Suzuki planning to launch an all-wheel-drive version of the Swift in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 11, 2011

Suzuki is evaluating the potential of launching an all-wheel-drive version of the Suzuki Swift in the UK later this year. Suzuki thinks that there may be a market for all-wheel-drive superminis as Britain has been experiencing extreme weather during the recent winters.

Presently, a left-hand-drive version of the all-wheel-drive Swift is in the UK after having been in Germany for a three-month evaluation period.

Suzuki said that a decision is due this summer. Autocar believes that this launch is very close to being a sure thing and also that at least 500 units will be available each year. But Suzuki has said that it can achieve sales of up to 1000 units.

If this vehicle becomes available, it will be priced at around £13-14,000. Most of the time, the automatic viscous controlled system sends drive to the front wheels but it can also send drive to the rear when it’s required.

However, the driver will not be able to switch between permanent front- and all-wheel-drive in the cabin. The system can be seen on the Swift’s 93bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. As a result, the car weighs 90kg heavier and 25mm taller.

Autocar spoke to a Suzuki source who said that the car represents a “good proposition” and also offers a chance to have extra volume. He said that because of the recent snowfall, Suzuki is anticipating added sales in rural areas.

This June, Suzuki is scheduled to launch a diesel version of the Swift. Powering the vehicle is the previous Swift’s 1.3-litre diesel unit. The company claims that this vehicle offers a combined economy of 67mpg and 109g/km CO2 emissions.

Topics: suzuki, suzuki swift, uk

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