Suzuki Launches 2011 Swift and Kizashi 4x4 Variants

2011 Suzuki Kizashi 4x42011 Suzuki Swift 4x4
The Japanese carmaker is expanding its European model lineup with the launch of all-wheel drive variants of the popular Swift supermini and the Kizashi sedan. From the outside, the all-wheel drive versions only differ from the front-wheel drive ones by having a 4x4 badge on the back.

Let’s start with the 2011 Swift 4x4, which is offered exclusively with a 94 horsepower 1.2-liter petrol engine linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. The little Suzuki manages to achieve excellent fuel economy figures, even with the extra load of pushing all four wheels instead of just the front ones. Suzuki says the car achieves an average fuel consumption rating of 5.5 l/100km (42 mpg US). Despite sporting the 4x4 badge, it only produces CO2 emissions of 129g/km.

The front and rear axles are connected to each other with a Visko clutch system, instead of a normal central differential. The Suzuki Swift 4×4 retails in Germany for €14,490 (around $21,000) and comes with all the usual Swift features like a MP3/USB compatible stereo and air conditioning.

The Kizashi 4x4 sedan features Suzuki's intelligent all-wheel drive system (i-AWD), which allows the driver to manually switch the car from front to all-wheel drive with the push of a button. A bigger 178 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine has been paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). According to the Japanese automaker, the Kizashi 4x4 averages 11.3 l/100km (20 mpg US) in the city.

The 4x4 Kizashi features a two-zone automatic climate control, Xenon headlights, ten-way power adjustable and heated driver's seat with memory function. In Germany, prices start from €29,900 (US$41,000).
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