Zululand Observer - Weekender

Suzuki Vitara gets turbo-charged engine

- Val van der Walt

UP till now, Suzuki didn’t offer any cars with turbo-charged engines in SA, but that has changed.

The Japanese maker’s SA arm recently launched two new Vitara models, both running the brand’s 1.4-litre Boosterjet unit.

In the Vitara, the turbocharg­ed 1.4 Boosterjet delivers 103kW and 220Nm to the front wheels and can be had with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed self-shifter, depending on the derivative.

Suzuki SA, at the same time, launched the Swift Sport, which also has the 1.4-litre Boosterjet under the bonnet, however in the Swift Sport the turbo-charged mini has been tuned to deliver more torque (230Nm).

The semi-hot Swift Sport is available in six-speed manual or six-speed auto guise and boasts a number of under-body upgrades to make it stable at speed.

Unveiled as long ago as September 2017, the Swift Sport features a lower, wider stance, along with a torqueto-weight ratio that Suzuki says propels it ‘into genuine hot hatch territory’.

 ??  ?? Previously only available with a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine, Suzuki SA now also offers the Vitara crossover with a 1.4-litre turbo-charged plant
Previously only available with a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine, Suzuki SA now also offers the Vitara crossover with a 1.4-litre turbo-charged plant

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