The all new Suzuki Vitara


Only time will tell if Suzuki’s bold new move will pay off for the long standing franchise when they introduce the all new Suzuki Vitara. The Vitara, which is set to compete against the Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi ASX and Mazda CX-3 was unveiled earlier this month by the Japanese car maker, but the assure you it won’t be confusing having this model enter the range and effectively compete with the S-Cross.
Andrew Moore, General Manager of Suzuki Australia, believes that having more than 1 offering in the same segment will be a challenge, but it’s certainly not impossible. He sees Suzuki’s focus a little like that of Mazda, where they have multiple sizes / versions (CX-3 and CX-5) in the same range. He stated “They come in looking at a Vitara and they consider what is the best option for them.”
At the moment Suzuki is focused on getting the Vitara to market and focusing their advertising on this new car with the old name making a splash. They are certainly aware that they don’t have the marketing budget of some of the bigger brands and that their customer following is minimal compared to the likes of Toyota or Mazda, so it’s about getting the car into market and making sure they make the most of its great features.
The Suzuki Vitara will come in two different spec levels with the base model RT-S starting from $22,990. The RT-S comes in Auto or 5 speed Manual with a VVT 1.6L petrol engine, allowing it tio achieve an impressive 5.8L per 100km. Although the RT-S is an entry level price, it is anything but on the inside. Open the drivers door and you discover it comes with 7 airbags so your family is as safe as they can be, Multimedia Satellite Navigation and reversing camera and Digital climate Control.Couple all this with the 17 inch Alloys and the entry level Vitara is nothing to sneeze at.
The RT-X ups the anty adding a 6 speed Automatic with paddle shift, constant AWD with ALLGRIP technology to the instrument cluster, as well as dual panoramic sunroof and front parking sensors. For the little tricky bits the VT-X also comes standard with hill hold and hill descent control and key-less entry and start system.
We feel no matter which model ticks all the boxes you won’t be disappointed with the all new Suzuki Vitara.