One of the last hot hatchbacks to use a naturally aspirated engine is about to drop it in favor of a turbocharged unit. This is what Autocar has reported about the seventh generation Suzuki Swift, which we have revealed in March. According to the British magazine, the 1.6 M16A powerplant used by the Swift Sport, which produced 104 kW, will be replaced by the 1.4 Boosterjet engine already used by the Vitara, but with an increased output.
And this is not all that will interfere with the new hot hatch performance. According to Autocar, the new Swift Sport will weigh less than 1,000 kg. The current one weighs 1,065 kg. Summing up, we will get a lighter and more powerful hatchback when it is released by the middle of 2016.
The base Swift will also get a turbocharged engine: the 1.0 3-cylinder that is already being used by the new Baleno. When it relates to lowering carbon emissions and keeping or improving performance, there is a point in which you can no longer avoid forced induction. And, apparently, Suzuki has reached it.