Full details on the new Suzuki Vitara have been released. With prices starting at £16,999, the mild 2019 model year facelift includes subtle design revisions, new engines and more technology and safety features as standard for the Nissan Juke and SsangYong Tivoli rival.
From a design perspective, the 2019 Vitara changes are subtle. The lower part of the front bumper has been redesigned and there’s a new grille with vertical, rather than horizontal, slats. The old rear lamps have been ditched in favour of new LED units, and new alloy wheels and paint colours are now available.
Interior updates are equally low-key. Suzuki has redesigned the trim on the seats, offering a suede option for the top-spec SZ5 models. Also, the instrument panel now incorporates a colour TFT display between the dials, and Suzuki claims that the binnacle is now made of a softer, higher quality plastic.
The new Suzuki Vitara also comes with more standard equipment than the outgoing model. The entry-level SZ4 boasts seven airbags, alloy wheels, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed limiter, automatic climate control and front and rear electric windows.
Under the bonnet, both the 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.4-litre Boosterjet engines are now offered, replacing the outgoing 1.6-litre unit. SZ4 and SZ-T grade cars are equipped with the 1.0-litre 109bhp Boosterjet engine, and ALLGRIP all-wheel-drive is available as an option on the SZ-T car when specced with a manual transmission.
The range topping SZ5 models, priced between £22,499 and £25,649, are equipped with the larger 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine, shared with the latest Swift Sport and developing 138bhp and 220Nm of torque.
The range-topper is also fitted with Suzuki’s Dual Sensor Brake Support system, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control and a panoramic sunroof.
Now read how we’re getting on with our long term Suzuki Swift Sport here.