The latest spy pictures of the next-generation Suzuki Swift were snapped while the car was undergoing testing in rain-soaked Germany.

The latest spy pictures of the next-generation Suzuki Swift have been taken in Germany. The five-door hatchback was caught testing in heavy rain. Although camouflage is still a major factor, we can for the first time, see the shape of the rear lights. Previous spy shots showed a Kizashi-inspired front grille, which is a good thing. The whole car also appears to be rounder than before.

The Swift is sold in a number of countries where it is powered by a range of engines, including a 1.6-litre producing 92kW (125hp) and torque of 148Nm. Drive is generally through a five-speed manual transmission and the front wheels, but Japan sells an AWD model too. Rumours of a full production hybrid had been doing the rounds and were heightened after Suzuki unveiled the Swift Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

The mini car is expected to hit world markets during 2010 and become available for US customers in the same year.

 

Gallery: 2011 Suzuki Swift Latest Spy Photos in Germany

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