More details of the forthcoming new Suzuki Vitara have been released, as the new model made its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Suzuki confirmed that the new Vitara would be powered by a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.
The 1.6-litre petrol unit develops 120hp at 6,000rpm, 156Nm of torque at 4,400rpm, and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard with a six-speed auto available as an option.
Although final emissions figures have not yet been established, Suzuki is targeting a CO2 figure of 123 g/km for the two-wheel drive manual model and a very respectable 127 g/km for the auto. Four-wheel drive models are expected to be not too far behind, with CO2 targets of 134 and 138 g/km for manual and auto models respectively.
A 1.6-litre turbo diesel will also be available, producing an identical 120hp yet with more torque: 320Nm at a useful 1,750rpm. It’s expected to achieve CO2 emissions of just 106 g/km in 2WD manual form, with the 4WD model expected to record 111 g/km.
Suzuki’s AllGrip four-wheel drive system, as featured on the SX4 S-Cross to great effect, will also make an appearance on the new Vitara.
The system offers four driving modes – Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock – each providing increasing degrees of rear axle engagement. Auto mode, for instance, uses two-wheel drive by default, automatically switching into four-wheel drive if conditions dictate.
Sport mode sends additional torque to the rear wheels for a more engaging drive, while Snow is for use on unpaved surfaces and assists in the search for traction in slippery conditions. Lock is intended for use when recovering the vehicle from snow, mud or sand and uses the brake system to slow a spinning wheel and transfer torque to the wheels with traction.
The new Vitara will be the first Suzuki to feature the company’s new collision avoidance system. Dubbed Radar Brake Support (RBS), the system uses milliwave radar sensors to detect the presence of vehicles in front. If it detects a collision is likely, the system can issue a warning to the driver or, if the probability of a collision has increased, can even apply the brakes automatically.
Also new is an Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system that uses the same radar sensors to adjust the cruise control’s speed to that of the vehicle in front, providing a more relaxing journey on motorways, for instance.
Externally, the new Vitara is slightly shorter than the S-Cross at 4,175mm, although it is marginally wider (1,775mm) and taller (1,610mm). It also features increased ground clearance – 185mm versus the S-Cross’s 165mm.
The cabin carries across many features from its S-Cross brother, and that’s no bad thing, with a clear set of dials and a seven-inch colour touch-screen that can even be used while wearing gloves. Interior space is expected to be excellent, while cargo space is a respectable 375 litres with the rear seats in place.
Other niceties include a large one-metre long panoramic sunroof, chunky 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a wide range of exterior colours, plus a variety of interior treatments and accessory packages.
The new Suzuki Vitara will go into production in Hungary in early 2015, with its European market debut following soon after.