Japanese-market catalog shows cute-and-cuddly styling, and hybrid option.

The all-new, 2017 Suzuki Swift has been leaked again, this time in images of the model’s Japanese-market brochure.

The images, posted online by Indian Autos Blog, give a much clearer view of the new Swift than the single, front-view image that was snuck out a couple of weeks ago.

The Swift follows current city car styling trends, with large headlights that sweep back over the front fenders and a gaping, hexagonal grille. The lower element of the bumper looks a bit like a chin strap - on sporty models it wears a splitter.

Up top is a fully floating roof, while at the back a crease runs across the tailgate just below the window line - a detail copied from the closely-related Suzuki Baleno.

Slightly angrier visage notwithstanding, the Swift remains one of the cuter, cuddlier “superminis”. Note, too, that the three-door model appears to have been dropped, mirroring current market trends.

Unless you can read Japanese, not much information can be gleaned from the images. However, a couple of salient points do jump out. First, there is a hybrid version, powered by a naturally-aspirated, 1.2-liter, four-cylinder Dualjet motor hooked up to an electric motor of some sort. Second, most versions are available with four-wheel-drive. Though not the sporty RS models, curiously.

The RSt comes with a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, turbocharged Boosterjet engine, serving up around 112 horsepower (82 kilowatts), that’s hooked up to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It seems that is as sporty as the Japanese range gets, at least for now. European buyers, however, will get the Swift Sport, with a 140 hp (103 kW), 1.4-liter turbo motor. Which isn’t much by modern hot hatch standards, but the Swift Sport has always been thoroughly amusing to punt along a tight and twisty road.

There are suggestions Suzuki will unveil the new Swift on December 27 - ahead of the latest Toyota Vitz - and it will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March. 

Source: Indian Autos Blog

2017 Suzuki Swift Japanese brochure