Goes on sale this winter • Uses 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine • Second model launched as part of the Toyota-Suzuki partnership
This is the Suzuki Swace, a new hybrid estate based on the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports. It’s the second model to come from a partnership between the two Japanese companies, after the Toyota RAV4-based Suzuki Across. The Swace is due on sale this winter, with prices and final UK specifications to be revealed soon.
In terms of the styling, the Toyota influence is clear. Like the Across, most of the styling is shared with the Toyota equivalent. The Swace gets a new front bumper with a wide grille – like the Suzuki Swift – with sharply defined air intakes either side, plus changed badges. Seven colours are available.
The interior is shared between the two cars too, so the Swace gets an eight-inch touchscreen with DAB radio and Bluetooth, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A wireless phone charger, heated seats and heated steering wheel will all be available, although it’s not yet known if these will be fitted as standard or reserved for higher trim levels.
Suzuki says the Swace offers an impressive 596 litres of boot space, which is 15 more than the Corolla and within touching distance of some of the most spacious cars in the class.
It looks like the Swace will only be offered with a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain, shared with the Corolla and other models like the Toyota Prius. Suzuki has confirmed that CO2 emissions will start from just 99g/km, which will mean a company-car tax band of 22% for 2020/21. Toyota claims up to 62.8mpg for the Corolla estate with the same engine, while 0-62mph takes 11.1 seconds.
The car will come with three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport – plus a range of safety kit including auto parking assistance, collision avoidance, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist.