Swift Sport w/ 48V mild-hybrid system expands further in Europe [Update]

Update – Thanks to our friend Raphael Gürth from Austria, we have 20 new photographs of the new Swift Sport. Look for the new gallery below the story.

At the start of the year, Suzuki introduced a freshened version of the Swift Sport and for the first time with a 48V hybrid system in Europe. The availability of the vehicle is being expanded across the continent, with its launch in Portugal. Here are photographs released by Suzuki paired with detailed information.

The Sport’s SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) is a more advanced version of Maruti’s. The main power source is the K14D 1.4 Boosterjet engine that puts out 95 kW (129 hp) at 5,500 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The electric motor adds an additional 53 Nm and 10 kW (13.6 hp) resulting in strong performance figures: 210 km/h top speed and 9.1 seconds to reach from 0-100 km/h. 

2020 Swift Sport mild-hybrid Specifications

With the adoption of this technology, the new Swift Sport offers a combination of good fuel economy and a sporty character. The onboard electrical system on one hand manages to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions which now stand at 5.6 litres/100km in combined cycle and 127 g/km (WLTP). On the other hand, it offers quicker acceleration, thanks to an onboard function which triggers the ISG electric motor/generator to provide torque to the combustion engine during acceleration until the turbocharger spools up.

2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid handling official image

The SHVS system consists of three main components: a 48V electric motor/generator called ISG (Integrated Starter Generator), a 48V lithium-ion battery and a 48V-12V DC/DC converter. The voltage is increased to 48 compared to the conventional 12V.

In addition to being simple and economical, the Suzuki SHVS hybridization only increases the weight of the vehicle by 45 kilos. With a total kerb weight of 1,020 kg, the new Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4L Mild Hybrid is one of the lightest hot hatches in the world. And that results in greater agility, braking capacity and allows quick change of directions, as per Suzuki.

2020 Swift Sport Safety

Along with the autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, lane change alert and the anti-fatigue alert that already available in the previous model, the new model adds blind-spot detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition which further enhances the safety of the driver.

  • The blind spot detector BSM (Blind Spot Monitor) works only at speeds above 15 km/h. Using the LEDs placed on the exterior mirrors, the system emits luminous warnings to the driver when it detects a vehicle approaching the blind spot. If the driver insists on changing lanes and flashes the lights, an audible alert sound is played along with the LED warning light. 
  • The rear traffic alert is operational up to 8 km/h in reverse. The system uses two lateral radar sensors installed at the rear of the vehicle to alert the driver for any approaching vehicles and obstacles. When this happens, the driver receives a visual alert in the on-board screen and an alert sound.
  • The TSR (Traffic Sign Recognition) system uses a camera to monitor the road, looking for traffic signs. When it detects traffic signs, such as speed limits or overtaking zones, it shows the sign on the central instrument panel.

2020 Swift Sport interior & exterior

2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid static official image

The new Swift Sport adds three new two-tone colour variants. These include orange, blue and red bodywork contrasting with a ‘Super Black Pearl’ tone on the roof and exterior mirror caps. It is also available with light 17 ”alloy wheels that have been developed using flow forming techniques to achieve a sturdy and compact design.

The new Swift Sport maintains the current instrument panel, which incorporates a 4.2-inch colour LCD centre screen and shows all kinds of information, including oil temperature and even a turbo boost pressure gauge. It comes with a plethora of convenience features such as keyless start, heated seats, automatic climate control, tyre pressure sensor, tinted windows, touchscreen with USB ports, electrically foldable mirrors and a multifunction leather steering wheel among others.

2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid interior official image

It has a 7-inch touch screen multifunction with Bluetooth to enabling hands-free calls. This multimedia system is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink.

2020 Swift Sport price

The New Suzuki Swift Sport is available for 25,222 euros (Portugal) and comes with a metallic paint finish. Customers can avail a discount which further reduces the price to 23,222 euros as part of its special launch campaign. For those seeking more efficiency, Suzuki will introduce a ‘strong’ hybrid in Europe this year with the incoming Suzuki ACross (rebadged Toyota RAV4 hybrid).

Swift Sport launch in India?

There is no shortage of web reports about the launch of the Swift Sport in India, and that Maruti could exercise the relaxed import norms that allows 2,500 units to be brought to the country without rehomologation and sell them through its NEXA outlets targeting enthusiasts and driving lovers. At this time, the launch seems a distant possibility as the Swift Sport is not built to a price that India would pay for a hatchback regardless of how impressive it is on the road or track.

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