25 years since its original launch, Suzuki has unveiled its all-new Vitara and its smaller dimensions still have four-wheel-drive; it is more urban than ever before. The new Vitara will go into production at the Magyar Suzuki plant in Hungary in early 2015, and will then make its market début across Europe. It will later be exported around the world as Suzuki’s global compact SUV.
The new Vitara inherits the styling of its series and the Jimny and brings it up to date in a brand-new exterior design. It features large diameter wheels and the high ground clearance means there’s a degree of off-road capability. Ground clearance is pegged at 185mm while there is an 18.2 degree approach angle and a 28.2 degree departure angle to enable the driver to negotiate deeply rutted roads.
The clamshell bonnet and a trapezoid motif front bumper, kicked-up body-side character lines and bonnet-side air outlets form motifs from the first generation Vitara - all form part of its more modern exterior. LED headlamps with blue projector covers attribute to an energy-saving finish.
Inside, there’s an audio system with smartphone connectivity, navigation and the radar brake support to prevent or mitigate collisions. The luggage area has a capacity of 375 litres, while Suzuki is claiming a world first with the new sunroof consisting of two individually sliding glass panels. The sunroof extends over the front and rear seats, making the cabin more relaxing for all occupants.
A new instrument panel garnish and a U-shape design around the shift lever, along with round clock and air outlets, make up the new interior. Passive-safety equipment includes seven airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and impact-absorbing bonnet structures.
It’s to be powered by either a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine. The petrol motor’s output is 88kW/156Nm, while the oil burner produces 88kW/320Nm. There’s a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission available. The new Vitara with two-wheel-drive and a five-speed manual transmission has CO2 emissions of just 123g/km. Suzuki’s targets for the AllGrip equipped Vitara are 134g/km with the five-speed manual transmission, and 138g/km with the six-speed automatic transmission in the petrol derivatives.