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Suzuki engineers have been hard at work testing the upcoming next-generation Swift subcompact, recently completing a series of runs on Germany’s famed Nürburgring. No official info is known about the car yet but it is expected to grow slightly – especially as Suzuki is reportedly planning to bring the model back to the North American market to compete in the growing sub-compact segment here.
Power is certain to come from a small-displacement 4-cylinder engine, with rumors that a new powerplant could come from Volkswagen a a result of the recent tie-up between the two automakers. While Suzuki makes more than competent small cars, it would be exciting to see VW’s small turbocharged 1.2-liter offered.
Testing for the Swift should be in its final stages with Suzuki looking to launch the new model at the Paris Auto Show this Fall.
See after the jump for some tire screeching video:
Suzuki is planning to bring the Swift back to the U.S., according to a report by Automotive News. The first three generations of the car were sold in North American and we often rebadged as Pontiacs, Chevy or Geos, but Suzuki decided to cease offering the sub-compact in 2001.
With tiny engines and very little horsepower, the Swift never caught on and Suzuki decided to instead take aim at the compact car market with its SX4 model. But now as the sub-compact segment expands, Suzuki may look to bring back it’s sometimes sporty little hatch. (We spied the hot-looking 125hp Anniversary Edition model above at the Geneva Auto Show).
Word is the successor to the current fifth-generation model is due out soon and Suzuki could have it in the U.S. as early as next year as a 2011 model.
Suzuki is also working on a new Grand Vitara model, due out in 2013, while a new crossover based on the Kizashi mid-sized sedan is expected in 2012 to replace the XL7 model.
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]