Su­zu­ki gi­ves 2019 Vi­ta­ra a sub­t­le fa­ce­lift

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Af­ter the re­cent an­noun­ce­ment of a 30th an­ni­ver­s­a­ry of Vi­ta­ra, Su­zu­ki has re­vea­led de­tails of a sub­t­ly re­fres­hed ver­si­on for the 2019 mo­del y­e­ar. As well as a sub­t­le fa­ce-lift, t­he­re’s al­so a re­vi­si­on of the SUV’s en­gi­ne li­neup and se­ver­al techni­cal and spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on up­da­tes.

Per­haps the big­ge­st chan­ge to the Vi­ta­ra for 2019 is the 1,6-lit­re pe­trol en­gi­ne which is to be re­pla­ced by 1,0-lit­re and 1,4-lit­re en­gi­nes from ot­her mo­dels in the cur­rent Su­zu­ki fa­mi­ly.

The 1,0-lit­re Boos­ter­jet en­gi­ne is bor­ro­wed from the S­wift and pro­du­ces 81kW and 169Nm of tor­que, whi­le the 1,4 is al­so found in the S-Cross and pro­vi­des 102kW and 219Nm of tor­que.

The smal­ler of the two en­gi­nes will fe­a­tu­re in the en­try le­vel SZ4 and mid-ran­ge SZ-T ver­si­ons of the Vi­ta­ra, with the lar­ger 1,4-lit­re u­nit being the stan­dard po­wer­plant in the top-of-the-ran­ge SZ5. T­ho­se who want to ta­ke ad­van­ta­ge of Su­zu­ki’s ALLGRIP all-w­heel dri­ve sy­stem will find it as an op­ti­on for the SZ-T with a ma­nu­al ge­ar­box.

Ran­ge-top­ping SZ5 mo­dels will al­so co­me e­quip­ped stan­dard with la­ne de­par­tu­re war­ning and pre­ven­ti­on, traf­fic sign re­cog­ni­ti­on and re­ar cross traf­fic a­lert.

Ex­te­ri­or sty­ling chan­ges are sub­t­le, with the 2019 Vi­ta­ra get­ting a re­de­sig­ned front gril­le with ver­ti­cal s­lats, a front bum­per with a new lo­wer secti­on and new he­ad­lig­hts re­pre­sen­ting a re­de­sig­ned lig­hting sig­na­tu­re.

T­he­re will al­so be new de­signs of the al­loy w­heels and a cou­ple of new paint co­lours.

In­te­ri­or en­han­ce­ments in­clu­de a re­de­sig­ned in­stru­ment pa­nel with a co­lou­red screen be­t­ween the di­als and the use of hig­her qua­li­ty ma­te­ri­als for the up­per part of the in­stru­ment pa­nel.

The Vi­ta­ra is now sold in an in­cre­di­ble 191 coun­tries and re­gi­ons a­round the glo­be, and the na­me­pla­te has sold mo­re than 3,7 mil­li­on u­nits wor­ld­wi­de sin­ce it was in­tro­du­ced in 1988.

The re­vi­sed 2019 mo­del will be lan­ding in sho­wrooms from Sep­tem­ber.

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