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2011-03-09 07:30

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SUPERMINI?: Suzuki’s new Swift will debut in South Africa later in 2011. Will it include a new all-wheel drive version?

Suzuki doesn't field a works World Rally championship team any more but the company’s rally heritage could inspire a new all-wheel drive version of the Swift to be sold in right-hand drive markets.

With British motorists having experienced one of the most severe winters on record, Suzuki’s product planners and engineers are seriously investigating the possibility of releasing a right-hand drive version of the all-wheel drive Swift - already available in Germany.

WEIGHT PENALTY

These all-wheel drive Swifts are powered by the company’s latest 68kW, 1.2-litre engine and use a viscous coupling to send torque to the rear wheels when the front wheels start to lose traction.

The traction-enhanced Swift’s all-wheel drive hardware incurs a 90kg weight penalty and the car also features 25mm greater ground clearance so overall performance will be less than front-wheel drive models.

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