Suzuki Vi­tara

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THE FIRST IMAGES FROM SUZUKI SUG­GEST that the Vi­tara will be a lot like the iV-4 con­cept dis­played at the 2013 Frankfurt Mo­tor Show. The ba­sic de­sign is typ­i­cal SUV, fea­tur­ing high ground clear­ance, big wheels, a long bon­net and a raised front bumper. Suzuki is tight-lipped about the en­gines and the di­men­sions, though the com­pact SUV seems sim­i­lar to the 4215mm length, 1850mm width, 1665mm height and a 2500mm wheel­base that fea­tured on the iV-4 con­cept.

What Suzuki has con­firmed is that the SUV will be avail­able with a front-wheel drive setup, while ALL­GRIP in­tel­li­gent four-wheel-drive will be avail­able as an op­tion. The new Vi­tara is likely to em­ploy the 1.6-litre petrol en­gine from the SX4 S-Cross, which is also sched­uled for In­dia some time next year. A diesel mo­tor for In­dia is almost a given, though whether it'll be the 1.3-litre DDiS mo­tor, or some­thing larger, is yet un­known. Ex­pect a late 2015 or early 2016 launch. As the Vi­tara is based on a new plat­form, lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing may re­quire a siz­able in­vest­ment.

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