Suzuki Australia's Andrew Ellis told TMR today that the crossover is unlikely to join the local range, with cost and the single small engine option (1.2 litre) being the main prohibitive factors.
The Swift 4x4 is available only with a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, five-speed manual transmission and five doors in two trim grades; the SZ3 or the SZ4.
The 4WD system is fully automatic and full-time, adding 65kg over the weight of the 2WD version and 25mm to the ride height. It also reduces fuel tank capacity by two litres.
The SZ3 looks more or less like a regular swift – except for the changed ride-height and 4X4 badges – while the SZ4 adds a more “rugged” look, with black wheel-arch extensions and front and rear skid plates.
The all-wheel-drive Swift has been a sales success in several European countries along with Japan.
As the right-hand-drive UK market joins the list, it seemed logical that Australia might offer the light 4WD crossover as well, but it's not to be.
As for the regular Swift hatch, Mr Ellis told us that we can expect to see the refreshed model in Australian showrooms around the middle of next year.