By Wayne Gorrett
Suzuki UK today revealed its 2019 Vitara which has numerous cosmetic, technical and specification upgrades. The Vitara has enjoyed strong UK sales success since its introduction in 2015 and is currently the most popular model in the UK line-up.
The facelifted Vitara will be available with both 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engines as introduced in the S-Cross model range late last year, while the previous 1.6-litre petrol engine will be discontinued. Notably absent this time round is the availability of a diesel engine.
Both SZ4 and SZ-T trim grades will be equipped with the 1.0-litre 109hp engine and ALLGRIP four wheel drive is available optionally on the SZ-T with manual transmission.
SZ5 models come with the 1.4-litre engine which offers a power output of 138hp and 220Nm of torque (available from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm). WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures for both engines will be available closer to the launch date.
The latest Vitara will also offer various design updates, two new colours and the availability of new technology and advanced safety equipment.
Outside, there’s new alloys, a redesigned front grille and lower bumper and the rear features newly-designed light clusters and distinctive LED combination lamps. For the interior, the upper instrument panel now incorporates a soft touch material for added quality and the instrument cluster has a new design with colour central information display.
New safety technology is available as standard on the top-spec SZ5 model which will include ‘dual sensor brake support’, ‘lane departure warning and prevention’, ‘traffic sign recognition’, ‘blind spot monitor’ and ‘rear cross traffic alert’.
Pricing for the new model will be announced closer to the launch date.