Suzuki has announced the introduction of a 4x4 variant of the Swift in UK which is currently available in Japan and a few other European countries. The car will be on sale from next month and will be available with only with the 1.2-litre petrol engine.
The car will be available in two variants, SZ3 and SZ4. The SZ3 variant has little visual alteration from standard Swift apart from the 25mm increased ride height and the 4x4 badging. The SZ4 on the other hand comes loaded with front and rear skid plates, black wheel arch extensions and black side skirts. Electronic foldable door mirrors and daylight running lamps also come as standard equipment.
The 94PS of power and the 118Nm of toque produced by the petrol engine is transmitted via a five speed manual transmission. Suzuki says the Swift 4x4 is 65kg heavier than an equivalent 2WD petrol model thanks to the all-wheel drive set up.
Prices for the 4WD Swift are set at 11,516 GBP (Rs 10.44 lakh) for the base SZ3 and 13,116 GBP (Rs 11.89 lakh) for the higher spec SZ4 model. The prices are nearly 500 GBP lesser than the equivalent 2WD models as the company is offering a VAT free price for the 4x4 till the end of September.
With the eminent arrival of the Cross Polo, there is a possibility that the Swift ‘ Crossover’ will come to India, without the 4x4 setup of course, provided Maruti-Suzuki manages to keep the prices in check. The cross over segment definitely is heating up in India with the recent launch of the EcoSport in the sub-four metre segment and the Volvo V40 at the luxury end of the market.