feel which include the fitment of a new gear lever with 10 per cent shorter throw. Other modifications include the use of a triple cone synchromesh for first and second gear and a double cone synchromesh for third gear.
The clutch asssembly has also been uprated to handle the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine’s high level of torque available at low engine rotational speeds. The clutch disc cushion volume has been increased with higher rigidity to offer stronger performance during low and high load starts. In addition, the clutch and accelerator pedal meeting points have now been optimised.
The gear ratios for the new Swift Sport are as follows:
Final drive ratio.
Fitting with its position as Suzuki’s flagship sports model, the advanced handling capabilities found in previous Swift Sport models have been further refined in the new model, with greater driving stability, optimised roll rigidity, and improved dynamic response. Suspension roll angle has also been significantly reduced compared with the previous model and is now on par with its closest competitors.
Carrying on from its predecessors, the new Swift Sport uses Monroe®* front shock absorbers, which have a reputation for high performance. To improve roll stability, the thickness of the stabiliser joint bars has been increased, with a Teflon seat added to the stabiliser mount. The wheel hub and wheel bearings have been incorporated into a single unit, and the width between the bearings has been expanded which have resulted in a 15 per cent increase in camber rigidity during cornering. These enhancements provide an added degree of stiffness without excessively increasing the spring rate of the springs or the front stabiliser and help maintain a supple movement in road-tyre contact.
The rear suspension was specially designed to ensure superior stability even at high speeds. The trailing arm was designed and developed exclusively for the new Swift Sport to minimise deformation during cornering. The new model’s toe rigidity has been improved by 1.4 times compared to the earlier model, and camber rigidity is higher by a factor of nearly three. The torsional rigidity of the torsion beam has been tuned to provide optimal roll stiffness. As with its predecessor, the new Swift Sport uses Monroe®* rear shock absorbers, with a revised valve structure and optimised damping force characteristics for enhanced handling and control on the road.
*Monroe® is a registered trademark of Tenneco Automotive.
The Swift Sport has an enhanced braking system to that of the standard Swift model in order to match the additional performance available. The front ventilated brake discs are 285mm in diameter with a width of 24mm and a calliper diameter of 123.5mm. Increasing the thickness and diameter of the discs has further improved braking efficiency from high speeds and also reduced disc temperature increase after repeated braking by 10 per cent.
The rear discs are of solid design and now incorporate a different brake pad material with higher fade resistance for improved braking performance at high temperatures.
The steering rack is of variable ratio type which allows the angle of the wheels to change depending on steering input. The variable ratio increases response when the driver begins to turn the wheel to help achieve more direct and sharper handling.
For greater manouverability this system has a wider turning angle than before which has helped reduced the turning radius to just 4.8 metres, 0.45 metres tighter than the previous Swift Sport. The steering rack itself is of hollow design to help reduce weight.
The 17-inch polished alloy wheels are of unique design to the new Sport and have been made even lighter in their composition. During manufacture and after the wheel has been cast, the rim is compressed and stretched using high pressure rollers in a process known as ‘flow forming’.
Standard equipment is comprehensive and includes six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and four electric windows. The new Swift Sport is available in one solid colour and five metallic colours at no optional cost.
Specification for the Sport also includes rear view camera, Smartphone link display audio, front fog lamps, auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, Advanced forward detection system, Lane Departure Correction, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows, LED Headlamps, LED Combination rear lamps, adaptive cruise control and six speakers. A full equipment table is listed at the end of this press pack.
The Swift adopts Suzuki‘s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept that provides a high level of collision safety. Some of the features include collapsible structures that absorb impact energy in the event of a collision, a frame structure that effectively disperses impact energy, and rigid cabin structure.
Other safety features include ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), which helps ensure stability while driving, along with front, side and curtain airbags to protect occupants in the event of a collision from the front or side.
Advanced Forward Detection System
The new Swift Sport features an advanced forward detection system that combines a monocular camera and a laser sensor for advanced safety functions, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and high beam assist. It also uses millimetre-wave radar to enable adaptive cruise control.
The advanced forward detection system monocular camera excels at mid to long distance detection and also recognition of traffic elements including pedestrians and lane markers. The laser sensor excels at monitoring shorter distance hazards and also night vision detection.
Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS)
The advanced forward detection system supports numerous safety technologies, chief among which is collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS). With DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force. If the risk of a collision increases even more, the system applies full automatic braking in an effort to avoid the collision or reduce damage.
High beam assist
At speeds of 25mph or higher, high beam assist is designed to automatically switch the headlights between “High” and “Low”, depending on the presence of other vehicles and also the lighting environment.
Adaptive cruise control
When there is a vehicle in front, the adaptive cruise control system uses millimetre-wave radar to gauge the distance to it and automatically maintains vehicle-to-vehicle distance in line with the setting selected out of three possible settings. When there is no vehicle in front, the system maintains the speed from 25mph to 100mph (where permitted) as input by the driver.
Lane departure warning / Lane departure prevention function
When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph and up to 100mph (where permitted) and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road. As an additional feature on the new Swift Sport model the driver will also notice an automatic input from the steering wheel at this time to ensure the car remains in its correct direction of travel.
Weaving alert function
When the vehicle is traveling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph or above and is weaving from side to side within a lane, the system sounds a warning buzzer and lights an indicator on the instrument panel. This quickly draws the driver’s attention to weaving caused by drowsiness or other factors.
Advanced Multi-information display.
The Swift Sport utilises a unique 4.2 inch high-definition colour LCD display that shows a range of information including turbo boost, engine oil temperature, engine output and torque data, fuel consumption, average speed, acceleration and brake operation as well as driving G-force tracking.
Guide Me Lights.
For convenience and safety after parking the car at night or when returning to it, Swift Sport is fitted as standard with a ‘guide me light’ function that enables the dipped beam headlamps to remain on for 10 seconds after the door is locked / unlocked. This facility can also be adjusted to up to 25 seconds duration via the settings mode of the instrument cluster.
Display audio system with navigation and smartphone connectivity
The audio system has a Smartphone Linkage Display Audio (SLDA) with a large seven inch touch panel display that enables intuitive operation. This includes a three dimensional navigation map that makes landmarks easy to distinguish, the system also allows the driver to use certain smartphone applications with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection.
Apple CarPlay is the smarter and safer way to use iPhone in the Swift Sport. Apart from making calls it also facilitates receiving directions for optimised traffic conditions, listening to music, accessing email, text messages and more.
The all new Swift Sport goes on sale in the UK on 1st June 2018.
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