The dinky SUV benefits from new engines and a host of on-board safety gadgets.
Suzuki’s Juke-rivalling Vitara SUV has been updated for 2019 with a number of aesthetic and technological improvements. At first glance, little has changed, but Suzuki buffs might spot the new alloy wheel designs, the updated front grille and the addition of LED tail lights. Two new colors have also been introduced.
Inside, Suzuki has altered the materials used on the dashboard to make them more tactile, while the instrument cluster gets a color central information display.
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Under the skin, the Vitara gets a range of 1.0-liter and 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engines, which replace the existing 1.6-liter gas engine. In the United Kingdom, basic SZ4 and mid-range SZ-T variants will come as standard with the 1.0-liter engine, which produces 110 horsepower (82 kilowatts), while the top-spec SZ5 model will get the larger 1.4-liter unit with 140 hp (104 kW).
Four-wheel drive is available as an option on SZ-T models equipped with the manual gearbox.
The Vitara’s on-board technology has been revamped, too, with the Japanese brand promising to build the “most technically advanced Suzuki to date.” As standard, the top-of-the-range SZ5 model will come with lane departure warning and prevention, which not only tells the driver when the car is steering out of its lane, but will also steer the car back into the lane.
Other safety gizmos will include traffic sign recognition and a blind-spot monitoring system, which alerts the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spots over the driver’s shoulders.
Sales across Europe will begin in September.
Gallery: 2019 Suzuki Vitara
Following on from the recent announcement of the 30th Anniversary of the Vitara, Suzuki is pleased to announce the introduction in September of its 2019 model which incorporates numerous visual, technical and specification upgrades. Vitara has enjoyed strong UK sales success since launch in 2015 and it is currently the most popular model in the Suzuki range.
Firstly, Vitara will be available with both 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo charged petrol engines as introduced in the S-Cross model range late last year and these will replace the 1.6-litre petrol engine. The highly acclaimed Boosterjet engines provide more power and torque, greater efficiency and offer lower emissions too. SZ4 and SZ-T grades are equipped with the 1.0-litre 111PS Boosterjet engine and ALLGRIP four wheel drive is available optionally on the SZ-T with manual transmission.
SZ5 models are equipped with the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine which offers a power output of 140PS and 220Nm of torque is 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.
For the exterior, new design alloy wheels are available, a redesigned front grille and lower bumper is utilised and the rear of the car features new design 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.
The 2019 Vitara will be the most technically advanced Suzuki to date and new safety technology available as standard equipment on the SZ5 model 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.
Vitara is sold in 191 Countries and Regions around the world and cumulative sales recently passed 3.7 million units. Suzuki Motor Corporation is the eighth largest car brand in the world with sales in FY 2017 of 3,160,000 units.