Earlier this year, Suzuki rebadged the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid for Europe and called it the Suzuki Across. Continuing on with the brand’s partnership with Toyota, Suzuki has now chosen the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports hybrid wagon as its next rebadged model exclusive to Europe. Called the Suzuki Swace, this wagon will only be available as a hybrid, and there’s a reason why the company has been rebadging some of Toyota’s hybrid vehicles as of late.
But first, let’s talk about its design. The Suzuki Swace features a slightly different front bumper when compared to the Corolla Touring Sports, though that’s about it for exterior changes. It’s no bad thing though because we think that the Corolla in wagon form looks really handsome and sporty.
The interior is likewise similar to the Corolla Touring Sports as both models feature the same dash design, digital gauges, and 8-inch touch screen infotainment system. There’s Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging. Of course, being a wagon, space is on par with a crossover SUV. Trunk space with the rear seats up is at 596 liters while folding the rear seats down increases trunk space to 1,232 liters.
Under the hood of the Suzuki Swace is the same 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain found in the Corolla, which means it has a total system output of 120 hp and up to 142 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via an e-CVT.
Just like its Toyota counterpart, the Suzuki Swace gets the same Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assist systems. This includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, Toyota’s Lane Tracing Assist, automatic emergency braking, just to name a few.
The partnership with Toyota enables Suzuki to quickly comply with the European Union’s stricter CO2 emissions regulations. The ruling states that by 2021, with phase-in from 2020, the average CO2 fleet-wide emissions of a car manufacturer should be no more than 95 g/km. Collaborating with Toyota’s is a quick way for Suzuki to lower its fleet-average CO2 emissions even further, thus avoid facing penalties in the European Union.