Suzuki South Africa has introduced a mildly facelifted version of its popular Vitara compact SUV. Here's how much it costs.
With over 1 700 units finding homes in SA, the Suzuki Vitara has proven popular. It is also a former winner of the Compact Family Car category in the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank. The key change for this 2019 Suzuki Vitara will be the introduction of the 103 kW turbocharged 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine, which will arrive later in 2019.
Other changes range from a new face, new alloy wheels and new LED lights at the rear. Inside, there are upgrades ranging from new premium materials used in the upper instrument panel, new upholstery to a new 4.2-inch full-colour LCD information display. The top-spec model gains the Smart Linkage Display Audio system which features smartphone integration, built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. Plus it acts as the reverse camera view.
In terms of features, the Vitara has always been decently equipped. These include electric windows (front only on the GL model), central locking, air conditioner with pollen filter, power steering and foldable rear seats. For the GL+ and GLX spec levels, Suzuki added climate control, cruise control, a multifunction steering, all-round electric windows and chrome detailing. And on the GLX model, designers have distinguished this top spec model with a unique instrument panel trim, keyless access with push-button Start/Stop and an electric tilt and sliding panoramic sunroof flanked by chromed roof rails. There is also a full-size spare wheel. When it comes to safety, the Suzuki Vitara is fair. There are 7 airbags, electronic stability control (ESP) and ABS brakes with emergency brake assistance. With this safety specifications, the Vitara received a full five-star rating in the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP).
Under the bonnet, the 1.6-litre petrol engine is carried over and offers 86 kW and 156 Nm, mated to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. Suzuki has also made available the AllGrip all-wheel-drive system.
Suzuki Vitara Price in South Africa (February 2019)
The refreshed Vitara will be sold with Suzuki’s promotional 200 000 km / 5-year vehicle warranty. It also has a 4-year / 60 000 km service plan and roadside assistance for the duration of the vehicle warranty. Suzuki has not increased the prices, despite the new look and additional features.
Suzuki Vitara GL (manual): R281 900
Suzuki Vitara GL+ (man): R318 900
Suzuki Vitara GL+ (auto): R337 900
Suzuki Vitara GLX (auto): R359 900
Suzuki Vitara GLX AllGrip (man): R374 900