The Japanese carmaker is reviving the Vitara model name for its five-door, C-segment SUV, which will reach dealers’ showrooms next April.
The Vitara is based on a modified version of the same platform underpinning the SX4 S-Cross, and is likely to use the same 1.6-litre petrol and turbodiesel powertrains, but is taller and wider than that model so will accommodate five occupants more comfortably. It has large-diameter wheels, high ground clearance, and an ‘Allgrip’ system with four modes the driver can select to suit the road surface and driving conditions at any time. Front-wheel driven versions will also be sold, with CO2 emissions expected to be as low as 106g/km when paired with the diesel engine.
A key feature of the Vitara will be buyers’ ability to order a personalised car. Each customer can choose from 15 body colour possibilities that include three new colours and several two- tone combinations, and they can also pick the colour of the grille, bumper trims, instrument panel, louvre rings and centrally located clock. In addition, an ‘urban’ package adds chrome fog lamp bezels, body-side mouldings, and a roof spoiler, while a ‘rugged’ package emphasises SUV toughness by adding a front skidplate, a rear skidplate, fog lamp bezels, body-side mouldings, and a loading edge protection.