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Suzuki resurrects icon with all-new Vitara

By Charl Bosch - Nov 13, 2015
Suzuki resurrects icon with all-new Vitara

A staple of the compact SUV segment since its launch in 1988, Suzuki has breathed new life into its iconic Vitara with the unveiling of the all-new second generation model.

Drawing inspiration from the iV-4 concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show two years ago, the Vitara slots in above the Jimny in Suzuki’s local SUV line-up, and also sees the dropping of the Grand prefix for the first time since 1997.

Unlike its predecessor however, the Vitara also foregoes its proper four-wheel drive hardware for an updated version of Suzuki’s permanent AllGrip system, that allows for the choosing of the four settings; Auto, Snow, Sport and Lock, depending on preference.

Comprising of five models and two transmission options, the Vitara makes use of Suzuki’s proven M16A 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces 86 kW and 151 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard across the range with a six-speed automatic being the sole option on the range topping two-wheel drive GLX.

Combined fuel consumption is a claimed 5.8 L/100 km for the 2WD manual and 6.2 L/100 km for the 4WD, with the 2WD auto coming in at 6.0 L/100 km. Emissions are rated at 136 g/km, 145 g/km and 139 g/km respectively.

While European markets also offer a 1.6 DDIS turbodiesel engine with 88 kW and 320 N.m of torque, it is unlikely that this model would be made available due to our poor diesel quality.

Standard kit is impressive with the base GL featuring 16-inch steel wheels, electric mirrors, front scuff plate, full-trip computer, front electric windows, daytime running lights, four-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB, air-conditioning, seven airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP and Brake Assist.

Moving one up, the GL+ adds a body coloured grille, colouring coded bumpers and door handles, 16-inch alloy wheels, leather covered steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons, rear electric windows, single-zone air-conditioning, chrome and silver interior inserts, silver stitching on the seats and steering wheel, and front foglights. In addition, Hill Decent Control is offered on the 4WD model only.

Completing the range, the GLX improves with polished 17-inch alloys, roof rails, chrome fenders and grille, projector type LED headlights with daytime running LED’s, auto on/off wipers, folding mirrors with integrated indicators, auto levelling headlights, keyless go, synthetic leather trim with suede inserts, front and rear parking sensors, Hill Hold Control and electric sunroof.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty and four year / 60 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



GLR239 900
GL+R269 900
GL+ AllGripR291 900
GLX ATR299 900
GLX AllGripR319 900


IMAGE sourced from performancedrive.com.au