Suzuki has basically downplayed the possibility of coming out with a successor for the aging Grand Vitara (Escudo).

Suzuki has basically downplayed the possibility of coming out with a successor for the aging Grand Vitara (Escudo).

Talking to CarAdvice, Suzuki's executive vice president Toshihiro Suzuki said a replacement for the Grand Vitara is unlikely to happen, but at the moment the model is "still under consideration." The third generation came out way back in 2005 and received a facelift back in 2012 but the model is in need of a replacement which has slim chances of being green-lighted for production.

Suzuki hasn't said anything about the current model being axed but a report issued by British media last month indicated the company will stop production and sell all remaining units until the end of the year, with no plans for a new variant.

On a related note, we remind you Suzuki introduced in Paris earlier this month the new Vitara which is programmed to go on sale in 2015. It will be built exclusively in Hungary and will be offered with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine rated at 118 bhp (88 kW) and 156 Nm (115 lb-ft) along with a 1.6-liter diesel producing the same amount of horsepower but with 320 Nm (236 lb-ft). The gasoline engine works with a standard five-speed manual or an optional six-speed auto whereas the diesel motor is coupled exclusively to a six-speed manual.

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