Thanks to the cooperation with Toyota, the Japanese brand is preparing a major expansion of its European offer. After the compact SUV, the compact station wagon also arrives.
Last year, Suzuki and Toyota announced details of an extensive collaboration to deliver significant cost reductions and this year we have the first tangible results here, which also concern the European market. Suzuki is starting to take over Toyota technology in Europe. After the new Suzuki Across, now comes the Suzuki Swace. With it, the classic station wagon returns to the Suzuki offer, after 20 long years.
While Across is a SUV based on the Toyota RAV4 with plug-in hybrid drive, the currently introduced novelty hides the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports station wagon. And it doesn’t even hide the known technique in any way, the design changes compared to the original are not fundamental at all.
In the front, an otherwise shaped bumper and the Suzuki logo moved to the bonnet, yet the original is clearly recognizable. The rear of both cars is even practically different only by a different manufacturer’s logo.
The same goes for the interior, which takes on the concept of the default Corolla. So there is also a free-standing touch screen multimedia system with a diagonal of eight inches. Infotainment will already offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay services for the possibility of mirroring the functions of smartphones, which is a novelty that is now also being introduced to Corolla.
The technology in the bowels does not differ either, which is actually the main reason for offering the rebranded Toyota. With this step, Suzuki wants to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions. Therefore, the Swace will be available exclusively as a hybrid, specifically with a 72 kW petrol atmospheric 18-liter, combined with a 53 kW electric motor. This will be the first full-hybrid in Suzuki’s offer.
We will see more information on prices and marketing. However, the Suzuki Swace will go on sale in European markets this winter.
A compact Swace station wagon is included extensive partnership between Suzuki and Toyota, which includes the sharing of hybrid systems, internal combustion engines and entire models. As a result, Suzuki will use Toyota technology in European markets, especially in the Swace model and the Across SUV. On the contrary, in the Indian market, where Suzuki has a strong position, the technology will travel in the opposite direction. Toyota Urban Cruiser will thus become the rebranded Suzuki Vitara Brezzawhile the Toyota Glanza is actually a Suzuki Baleno.