Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Newspress UK, Suzuki Press | posted October 03, 2014 16:39
Suzuki's new crossover
Suzuki has just held the world premiere of the all-new Vitara at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This 2015 Vitara is the fourth generation of the nameplate since the original in 1988. Unlike body-on-frame previous generation Vitaras, the new one makes use of monocoque construction, thereby classifying it as a crossover SUV.
From the looks of it, the all-new Vitara is designed to look more modern and more aggressive. Up front, the Vitara is equipped with a dual-port grill and LED headlights with blue projector covers. It also has a trapezoidal bumper that comes with chrome trim and fog lamps.
Towards the side the all-new Vitara has lines that runs on the entire length of the body. The side of the vehicle is also fitted with chrome trim that adds to Vitara's contemporary design. Moreover, the roofline of the Vitara slopes smoothly towards the rear.
The rear of the all-new Vitara sports a fresh design. Suzuki has removed the spare tire carrier (we assume the spare is now underneath) on the all-new Vitara and equipped with a redesigned taillights.
Inside, Suzuki gave the Vitara a cabin with a youthful and sporty look. It has a boldy shaped instrument panel, three-spoke steering wheel with various controls and circular aircondition vents. The interior also features a seven-inch touchscreen display.
The next generation Vitara is powered either by a M16 1.6-liter gasoline or a D16AA 1.6-liter diesel. The gasoline engine can produce 120 PS and 156 Nm of torque. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the diesel engine also delivers 120 PS but has more torque at 320 Nm. Suzuki hasn't release more details apart from European-spec diesel Vitaras will get a six-speed manual transmission while the M16 gasoline engine can come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Also, the Vitara now comes with front-wheel drive as standard while the 'ALLGRIP' all-wheel drive system is offered as an option. Suzuki also used plenty of high tensile steel to keep the weight down.