Suzuki aims to give its new Swift more "emotional" appeal to distance the subcompact from its more practical sibling, the Baleno.
The Japanese automaker will unveil the latest European version of the Swift at the Geneva auto show on March 7. The all-new model will go on sale in Europe this summer. The car is already on sale in Japan.
The Swift fits below the larger Baleno in Suzuki's range and will appeal to a younger customer group. The hatchback will be more of an "emotional purchase" while the Baleno is more of rational purchase for families wanting a bigger trunk and more rear legroom, a Suzuki spokesman said.
Suzuki didn't comment on reports that the Swift three-door is being dropped in the new model.
The Swift will share the Baleno's two gasoline engines: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit and a 1.2-liter four-cylinder with a mild-hybrid system. The mild hybrid uses an integrated starter-generator fed by a lithium ion battery to boost performance and recover energy lost in braking.
Suzuki's vehicle sales in Europe rose 12 percent to 198,344 last year. The Swift was the automaker's No.2 seller in the region, with sales of 45,064, down 19 percent, according market analysts JATO Dynamics. The Vitara compact SUV was the company's best-seller 77,523, up 70 percent.
The Swift will be built in Japan for European markets. Suzuki builds the Vitara and S-Cross SUVs in Hungary.