Suzuki has released the first details of its new Swift 4x4, which goes on sale this month.

A base model will cost £11,516 while the more premium SZ4 trim costs £13,116. The car has only one engine option at launch - a 1.2-litre petrol coupled to a manual transmission.

Four-wheel drive is managed by a permanent automatic system, which manages torque depending on the situation. Torque is managed via a viscous coupling, which Suzuki says allows the Swift 4x4 to achieve higher cornering speeds.

The Swift 4x4 is 65kg heavier than the equivalent 2WD model, with emissions of 126g/km.

In entry-level SZ3 trim the Swift 4x4 looks almost exactly the same as its 2WD five-door sibling. The premium SZ4 trim, however, gives the car a more rugged appearance by adding front and rear skid plates and wheel arch extensions and side skirts. The SZ4 also gets folding door mirrors and DRLs as standard.

Thanks to: Autocar