Suzuki has unwrapped its facelifted Swift in Japan, rolling out a handful of subtle updates to the popular little hatchback.

So, what’s new? Well, the Swift gains a freshened-up face, complete with a choice (in Japan, at least) of two newly designed, spec-dependent grilles, each featuring a horizontal bar. The Japanese firm has also added a pair of new alloy wheel designs to the mix.

In its domestic market, the refreshed Swift furthermore gains new two-tone exterior colour combinations, along with a broader range of driver-assistance systems, including big-car items such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Inside, little has changed, although all variants in Japan now ship standard with a six-speaker sound system along with automatic headlamps. A digital speed readout, meanwhile, has also been added to the multi-information display.

From what we understand, nothing’s changed under the bonnet. In South Africa, of course, the pre-facelift Swift – which is sourced from Maruti Suzuki in India – is powered by a naturally aspirated 1,2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine offering the front axle some 61 kW and 113 N.m.

As far as we can tell from the information available on Suzuki Japan’s website, the Swift Sport is visually unchanged, although the warm hatch does gain the aforementioned driver-assistance systems.