2017 Swift will come with the SHVS Mild Hybrid technology.
According to the press conference schedule for the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the all-new Swift is due to make its debut at 9:00 AM on September 29
. The pre-production prototype spied by our carparazzi isn’t just any other Suzuki Swift, though. It is, in fact, the SHVS.
As you might have read in our guide on hybrid car types, the Suzuki Baleno SHVS is a mild hybrid. The older and bigger sibling of the next-generation Suzuki Swift relies on an ISG (integrated starter generator, as in an electric motor) to assist the engine during acceleration. The Suzuki ISG system also happens to generate electricity thanks to regenerative braking.
In other words, the Baleno SHVS (and the soon-to-debut Swift SHVS) are relatively related to the Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid hypercar. The tell-tale sign that the spied prototype is a 2017 Suzuki Swift SHVS comes in the form of an LCD display integrated into the instrument cluster which shows that the lithium-ion battery is 80 percent charged.
While we’re on the subject of the interior, it is worth mentioning that the two analog gauges which flank the LCD display bear a resemblance to something you might find in a Mercedes-Benz. A flat-bottom steering wheel is also on the menu, laden with cheap-looking plastic. The quality and finish of the plastics on the dashboard, however, appear to have gone up.
As far as the exterior is concerned, the 2017 Suzuki Swift looks as if the current Swift has gone to the gym and pull the weight sled. It’s cutesy yet taut, it’s funky yet practical, it’s perfectly alright for a supermini.
Read more: 2017 Suzuki Swift Spy Shots Reveal SHVS Mild Hybrid System - autoevolution