The latest spy pictures reveal more exterior details of the next-generation Suzuki Swift. The front grille is similar in design lines to the new Kizashi, and so are the headlights.

The next-generation Suzuki Swift has been spied with a revealing front end. The car is still covered in the black stuff but the front grille shows Suzuki's new family face which debuted on the newly-revealed Kizashi sedan. The front lights are in full and clear visibility.

Currently in its fifth generation the Swift is one of the most highly regarded cars in its segment. Front-wheel-drive is standard but some Japanese models are available with optional 4WD. It has petrol engines that range from a 1.2-litre up to a 1.6-litre in line with Suzuki's general small-car bias. The new car should keep the same train of thought and may also add a diesel. Rumours point to a hybrid version being offered in the lineup in markets like Japan.

The US will see the return of the Swift some time in 2010 after the company confirmed it was interested in selling the hatch in America. "The Swift is known as a pocket rocket internationally," Gene Brown, marketing director of American Suzuki Motor Corp was quoted as saying, "and that is the type of product we want here."

If it happens, that rumoured hybrid would most probably cross the Pacific and have the CVT option currently sold with the 1.2-litre.

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