Suzuki Swift 4x4 unveiled

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Suzuki Swift 4x4 unveiled

Suzuki is bringing the four-wheel-drive version of its Swift supermini to the UK.

The Swift 4x4, which is already sold in several other markets around the world, will be introduced here later this month as a five-door, 1.2-litre model with a manual transmission.

Two models will be available, both with a 25mm increase in ride height; otherwise, the SZ3 trim level will share its appearance with the standard two-wheel-drive SZ3 hatchback.

Meanwhile, the higher-spec SZ4 will gain front and rear skid plates and black plastic wheel arch extensions, in an attempt to give it a more rugged appearance. It will also come with daytime running lights and power-folding door mirrors with integral indicators.

Full-time four-wheel drive will be standard on both models, and the system will use a viscous coupling to send additional torque to the rear wheels automatically when the front wheels start to slip. And despite the addition of the new drivetrain, both weigh in at only 65kg more than the equivalent two-wheel-drive model.

Suzuki hopes the Swift 4x4 will provide an excellent solution for those who live in rural areas, or just want the increased traction of four-wheel drive, but without the additional cost or size of a fully-fledged SUV.

The SZ3 will cost £11,516, while the SZ4 will be priced at £13,116. Both models will therefore be cheaper than the Fiat Panda Trekking, the Swift 4x4's chief rival, but will cost more than Dacia's bargain-basement Duster SUV.

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New Suzuki Swift 4x4

New Suzuki Swift 4x4