Suzuki Vitara (2015–)
- October 2014: New Vitara unveiled
- February 2015: Specifications and prices announced
- June 2015: New automatic Vitara launched
- September 2015: Vitara S launched
- January 2018: Vitara Kuro launched
- July 2018: Vitara 2019 model year announced
- November 2018: Suzuki Vitara prices announced
- May 2019
- December 2019: Suzuki mild hybrids announced
- June 2020: Suzuki Vitara mild-hybrid priced from £21,749
New Vitara unveiled
The new five door car is named Vitara and it marks the return of the famous badge first used by Suzuki more than 25 years ago, also on a small SUV.
4,175mm long x 1,775mm wide x 1,610mm high, on a 2,500mm wheelbase.
Wheels and tyres: 16" alloy with 215/60 R16 tyres or 17" alloy with 215/55 R17 tyres.
On sale in the UK from April 2015, the all-new Vitara is available with optional ALLGRIP intelligent four wheel drive with petrol and diesel engines that offer low CO2emissions as well as outstanding fuel economy in the sector.
Specifications and prices announced
Vitara SZ4 has seven airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning, front and rear electric windows and projector headlamps.
Vitara SZ-T adds 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, Smartphone link audio and navigation system.
Vitara SZ5 adds LED Projector headlights, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, suede seat fabric, keyless entry with start button, Adaptive Cruise Control, Radar Brake Support and Panaoramic sunroof.
1.6 SZ4 £13,999
1.6 SZ-T £15,499
1.6 SZ5 ALLGRIP 4WD £17,999
1.6 DDiS SZ-T £16,999
1.6 DDiS SZ5 £19,499
1.6 SSiS SZ5 ALLGRIP 4WD £21,299
Urban Pack of fog lamp bezels (chrome-plated), body-side mouldings, and a roof spoiler(for SZ-T and SZ5) £500
Rugged Pack of front and rear skid plates, fog lamp bezels, body-side mouldings, and loading edge protection (for SZ-T and SZ5) £500
Metallic Paint (all models) £430
Dual-tone Paint (for SZ-T and SZ5) £800
The 2015 Suzuki Vitara is powered by the M16A 1.6-litre petrol engine or the D16AA 1.6-litre DDiS Fiat sourced diesel engine. With the petrol option, friction reductions combined with weight savings in the engine and related components help achieve excellent fuel economy together with high output and torque.
Emissions for the petrol engine with two wheel drive / manual transmission are 123g/km and 127g/km for the petrol engine with two-wheel drive / six-speed automatic transmission.
Four-wheel drive is typically seen as detrimental to fuel economy and emissions performance. By contrast, Suzuki's ALLGRIP system enables CO 2 emissions that are remarkably low for a four-wheel drive SUV with figures of 130g/km with five-speed manual transmission and 131g/km with six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Vitara also has outstandingly low emissions with the DDiS engine, emitting just 106g/km with two-wheel drive / six-speed manual transmission and 111g/km with four-wheel drive / six-speed manual transmission.
New automatic Vitara launched
A new six-speed fully automatic transmission is now available on the SZ5 petrol model in either two wheel drive or ALLGRIP versions and is also a £1,350 option.
CO2 emissions for the petrol engine are 127g/km with two wheel drive / automatic transmission which is just 4g/km higher than for the manual transmission model.
Vitara S launched
Gets new 1.4 litre chain cam turbo petrol BoosterJet engine developing 140PS and 220Nm torque from 1500 to 4000rpm. 4 wheel drive. 6-speed manual transmission. 52.3mph combined and 127g/km CO2 in ECDC tests. Top speed 120mph. 6-speed 'automatic' is twin clutch TCSS, not torque converter.
Vitara Kuro launched
Based again on the 1.6-litre SZ-T 2WD manual transmission model with auto air conditioning, satellite navigation, Smartphone link audio and rear privacy glass as standard equipment, Kuro offers a unique specification and £1700 added customer value for a premium of just £750 over the SZ-T.
Kuro offers a very high and unique specification including ‘Misti’ satin black alloy wheels, Black front bumper and side body moulding set, Black door mirrors, Black rear upper spoiler, Black front grille and side trims and Kanji ‘Kuro’ badge. For the interior, the colour design theme continues with Piano Black to dashboard, ventilation trim ring set and centre console trim. A Carbon effect centre analogue clock is also included as standard.
Kuro is available in four colours which are Superior White as a solid colour and Cosmic Black, Galactic Grey and Silky Silver as optional metallic colours available at £500.
Vitara 2019 model year announced
The updated Vitara is 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 CO 2 emission figures for both engines will be available closer to the launch date.
The latest Vitara also offers 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.
Suzuki Vitara prices announced
1.0 Boosterjet SZ4 2WD 5-speed manual 139g/km CO2 WLTP £16,999
1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T 2WD 5-speed manual 139g/km CO2 WLTP £18,999
1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T AT 2WD 6-speed TCSS automatic 153g/km CO2 WLTP £20,349
1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T ALLGRIP 5-speed manual 162g/km CO2 WLTP £20,799
1.4 Boosterjet SZ-T 2WD 6-speed manual 146g/km CO2 WLTP £19,999
1.4 Boosterjet SZ5 2WD 6-speed manual 146g/km CO2 WLTP £20,499
1.4 Boosterjet SZ5 AT 2WD 6-speed TCSS automatic 146g/km CO2 WLTP £23,849
1.4 Boosterjet SZ5 ALLGRIP 6-speed manual 169g/km CO2 WLTP £24,299
1.4 Boosterjet SZ5 ALLGRIP 6-speed automatic TCSS 174g/km CO2 WLTP £25,649
Suzuki mild hybrids announced
Suzuki has revealed plans to add three 48-volt mild hybrid models to itrs range from Spring 2020.
The new mild-hybrid engine will be introduced for Swift Sport, Vitara and S-Cross models and offer up to 20 per cent lower CO2 emissions, a greater level of torque and 15 per cent overall improvement in WLTP Combined fuel consumption. These models will directly replace the current 1.4-litre Boosterjet derivatives with manual transmission.
Similar in basic principle to the 12V Hybrid SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) system that Suzuki pioneered in 2016 and fitted to all manual transmission models in the Ignis range and Swift SZ5 models, the newly developed 48V Hybrid Powertrain remains very lightweight in design and the components add less than 15kg to the overall weight of the vehicle.
The new and higher-powered Suzuki SHVS system consists of a 48V lithium-ion battery, Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) and 48V-12V (DC/DC) converter to power components requiring lower voltage including lights, audio and air conditioning. The ISG acts as both a generator and starter motor, is belt driven and assists the petrol engine during vehicle take off for a higher level of torque with 235Nm available from 2,000rpm.
The compact and high-performance lithium-ion battery stores electrical energy recovered from deceleration and braking and incorporates an idle stop function operated via the Integrated Starter Generator. This battery, along with the DC/DC convertor unit, are located under the front seats to assist overall weight distribution.
A further benefit of the new 48V Hybrid system is the introduction of electric motor idling when the clutch is disengaged and the engine speed is approximately 1,000rpm. This feature essentially replaces fuel injection with power from the electric motor to then control and maintain engine idling at vehicle speeds below 10mph and when stationary.
This function therefore eliminates fuel consumption under these conditions as engine momentum is electrically controlled by the ISG unit and the car is ready to re-accelerate on request with no engine restart delay.
Further detail and full specifications of the three new Hybrid models will be announced in advance of media and public launch which is planned for March 2020.
Suzuki Vitara mild-hybrid priced from £21,749
Orders are now being taken for the Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid, with Suzuki offering 0% finance and a seven-day return policy.
Prices are as follows:
Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid SZ4
Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid SZ-T
Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid SZ5
Vitara 1.4 Boosterjet Hybrid SZ5 ALLGRIP