Suzuki has launched the new Swace, a hybrid estate car, which is the second vehicle to be supplied to Suzuki by Toyota Motor Corporation under a collaborative business agreement between the two companies. Sales are set to start in Europe this winter and UK specifications will be announced closer to the launch date.
Suzuki says the Swace is designed with a low centre of gravity, and “stands out with its wide stance and powerful rearward-flowing body lines, matched to a sporty front face with sharp bi-beam LED headlamps and large honeycomb-patterned grille”.
The Swace’s hybrid system combines an electric motor with a 1.8 litre petrol engine exclusively designed for hybrid system use, designed to deliver powerful acceleration as well as excellent fuel economy and low emissions. The hybrid system drives the Swace with the motor, engine or both depending on driving conditions.
EV drive mode
The Swace is also equipped with an EV drive mode function. In EV drive mode, the vehicle is driven solely by its motor with power supplied from the battery. This mode can be used for driving short distances without having to worry about noise or emissions, especially in residential areas early in the morning and late at night, or in garages and indoor parking lots.