Subtle facelift for Suzuki Vitara 31 | 07 | 2018

    SUZUKI HAS GIVEN its Vitara SUV an update — part of a mild 2019 model year facelift — which includes subtle design tweaks, plus new engines and standard safety technology. The updated model will go on-sale at Scottish dealerships in September. Prices have yet to be confirmed. (Related: Roadtest — Suzuki Swift Sport)

    Under the bonnet the latest Vitara is now available with both the 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.4-litre Boosterjet engines; these replace the outgoing 1.6-litre unit. SZ4 and SZ-T grade cars are equipped with the 1.0-litre 109bhp Boosterjet engine, and ALLGRIP all-wheel-drive is now available as an option on the SZ-T car when specced with a manual transmission.


    At the top of the 2019 Vitara range, the  SZ5 model now gets the larger 138bhp 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine, shared with the latest Swift Sport. As standard, the range topper now also comes with Suzuki’s Dual Sensor Brake Support, lane departure warning and Prevention, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.


    Externally, the design changes to the facelifted Vitara are, indeed, subtle. Look closely and you’ll see there’s a redesigned front grille with vertical slats, plus the lower section of the front bumper is also new. More noticeable are the new headlights, which boast a redesigned lighting signature. Buyers can also opt for new designs of alloys, plus there’s a range of fresh paint colours.


    Inside the cabin the redesigned instrument panel now incorporates a colour TFT display between the dials, and Suzuki highlights the upper part of the instrument panel is now made of a softer, higher quality plastic.

    Related: Roadtest — Suzuki Swift

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    Jim McGill

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