Suzuki Vitara SUV gets subtle facelift and new engines for 2018

Suzuki's Vitara gains Boosterjet power, a design refresh and new customisation options ahead of September launch

The Suzuki Vitara has been updated with subtle design revisions, new engines and new standard safety technology as part of a mild 2019 model year facelift for the Nissan Juke and SsangYong Tivoli rival.

From a design standpoint, changes are slight and subtle. There’s a redesigned front grille with vertical slats, while the lower section of the front bumper is new too. The refreshed face is completed with new headlights boasting a redesigned lighting signature. New alloy wheel designs and new paint colours are now available. 

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The updates inside are even harder to spot. The instrument panel has been redesigned and now incorporates a colour TFT display between the dials, and Suzuki claims that the upper part of the instrument panel is now made of a softer, higher quality plastic.

Under the bonnet, both the 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.4-litre Boosterjet engines are now offered, replacing the outgoing 1.6-litre unit. SZ4 and SZ-T grade cars are equipped with the 1.0-litre 109bhp Boosterjet engine, and ALLGRIP all-wheel-drive is available as an option on the SZ-T car when specced with a manual transmission.

The range topping SZ5 model is equipped with the larger 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine, shared with the latest Swift Sport and developing 138bhp and 220Nm of torque.

The range topper is also equipped with Suzuki’s Dual Sensor Brake Support, lane departure warning and Prevention, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert as standard.

Suzuki says UK prices and specifications will be revealed in full closer to the refreshed car going on sale in September.

Now read how we’re getting on with our long term Suzuki Swift Sport here.

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