2023 Suzuki Swift spotted ahead of launch

The new Suzuki Swift is undergoing development and has been spotted on the road

2023 Suzuki Swift - spy shot front
  • All-new Suzuki Swift spotted testing
  • Expected to debut in Autumn 2023
  • Evolutionary design changes

The next-generation Suzuki Swift supermini has been spotted undergoing testing, ahead of an anticipated debut in 2023. The Japanese manufacturer’s renewed entry-level model will be a rival for the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio.

The best small cars and superminis 2023Top 10 best small cars and superminis 2024

First launched in 2017, the outgoing Swift was given a makeover and technology updates in 2021. It already supports 12 and 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrains that help boost the efficiency of its petrol engines. We don’t expect a radical change in the Swift’s underpinnings for the new model, so it’s likely it will retain the same thrifty petrol options, but without a full-hybrid or all-electric model to rival the Vauxhall Corsa-e or Peugeot e-208

Despite the camouflage of the prototype spied here, it’s clear the Swift will retain its distinctive, curvy shape. The majority of the changes will be at the front, where Suzuki appears to be shaking up its grille design, adding rounded headlights and fitting a clamshell bonnet.

2023 Suzuki Swift - spy shot rear

There’s a wrap-around design for its windows, giving it a ‘floating roof’ appearance, and the rear door handles have moved onto the doors, instead of on the rear pillars. The Swift will be available with five doors only, and the more conventional handles should make it easier to open the rear doors, especially when carrying shopping or a child car seat. The rear appears to be largely similar to the current model, although we’d expect redesigned lighting and a subtly reshaped bumper at the very least.

The interior layout and passenger space is likely to remain relatively unchanged, but it’s possible the current car’s seven-inch touchscreen will become standard lower in the line-up to keep pace with rivals. Suzuki could also give its interior design a boost, increasing the number of soft-touch materials for a lift in perceived quality.

Prices are unlikely to jump too much over the existing model, which starts from £15,499. Nothing has been confirmed by Suzuki so far, but it’s expected the car will be revealed towards the end of 2023.

Want to avoid rising running costs? Check out our list of the top 10 best cheap-to-run cars

Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

Recommended

Toyota Yaris review - a frugal hybrid supermini
toyota yaris hybrid
In-depth reviews
13 Feb 2024

Toyota Yaris review - a frugal hybrid supermini

New SEAT electric supermini could cost £20k
SEAT electric supermini front quarter
News
12 Feb 2024

New SEAT electric supermini could cost £20k

MINI Electric review – retro-styled EV fun, but a limited range
MINI Electric
In-depth reviews
8 Feb 2024

MINI Electric review – retro-styled EV fun, but a limited range

New petrol-powered MINI Cooper to join its electric twin in 2024
MINI Cooper petrol front quarter
News
6 Feb 2024

New petrol-powered MINI Cooper to join its electric twin in 2024

Most Popular

Hot car deal: quirky Nissan Juke hybrid for £172 a month
Nissan Juke dynamic
Deals
26 Feb 2024

Hot car deal: quirky Nissan Juke hybrid for £172 a month

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
1 Mar 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

10 smallest cars on sale 2024
smallest cars on sale
Best cars
28 Feb 2024

10 smallest cars on sale 2024

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
19 Dec 2023

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
12 Apr 2023

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
The best electric cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024