The all new Suzuki Vitara has been revealed, featuring a completely new design that will offer more choice than ever before.
Personalisation is a key feature of the new model, with a choice of two-tone combinations and three new metallic colours available to choose from: Atlantis Turquoise Pearl, Horizon Orange, and Savannah Ivory. The front grille, fender garnishes, instrument panel, louvre rings, and even the clock can all be customised for each driver's tastes.
Drivers can also choose from two accessory packages, depending on what they intend to use it for and where they plan to use it. A city driver, for example, might choose to add the Urban Package, which offers chrome fog lamp bezels, body-side mouldings, and a roof spoiler. In contrast, an off-road driver may be interested in the Rugged Package, which includes a front and rear skidplate, fog lamp bezels, a body-side moulding, and loaded edge protection.
The new Vitara is powered by the M16 1.6-litre petrol engine, which comes with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, or the D16AA 1.6-litre diesel engine, available with a six-speed manual transmission and featuring a new EGR system and an electronically controlled VGT.
CO2 emissions are low with just 123g/km emissions for the manual petrol engine, and the four-wheel drive has Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system for just 134g/km. Official figures for the diesel model are still to be confirmed.
The ALLGRIP system, which was first used to great success on the SX4 S-Cross, doesn’t just improve fuel consumption. It also offers a choice of four driver-selectable modes: Auto, Sport, Snow, and Lock, so that no matter what conditions lay ahead of you, you’re always prepared.
Safety on the new Vitara has been improved with the new Radar Brake Support (RBS) system, which uses radar to detect vehicles in front and buzzes if it senses that there may be a possibility of collision. If the warning isn’t heeded, the system can activate brake assist, which increases the braking force during emergency braking or brakes automatically if it deems a collision to be unavoidable.
The RBS system works together with cruise control to create the new Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system, which uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle in front, then automatically adjusts speed to maintain one of three driver-selected distances. Other safety features include seven airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, and a mechanism that limits rearward movement of the brake pedal. Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) is also employed to improve impact absorption.
A new car release wouldn’t be complete without new toys to play with, and the Vitara comes with a sunroof consisting of two individually sliding glass panels. The design first appeared on the SX4 S-Cross, and provides a more relaxing cabin by extending over the front and rear seats.
Another highlight is the 7” touchscreen, which acts as a control hub for a number of features, including the audio system, a 3D navigation map, and the use of smartphone applications. It can even be used while wearing gloves – perfect for those winter months!
The Suzuki Vitara will be coming to showrooms in 2015.