Suzuki PH debuts youthful-looking 2018 Vitara subcompact crossover

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November 11, 2017

Launched nearly 3 decades ago, the Suzuki Vitara, with its bold and brash design, has developed a solid fan base among off-roading enthusiasts. But times have changed, and it, too, has to go with the flow. The result is this; the sleek and youthful all-new 2018 Vitara, which Suzuki Philippines (SPH) recently launched.

In a snap, the Vitara presents an aura that’s modern, yet retains the spirit of that masculine design its lineage is well-known known for.

Up front, it’s fitted with a stylish clamshell hood that’s complimented with a pair of sharply-styled headlights. Currently available in GL+ and GLX variants, the latter gets the LED headlight and daytime running light treatment as it’s the range-topping version. Between the headlights sits a muscular grille that compliments a rather beefy-looking bumper.

 

In profile, its shape didn’t depart too much from the immediate model it replaces, but a fine-tuning in some of the edges is evident, nonetheless. Glance below though, and one can see a set of polished alloy wheels available in 16- and 17-inch sizes for the GL+ and GLX, respectively.

The rear end, on the other hand, is highlighted by the absence of the spare tire cover. This allowed Suzuki to strap in a new set of tail lights and a hatch that swings up for easier cargo loading, especially on rainy days or tight parking spaces.

Inside, the modern theme continues with ergonomically-placed buttons and switches. Occupants can enjoy its 5 leather-suede wrapped seats (the GL+ offers the fabric kind). The GLX trim even has a panoramic sunroof to show off more of the surroundings from above or provide extra interior lighting.

It also features an easy-read instrument panel and a set of round air-condition vents. At the center dash resides a huge 10-inch infotainment screen with Android interface that’s hooked-up to 6 speakers. The GL+ variant, meanwhile, gets the 7-inch version with WINCE interface and 4 speakers. Both variants, however, come standard with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, but the GLX offers wifi.

For safety, the Vitara offers such features as dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), 2 ISOFIX child seat anchors, and child-safe rear door locks. More advanced features include electronic stability program (ESP) for responsive handling under loss of traction and Hill-Hold assist for safer hill climbs.

Powering the Vitara is a gasoline-fed 1.6L inline 4-cylinder mill that sends 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque to the front wheels via 6-speed auto. Fans of the “ye olde” Vitaras will miss the 4x4 version, though as SPH isn’t including that on the local spec model... for now, at least.

In keeping with the modern theme, the all-new Suzuki Vitara is offered with a pallet of colors. This includes Atlantis Turquoise Pear Metallic, Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic, Galactic Grey Metallic, Silky Silver Metallic, and Cool White Pearl. To those keen on choosing the GLX trim, 2-tone paint options are also available for that premium look (the one shown on this article sports the Atlantis Turquoise Pearl 2-Tone with blacked out roof, pillars, and side mirrors)

Of note, SPH stickers the GL+ with an SRP of P938,000. The GLX, on the other hand, comes in at P1,048,000. There will also be an available GL variant soon with specs and pricing still under wraps.

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Randolph de Leon
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