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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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