The Japanese car-maker Suzuki refreshed one of its best selling SUV from its stable, the Vitara. It was introduced in 2015, and three years later, it received a substantial upgrade.
Forget about big, off-road vehicles. The Vitara use to eat mud for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it could do that every day. The times were changed, and there was no longer a need for really tough off-road vehicles. But the Vitara lineup stayed in the Suzuki lineup as a capable SUV.
The design was slightly changed, and it made the car looks smaller than the non-facelifted version. The designers installed six tilting slats instead of two horizontal ones from the 2015 model on the front side. The bumper remained almost the same, with fog lights installed on its sides, but with a different apron where the radar for the automatic cruise control was installed.
Inside, there was a new layout for the dashboard, with colored circles around the vents. The older multi-information display from the instrument cluster was replaced by a new, 4.2” color LCD. Suzuki upgraded the 2018 Vitara with an automatic braking system and traffic sign recognition from a safety perspective. Adaptive cruise control was on the options list.
The 2019 model brought some of the most important updates under the hood, where a new engine lineup was installed. The base model featured a 1.0-liter turbocharged unit, while the top-version was fitted with a 1.4-liter turbocharged unit. Both versions were available with front- or all-wheel-drive.
The Suzuki Vitara has been around since 1988 and in 2014 it reached the fourth generation. Somewhere on the road it lost the transfer box with the low-range gear but gained its place in the SUV market.
For the 2014 model, Suzuki launched the Vitara as a true all-round vehicle, able to crawl slowly in the rush hour traffic or climb happily on an unpaved road toward a lodge. Its ability to bring a smile on its customers didn't fade over time. It just has different customers.
On the outside, the 2014 Vitara looks like it doesn't know exactly if it was an SUV or a station-wagon. The tall greenhouse and short overhangs would go to the first impression, while the interior modularity and amenities would place it inside the compact-hatchback territory. The chromed grille was not on everyone's taste. The black plastic moldings around the wheel-arches, the 16" wheels and the bumpers were designed for a mix-use on the gravel and on the tarmac.
Inside, there was plenty of room for five adult passengers. The driver had multiple adjustments for the steering-wheel column and seating position. On the base level, there was a small audio system, but the top-spec came with an infotainment unit that comprises a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and DAB Radio.
For the suspension, the 2014 Vitara relied on an independent front suspension and torsion beam suspension incorporating a beam design for the rear. The transmission was a 5-speed manual for the gasoline version and a 6-speed for diesel. A 6-speed automatic transmission was available for the gasoline unit.