The all-new Suzuki Vitara is set to go on sale early next year in competition with the likes of the Renault Captur and the new Fiat 500X.
There will be the option of two-wheel-drive and Suzuki’s ALLGRIP four-wheel-drive system which in Auto mode will keep the Vitara in two-wheel-drive until conditions need four-wheel-drive. You can lock it into four-wheel-drive for off-road utilizing a limited slip differential to help brake slipping wheels. There is also a Snow and Sport mode.
There is a choice of two engines, a 1.6-litre 120ps petrol with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic and a 1.6-litre 120ps diesel with a six-speed manual transmission, as seen on the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross range.
To aid the Vitara’s off-road credentials ground clearance is 185mm with an 18.2° approach angle and a 28.2° departure angle.
Safety equipment will include Suzuki’s Radar Brake Support (RBS) which is designed to prevent driver from shunting the vehicle in front through a series of warnings and if necessary the automatic application of the brakes. There will also be the option of Adaptive cruise control.
It is too early to publish prices or full specifications which will follow shortly.Published 2 October 2014