Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | August 30, 2017 08:18
Suzuki testing 2018 Vitara, could get revised front and rear
Nearly six months ago, our spies were able to take photos of what appeared to be the 2018 Suzuki Vitara facelift. With the fourth-generation model first introduced as a 2015 model year, it's not a surprise that the automaker is gearing up for the crossover's mid-cycle facelift.
Recently, our spies happened upon a camouflaged Suzuki Vitara, only this time it had a slightly altered exterior. Beginning with the front fascia, the grill and front bumper are still camouflaged. This could mean that Suzuki is busy redesigning the front end. Moreover, the Vitara facelift will apparently get a new mesh grill, replacing the original slatted grill.
It's at the back where Suzuki made new changes. Compared to the previous prototype spotted last March 2017, the crossover seen here now has a camouflaged tailgate and what appears to be a new set of taillights. Our best guess is that Suzuki will update the fourth-gen Vitara's front and rear fascias for the 2018 model year update.
Our spies also noticed that both the front and rear bumpers had what looked to be sensors. With most countries pushing for improved safety systems, it's not too far fetched that Suzuki will update the Vitara with new safety features.
Beyond that, the Vitara facelift may also get a revised interior, as well as slightly updated engines. Currently, the Vitara is available with two 1.6-liter engines. First is the gasoline-powered M16 which puts out 120 PS and 156 Nm of torque. Next up is the D16AA turbo-diesel that generates 120 PS and 320 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel-drive comes as standard while all-wheel-drive is available as an option.
The 2018 Suzuki Vitara refresh could make its world debut at this year's Tokyo Motor Show in October.