The Suzuki Swift Sport | Part Four (2006)

Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki Swift

Subtle styling enhancements for considerable on road presence

The Swift Sport builds on the distinctive good looks of its siblings, which in turn develop styling themes first seen in the Concept-S and Concept-S2 show cars. It therefore retains the muscular flared wheel arches, bold sills and wheels ‘in each corner’.

In particular it features the broad-shouldered beltline that extends the length of the car, from the outer edge of the headlamps through to the tail lights, which, together with the car’s firmly planted stance, provides the Swift with its distinctive and ‘cheeky’ appeal.

Other features which give the Swift its unique identity are the strong curvature of the nose, together with the wraparound glasshouse effect created by black A- and B-pillars, and headlamp housings that sweep rearwards into the wings to mirror the rear tail light treatment.

The Swift Sport’s more aggressive look, instantly suggesting its sporting potential, is provided by new front and rear bumpers, a roof spoiler and striking 10-spoke alloys shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 195/45 R17 tyres which fill the wheel arches.

The twin ‘creases’ that characterise the bonnet flow downwards into a deeper bumper and define the outer edge of the upper honeycomb grille and the new lower grille which extends to the lower edge of the bumper. The air dam elements on either side of this lower grille incorporate the standard front fog lamps which are contained within cylindrical elements bisected by single horizontal bars, for added distinction.

At the rear the lower section of the redesigned bumper incorporates chunky chrome-tipped twin exhausts. Both front and rear light housings have also been subtly restyled. And the Swift Sport’s dynamic lines are set off by a choice of three paint colours: silver metallic, black metallic and a very distinctive pearlescent red.

Easy entry

Like Swift GLX models, the Swift Sport features keyless entry for simple door unlocking, engine start-up and locking. With this system, there’s no fumbling in bags or pockets for keys to gain access to the car, and there’s no need to press a remote button. Instead, as long as the key is being carried, or it’s in a pocket or bag, the system detects its presence and unlocks the car. The doors are then opened simply by pressing a button on either front door handle; in turn, the engine is started by twisting the ignition key housing. Further convenience, particularly when you have your hands full, is provided by an electromagnetic tailgate catch that needs just a light touch to release it.

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Published 5 September 2006 Melanie Carter
 

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