A few months after the Across, an almost exact copy of the Toyota RAV4, Suzuki is back with the Swace, a rebadged version of the Corolla Touring Sports.
At the moment, Suzuki is not stopping. After restyling his Ignis and Swift by upgrading them to themild hybridization and after having brought back its little Jimny in the form of a utility, the Japanese brand is once again talking about it with this time a brand new model. A novelty which, you are sure, already reminds you of an already existing model. Well rest assured, it’s completely normal. As he had already done a few months ago with his Across, a rebadged version of Toyota RAV4, the manufacturer is attacking a completely different car from its ally, the Corolla. This is how the Suzuki Swace was born, which should allow the firm to conquer a new clientele, at low cost, by taking advantage of the expertise of its compatriot. Success should undoubtedly be there, as the current Toyota Corolla Touring Sports has already sold more than 9,500 copies since the start of the year.
Who says rebadgé model necessarily means savings on style, while the two cars are almost the same, with a few details. Indeed, the finest observers will notice some slight differences between the Swace and the Corolla Touring Sports, especially at the front end. While the original version displays a large gaping grille, the variation of Suzuki wants to be a little more conventional, with a smaller grille, surrounded by two air intakes on each side. The rest remains strictly the same, whether in terms of the front and rear optics as well as the profile. Inside, it’s the same song, since only the logo on the steering wheel changes, while the presentation does not change, with thetouchscreen placed on the dashboard, associated with a digital instrument panel. Finally, the trunk volume remains similar, with some 591 liters when the rear seat is in place.
First “real” Suzuki hybrid
In reality, if this collaboration is rather advantageous for Suzuki, it is because it allows the brand to finally be able to offer a real hybrid model in its catalog. Indeed, at the present time, only the 48 volt micro-hybridization is available within the range, which can be a drawback at a time when more massive electrification is now a compulsory passage. You will therefore not be surprised to learn that this Suzuki Swace takes up the motorization of the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, which then combines a 1.8-liter petrol unit with a petrol engine, the whole developing 122 horsepower in total. The more efficient version with a 2.0-liter unit should not be offered on the Suzuki badged station wagon.
Allowing the Japanese firm to lower its average emissions in anticipation of the targets sanctioned from next year, this Swace will be officially launched in the course of the winter. Prices have not yet been announced but they should probably start around € 25,000.
Discover our latest articles on Suzuki news: