Suzuki gives its classic Grand Vitara a refresh

2013 Suzuki Grand VitaraSuzuki

Next year sees Suzuki celebrating 25 years of its Vitara off-roader, and in preparation the firm has treated the current Grand Vitara to a light make-over.

The biggest change to the SUV is at the front where the car receives a re-styled bumper and grille with a more angular design and the foglamp styling has been revised.
Additional changes include inner headlight black accents on five-door SZ5 models, and new design 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels.

According to Suzuki, customer demand has led to the firm adding a "temporary use" 16-inch spare wheel with 225/70 tyre as standard. But it isn't located under the boot floor – instead Suzuki has resorted to the old-fashioned way of mounting the spare on the rear door.

Inside, SZ3 (three-door) and SZ4 (three-door and five-door) models are finished with new design seat trims while SZ5 five-door models are now equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen colour navigation system. It's a Garmin unit and includes comprehensive European mapping with downloadable updates and content.

The navigation system forms part of the infotainment centre with CD player, radio, SD card reader, media player connected via the USB port, as well as via Bluetooth music streaming and phone connectivity.

Under the bonnet, 1.9 DDiS models have had the emissions control system revised, resulting in a CO2 decrease from 179g/km to 174g/km, and combined fuel economy has risen to 42.8mpg from 41.5mpg.

Suzuki says with the launch of the first Vitara 24 years ago, they were the first car firm to create the compact SUV segment and tapped "into a new market for vehicles that combine true off-road capability with responsive, fun-to-drive on-road ability".

The 2013 range starts at £15,995 for the SZ3 1.6-litre three-door, and is available now.
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