It increasingly appears that the model chosen is actually a three car Flexity Swift, not the Flexity 2 expected/promised/discussed. (Queue many a surprised face). From what I understood, the Flexity 2 was the preferred option due to its ability to handle tight curves, largely due to its 'combino like' short sections. At this stage, I am unable to get any further info, but thinking about the bogie position of the proposed flexity Swift, but I can't help but wonder wether the solution is a fourth set of bogies (i.e. 2 at each end, and one at the pivot point for each bogie), similar to the B class.
Looking at images available, I am reminded very much of the B class trams, and can't help but wonder if this was a selling point - as in "Well, its just a largely updated version of the B class that are very reliable in your network. All low floor, of course!"
Yes, the Bombardier announcement on their website contradicts the governments artist rendition which is also on the Bombardier site. All images and drawings I have seen show a Flexity Swift tram to be very much a low floor version of the Melbourne B class, with the same bogie arrangement but just a different centre articulation arrangement. Whereas the artists renditon of the new tram is very much a Flexity2 inspired update of the Flexity Classic running in Adelaide.
So, the question remains which is right and which is wrong and what will we really end up with?