Suzuki Launches Updated Swace in Cheshire & The Peak District

Suzuki is the latest manufacturer to come to our region to present first drives in a new vehicle, with the updated Suzuki Swace estate launched in the north-west.

The facelifted Swace — or Swacelift, as we’re calling it — is a refresh of the brand’s popular C-segment estate which is based on the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports. That tech-sharing agreement also sees a Suzuki-rebrand of the RAV-4 SUV, called the Across, and the two models are the largest Suzuki vehicles on sale in Europe.

It’s only available with one of the Corolla’s powertrain options: a non-plug-in hybrid, consisting of a 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motor. That’s been updated as part of the model changes for 2023, and now offers a combined 138hp — up from 120hp — thanks to an upgrade from a 53kW (71hp) electric motor to a 70kW (94hp) unit, although the Atkinson-cycle combustion engine is down a little from 100hp to 97hp.

There’s also a change in specification from the original 2020 car, which sees the two SZ-T and SZ5 trim levels replaced by Motion and Ultra grades starting at £28,999 and £30,799 respectively.

Both models have dual-zone air conditioning, an eight-inch LCD infotainment screen — with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration — rear parking camera, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a new-for-2023 digital instrument cluster. Ultra adds wireless phone charging, LED projector headlights, interior ambient lighting, and parking sensors, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors.

For the UK first drives Suzuki chose to base the event at Shrigley Hall near to Macclesfield, with a driving route that took attendees out east into the Peak District National Park.

You’ll be able to read our members’ thoughts on the updated Swace through their various outlets soon.