Officially unveiled in September after numerous spy shots and leaked information emerged, the third generation Sport ticks the scales at 80 kg less than its predecessor for a final weight of 970 kg, and drops the 1.6-litre normally aspirated engine for a forced induced 1.4-litre mill churning out 103 kW and 230 Nm of torque.
The same motor that powers the Vitara S in Europe and Down Under, the four-pot comes mated to a carryover six-speed manual gearbox, with a six-speed torque convertor automatic featuring paddle shifters available as an option for the first time.
Boasting Monroe front and rear shock absorbers, sport suspension, new stabiliser bars, gains in wheelbase and width relative to the standard Swift, as well as a redesigned rear suspension, the Sport also sits 15 mm closer to the ground than before and comes equipped with items such as a seven-inch touchscreen display, D-shaped steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Advanced Forward Detection System and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Pricing for the Sport Down Under kicks-off at $25 490 (R248 851) for the manual with the automatic commanding an additional $2 000 (R19 525 - R268 376). Exact local pricing for the standard Swift and indeed the Sport will be announced closer to its South African launch.