A new report indicates Suzuki is working on a competitor for the Nissan Juke due in 2015. All-wheel drive Swift planned for later this year.
A new report indicates Suzuki is working on a competitor for the Nissan Juke due in 2015.
A Suzuki source has told Autocar the new model will be available in Europe and will be manufactured at the firm's plant in Hungary where they also make the new SX4 S-Cross. Suzuki doesn't consider the larger SX4 S-Cross as a direct replacement of the SX4 since apparently the new Juke-sized model will actually be the successor of the original SX4.
It will ride on a shortened variant of the S-Cross' platform and is set to receive a bolder design. Suzuki also plans to provide a great deal of customization options, while engines will probably be carried over from the S-Cross so expect 1.6-liter gasoline and diesels, along with manual/automatic and FWD/AWD options.
Interestingly, Suzuki is planning a four-wheel drive variant of the Swift later this year when the facelifted model comes out. There will be two versions of the revised Swift: standard and a rugged model with a full body kit. Swift Sport will remain the same in terms of internals but will be offered in a five-door version.
Autocar is also reporting Alto and Splash will be replaced next year by a new model which will offer the fuel economy of the smaller Alto but with the interior space provided by the Splash.