Upgrades for Suzuki

Vitara

Suzuki Vitara, 2019, front
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, side
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, rear
Suzuki Vitara, 2019, interior

SUZUKI is updating its Vitara SUV line up with new engines, a new-look interior, more equipment and some subtle changes to the design.

Entry level prices are up by £1,000 to £16,999 and the range now tops out at £25,649 - a rise of some £2,000 over the current car.

The nine model line up now starts with a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engined model which uses the same three-cylinder unit as in the Suzuki Swift, the Baleno and the S-Cross crossover.

Developing 111ps, the 1.0-litre Vitara has a 0 to 60 time of 11.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 111mph - virtually identical to the current car with a 1.6-litre engine.

The 1.0-litre model will be joined by 1.4-litre Boosterjet versions with 140ps on tap and capable of 0 to 60 in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 124mph.

Previously available in the Vitara S model, the bigger four-cylinder engine is now coming on stream in all trim levels other than the basic SZ4 grade and will cost from £19,999 in SZ-T trim.

Standard equipment for all Vitara models now includes seven airbags, alloy wheels, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning and front and rear electric windows.

Mid-range SZ-T trim adds new design 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, white stitching for seat trim fabric, a smartphone link audio and navigation system while top range SZ5 versions have LED headlights, polished alloy wheels, suede seat fabric, keyless entry, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, dual sensor brake support and a panoramic sunroof.

Suzuki's Allgrip all-wheel-drive system is being offered with the 1.0-litre engine in SZ-T specification costing from £20,799 and with the 1.4 block in SZ5 trim, priced from £24,299 for a six-speed manual model or £25,649 for a six-speed auto.

Fuel economy for a 4x4 remains competitive with the 1.0-litre Vitara rated at 49.5 to the gallon with emissions of 129g/km while the 1.4 with Allgrip comes in at 43.6mpg with a CO2 figure of 139g/km.

Two-wheel-drive Vitaras are rated at 53.2mpg (121g/km) for the 1.0-litre and 48.7 (131g/km) for the 1.4.

Inside, the new Vitara now has soft touch material in the trim while the instrumentation has been upgraded to include a central colour information screen between the dials.

Externally, Suzuki has made changes to the design of the front grille and lower bumper to smarten the Vitara's looks while at the rear the light clusters now incorporate an LED display.

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