New SUV with an old name returns with unique style, generous value and sharp pricing
Suzuki has launched a fresh assault on the SUV market with the revived Suzuki Vitara. The new SUV will be available in two trim levels: the base RT-S which starts from $21,990 for the manual gearbox and $23,990 for the six-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifts. Standard equipment includes satellite navigation, reversing camera, LED running lights and 19 inch alloy wheels.
Step up to the flagship RT-X which is priced from $31,990 and customers will be treated to leather and suede seats, a glass panoramic roof and Suzuki’s ALLGRIP all-wheel drive system. All Vitaras are fitted with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and fuel economy is quoted to be a miserly 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres for cars fitted with the manual transmission.
Suzuki has its eyes firmly set on trendy young types with coloured interior fixtures that can be mixed and matched, a wide range of different colours, two tone colour schemes and accessories such as black alloy wheels and a grilles.
There’s hints of the past in the design mix too, with the new Suzuki Vitara featuring a clamshell bonnet, pumped out fenders and the Vitara side bonnet fin, just like its relatives.
Inside, there’s 375 litres of cargo space and road manners have been tuned for the urban jungle, although those who opt a version with the ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system should expect a little more freedom.
Suzuki Australia is confident the new SUV will be a strong sales performer “Vitara has better fuel economy than Australia’s two best-selling small hatches and loads more style and space, so I am confident we will have a significant number of customers cross-over from the small car segment” declared Andrew Moore, General Manager of Automobiles.
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