Suzuki’s very successful crossover SUV, the compact Vitara will soon showcase its facelifted form probably at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show. The Vitara prototype covered with the camo on the front and rear sections was spotted while testing and Suzuki will obviously introduce some design changes that are common for the mid-cycle update. Interior should also get some improvements in both tech and design aspects. The model could also add smaller and more efficient engine option but more details about the facelifted 2018 Suzuki Vitara should emerge soon.
2018 Suzuki Vitara: Design and Changes
The Suzuki Vitara debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and went on the sale as the 2015 model. Suzuki will offer refreshed 2018 Suzuki Vitara and judging by the spy photos, Japanese carmaker will update front and rear ends of the popular crossover.
The front section of the model is expected to present tweaked radiator grille bracketed by the updated headlights. The bumper area of model’s front will also look slightly different and will come with the reshaped fog lights surrounds.
The profile will likely carry over in the same form but Suzuki will likely offer the new wheel version. The rear will, on the other hand, add the new taillights and rear bumper.
What has Suzuki changed in the cockpit of the new Vitara is still unknown. The changes would likely affect the upholstery and trim details. The model should also get updated instrument cluster and climate controls.
On the other hand, the current infotainment system which currently offers Apple Car Paly and MirrorLink functionalities should upgrade with the Android Auto compatibility as well. Further on the technology front, the new Vitara could bring additional radar-based teach like the adaptive cruise control and emergency braking.
2018 Suzuki Vitara: Powertrain Options
Nothing has been said or leaked about engine options so far. The new 2018 Suzuki Vitara will likely offer the same power lineup with possible updates across the range. The current Vitara has two petrol and one diesel option. Naturally aspirated 1.6-liter petrol unit can produce 118 hp while 1.4-liter turbo unit delivers 138 ponies. The 1.6-liter turbodiesel produces 118 hp and torque of 320 Nm.
However, there is the possibility that Suzuki offers a 1.0-liter Boostjet engine in place of the naturally aspirated petrol in order to provide slightly better fuel economy. This small unit is already the part of the Baleno and Swift hatchbacks.
The lower-spec versions will come with the two-wheel drive. The higher-spec Vitaras will boost performance with the Allgrip all-wheel drive and four driving modes.
2018 Suzuki Vitara: Arrival, Price
Suzuki will likely introduce the redesigned Jimny at the Tokyo Motor show this October. The new 2018 Suzuki Vitara could also be revealed at the same show or later this year. The sales will likely begin in the first half of the next year. The new Vitara is expected to stay close to the current price range.