New Suzuki Swace Is Really A Toyota In Disguise

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You may recognize it as a Corolla.

Motorcycle riders are still familiar with the Suzuki brand, but the Japanese automaker has not sold a car in the United States since 2009. Japan's fourth-largest automaker produced some pretty interesting models like the Kizashi, and more recently, the Jimny, but developing a new vehicle is expensive, which is why Suzuki needed to find a partner. Suzuki announced a partnership with Toyota last year in 2019, and the deal has already borne fruit.

Earlier this year, Suzuki revealed the Across, which is essentially a rebadged Toyota RAV4 Prime. Now, the company has introduced a new model called the Suzuki Swace, which is just a rebadged Toyota Corolla Hatchback. But it isn't exactly like the Corolla Hatchback that we get here in the US.

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Suzuki based the Swace on the Corolla Touring Sports, essentially an extended wagon variant of the Corolla Hatchback. Thanks to the increased length, the Swace is more spacious than the Corolla that we get here in the states. It's more efficient too. Whereas our Corolla only comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 169 horsepower, the Swace uses a smaller 1.8-liter four-cylinder combined with an electric motor.

The engine produces just 96 hp with the electric motor contributing 71 hp. You can't just add these two numbers together to calculate the total output, but Toyota says its 1.8-liter engine and hybrid drivetrain combine to produce 120 hp. Drivers can select between Normal, Sport, and Eco modes, plus an EV mode for short low speed use.

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Compared to the Across, which has a different grille and headlights than a RAV4 Prime, the Swace looks virtually identical to a Corolla. Suzuki says it will offer seven exterior colors, including White Pearl Crystal Shine, Super White, Precious Silver, Black Mica, Dark Blue Mica, Phantom Brown Metallic, and Oxide Bronze Metallic. Sales start in Europe this winter, and with no dealer network left in the US, there's no chance it will come stateside.

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