The Suzuki Vitara is Suzuki Philippines’ entry into the subcompact crossover segment. Now on its fourth generation, the all-new Suzuki Vitara is a lot smaller compared to its predecessor. This current model is built in Hungary, which gives it an edge over its rivals in the subcompact crossover category. The Suzuki Vitara’s design offers an aggressive yet sleek profile, with its front-end featuring wraparound LED headlamps, a large grille, and a muscular bumper. This Japanese crossover measures 4,175 mm long, 1,775 mm wide, and 1,610 mm high.
Inside, the all-new Suzuki Vitara is made up of a dark interior theme with suede inserts on its leather seats. The top-of-the-line variant gets a 10-inch Android infotainment display with offline navigation and produces music via its six speakers. In addition, the Vitara has a white-on-black instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, and five-person seating capacity. Under its hood, the Vitara has a 1.6-liter engine, capable of producing 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque. The Vitara is only available with an ALLGRIP and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
In 2019, Suzuki launched the refreshed Suzuki Vitara with variants including the GL, GL+, and the GLX. Powering the crossover is a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that produces 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque. All three variants come with a 6-speed automatic as its only transmission choice.
Fast-forward to May 28, 2021, and Suzuki brings in an ALLGRIP Vitara, giving the Vitara added capability to go off-road with multiple selectable drive modes. Currently, the ALLGRIP variant is the only Vitara in the lineup.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
Powering the Suzuki Vitara is a 1.6-liter M16 naturally-aspirated engine that produces 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque. To help get you to a stop, the compact crossover has ventilated discs up front and a solid disc in the rear. The suspension setup is MacPherson struts up front paired to coil springs. At the back, however, is a torsion beam suspension with coil springs. For wheels, both GLX trims have a set of 17-inch polished alloy wheels. Power is sent to all four wheels.
Front Engine, Front-Wheel Drive or ALLGRIP
1.6-liter M16A I4 Naturally-Aspirated Gasoline
115 hp, 156 Nm of torque
Unlike its older model, the current Suzuki Vitara only now comes in front-wheel drive. Power is not a problem as the 1.6-liter engine producing 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque gives you power when you need it even without the need to manually downshift the transmission with paddle shifters. The engine’s acceleration is also linear and thrifty making driving the vehicle easier and predictable. The 6-speed transmission gets the job done but there is a delay when you floor the gas pedal.
Daytime running lights are standard for the Suzuki Vitara GLX variant, as well as an electric folding function for the side mirrors. For infotainment, the Vitara can be had with a 10-inch touchscreen system paired with 6-speakers. For seamless phone integration, the display has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include a push-start button along with smart keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and an automatic climate control.
On the outside, The Vitara features LED projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights for the top trim level. The other variants, however, only get projector halogens, which still get the job done in terms of lighting. The is available can either be had in a monotone or two-tone color scheme. For the two-tone variants, therefore it can have a white or black roof to match.
As Suzuki’s entry into the subcompact segment the Vitara’s interior is populated with plastics, According to Suzuki, the aim of the interior is to provide a more youthful and sporty look. At the back of the subcompact crossover is 375-liters of space. Folding the seats down will give you an additional 335-liters of space. The GLX variant comes with a sunroof but it can be intrusive in terms of light seeping through the relatively thin sunroof shade.
The Suzuki Vitara comes with dual front, side, and curtain airbags for GLX variants. Additional safety equipment includes an electronic stability program that mitigates wheel spin, hill hold control, and a pedal release system that limits the movement of the pedals in the event of a crash. Other features include parking sensors for the front and rear as well as a reversing camera.
The Vitara got a 4-star rating from the ASEAN NCAP in 2018.
The 2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip is on this episode of Behind the Wheel. Will the subcompact crossover that goes for P1,458,000 be worth your hard-earned cash? Does it stack up even better with its all-wheel drive? Well, find on by watching our review.
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What's the difference between the Vitara and Grand Vitara?
The Vitara and Grand Vitara are essentially different cars, with the Grand version having more off-road capabilities than the youthful subcompact crossover.
Is there a new Vitara coming out?
Suzuki Philippines quietly launched a facelifted Suzuki Vitara in 2019. Plus, Suzuki Philippines even extended the lineup with a Vitara ALLGRIP.
What engine does a Suzuki Vitara have?
There are multiple engines available for the Suzuki Vitara globally. There are turbo-charged ones and naturally-aspirated types. In the Philippines, the 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline engine is the sole option.
Is there a 4x4 Suzuki Vitara?
Suzuki Philippines launched an ALLGRIP variant for the Vitara in May 2021.
Does the Suzuki Vitara have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Both GLX trims of the Suzuki Vitara have a 10-inch infotainment system that gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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