Review Suzuki VitaraApril 4, 2019
We hoped that in the spring we would already make great material about the long-awaited new generation Suzuki Jimny. But instead of the charismatic small SUV the Japanese have so far brought to us a modernized Vitara crossover.
But for Suzuki, this is a no less significant car that recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Few compact SUVs can boast of such longevity – even the classics of the genre like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V appeared a few years later, the Vitara. So what surprises did the Japanese company prepare for the anniversary of its most popular model?
Is it the same Vitara as before?
At first glance – exactly the same. However, Vitara has really changed, although the difference is noticeable only on the crossover in the middle or maximum configuration. Car 2019 model year in the basic version of the GL is possible to identify only by the modified rear lights.
But the “Vitara” performed by the GL + and GLX can be distinguished thanks to a different grille with vertical chrome strips and a new front bumper with an upgraded central section. The shape of the rear bumper, to which the fog light and the reversing light have now moved, has also changed a little.
In addition, 17-inch light-alloy wheels of a different design and new options for painting the body with the traditional ability to use several contrasting colors are available for the top-end configuration.
And what about the interior?
With the interior is the same story – in the interior, if you tense up, you can still discover some innovations. But that’s not the case with the base car, where only the upholstery on the front panel has changed.
Starting with the average configuration of the GL +, the crossover got a new instrument panel with modified dials, between which a 4.2-inch color information display appeared, replacing the monochrome screen. The monitor displays a variety of useful and not very specific information such as the modes of the all-wheel drive, torque, dynamic overload, acceleration and deceleration.
Plus, the attentive driver will notice the other clock on the front panel, as well as another glove box lining and a modified diamond pattern on the seats in the GLX version.
But despite all this, the interior looks archaic and even a bit gloomy. Of course, the interior can be individualized by adding optional bright elements to the front panel and air ducts. However, with the same success it is possible to paint old prefabricated houses in dormitory areas in all the colors of the rainbow – the fun will not increase significantly.
Are there new engines?
Yes, but they are not for us yet. For example, in Europe, the main technical change in the Suzuki Vitara was the emergence of a three-cylinder supercharged engine of one liter capacity of 110 horsepower. A more nimble and economical small unit is designed to replace the former 1.6-liter aspirated, which, however, will remain in some countries.
Vitara is still offered with a naturally aspirated engine developing 117 hp. and 156 Nm of torque. By the degree of its leisurely engine can compete with the information and entertainment complex, loading the image from the rear view camera. The engine is frankly weak for a far from the heaviest SUV (the mass of an all-wheel drive car is only 1,285 kg), the acceleration of which from the spot to the “hundred” is 13 seconds. on the passport.
But still the crossover is available with a more fun 1.4-liter “turbo-four”, 140 forces and 220 Nm which allow the car to accelerate to 100 km / h three seconds faster. The first engine works with both a five-speed manual and a six-band “automatic”, and a more powerful engine is combined only with an automatic transmission.
And what about all-wheel drive?
The optional all-wheel drive system is the same – AllGrip, where the rear axle is connected using a multi-plate clutch, and the electronics are able to optimize engine, transmission and stabilization settings for driving on different surfaces.
For example, in the automatic mode, the thrust is supplied only to the front wheels, and the rear ones are activated in the event of a front slip. In Snow mode, the degree of torque transmission to the rear axle increases, and when a drift occurs, the algorithm dampens engine speed. When translating the puck into Sport mode, the response on the accelerator sharpens, and the engine revs increase.
Well-coordinated chassis and turbo engine – a good combination. In general, Vitara is one of those cars that do not get used to. The crossover is clearly controlled, promptly responds to pressing the gas, practically does not lurch at sharp turns and, if necessary, copes with a muddy road full of tricky hollows without much pressure. However, I still want to leave a serious off-road for Jimny.
New options have appeared?
After the upgrade, Suzuki Vitara became available with a variety of modern assistants, including monitoring of “dead” zones, an automatic emergency braking system, a traffic sign recognition function and assistance when leaving the parking area in reverse.
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