2022 Suzuki Swift Sport spied again in test by ARAI
The 2022 Suzuki Swift Sport has been spied on again, this time during ARAI testing
In what could be an interesting reveal, the 2022 Suzuki Swift Sport has once again been spied in India, this time being tested with red number plates and an “On Test By ARAI” sticker. This could definitely heat things up as the new hot hatch could be bound for India.
When the first spy shots of the car were leaked a few days ago, even though it looked like a private import, we were quite skeptical which is why we wrote that Maruti Suzuki shouldn’t bring it here for internal testing. Now we have the hot hatch being tested with the ARAI sticker.
Incidentally, the car spotted earlier and this one sport the same white paint job with purple side skirts, which could mean they could be the same. But, in the latest spy shots, the hot hatch bears the test license plates. Another aspect to note here is that the text on the license plate does not belong to any country and it could most likely be a code word used by ARAI.
Additionally, the car being tested is the European spec 2022 model which has undergone some styling revisions and interior tweaks compared to the standard global model. It is powered by the updated 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder Turbo-VVT Booster Jet petrol engine that develops 138 hp at 5500 rpm and 230 Nm between 2500 and 3500 rpm. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds and its claimed fuel consumption abroad is 18.7 km/l.
The Swift Sport is one of the few hot hatchbacks in the world with a proper manual transmission offering maximum driving pleasure. It can reach a stopping speed of 210 km/h.
The updated model also receives an overseas reinforced chassis and suspension to provide good handling characteristics. But if Maruti Suzuki brings it to India, the suspension could be toned down a bit to suit our road conditions. The ground clearance could also be increased and the low profile tires will be replaced by normal tires.
As for looks, the Swift Sport gets a larger grille with recessed panels for a meaner look. The creases are more pronounced than on the existing Swift and provide an aggressive look to the car. The hot hatch rolls on big 17-inch alloy wheels. Out back, prominent dual exhausts continue the aggressive design language.
Currently, Maruti Suzuki’s diesel-free strategy is hurting its sales tremendously. The brand now badly needs more models to compensate for the slowdown due to the lack of diesel models.
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