The current Suzuki Swift's lineup has become a little more interesting after the addition of a new 4x4 model for the UK market. Already available in Japan as well as several European Countries including Germany and Switzerland, the new Swift 4x4 goes on sale in Britain this month with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and five doors in either SZ3 or SZ4 grades.
What separates the new edition from the other Swift models is the fully automatic and permanent 4-wheel drive system that transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when necessary through a viscous coupling, plus a slightly increased body ride height of 25mm.
In the case of the SZ4 grade, there's also a crossover-style bodykit that adds front and rear skid plates, black wheel arch extensions and black side skirts, for a more rugged look.
Suzuki says the Swift 4x4 is 65kg (143 pounds) heavier than an equivalent 2WD petrol model, while CO2 emissions are 10g/km higher at 126g/km.