Suzuki has been working on a mid-life update for its flagship Vitara SUV for quite some time. A first set of images showing the updated model in all its glory has surfaced in Australia.
Not to be confused with the Vitara Brezza – Maruti's sub-four-metre compact SUV for our market – the Vitara is a near 4.2m SUV that’s part of Suzuki’s international line-up.
Likely to be called the Vitara Series II, the refreshed SUV gets a new front grille and minor tweaks to the bumper along with a new lower air intake design that will also include a radar sensor in order to facilitate autonomous emergency braking. It also gets additional faux brushed-aluminum bits on the front bumper near the daytime running light housing. The images show that the SUV gets a new alloy wheel design as well.
On the inside, Suzuki is expected to equip the Vitara Series II with new upholstery and an updated infotainment system as part of this mid-cycle update.
The pre-facelift Vitara SUV was spied testing in India some time ago. The model spotted on Indian roads was equipped with a 118hp, 1.6-litre diesel motor mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. There is no confirmation on whether the Vitara SUV will make it to India. If launched, this model could be a strong rival to the popular Hyundai Creta SUV in our domestic market.
Maruti Suzuki did sell the previous-gen Vitara as the Grand Vitara in India, and had the seven-seat Vitara XL7 on sale years ago. However, both models met with limited success owing to their premium pricing and a market position that was at odds with the rest of Maruti’s line-up.
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