Another redesign and new infotainment system, together with somewhat improved safety features for the small SUV, were unveiled by Suzuki for the Vitara in the European market. The hybrid and mildly hybrid powertrain options are carried over from the outgoing model, so there are no mechanical modifications this time around.

Since its introduction in 2014, the Suzuki Vitara, also known as the third-generation Escudo in Japan, has undergone ten generations of development. The model saw its first redesign in 2018, then mild hybrid technology was added in 2020, and a full hybrid drivetrain option was added in 2022. The exterior has been updated for 2024, and the in-cabin technology has been improved.

Although the 2024 Suzuki Vitara appears recognizable at first glance, there are a few minor visual changes to note. The shorter DRLs on the sides and the removal of the fog lights make the new front bumper appear cleaner. It also has a redesigned grille and a larger center intake that has a bull bar-like black finish surrounding it.

Since 2014, the profile has not changed significantly. A new set of alloy wheels with a “aerodynamically-shaped” design and two new color options—Titan Dark Gray Pearl Metallic and Sphere Blue Pearl paired with a Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic roof—have been introduced by Suzuki designers to the lineup.

A few years ago, the inside began to show its age and gave off the impression that it was from the 1990s. With the addition of a new infotainment system featuring a 9-inch touchscreen display, Suzuki has kept the classic analog instrument cluster. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and includes USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Additionally, it adds smartphone access to specific car operations remotely.

The Vitara previously had a full suite of ADAS systems, as did the majority of Suzuki cars sold in Europe, but the revised model adds new and enhanced features. Specifically, the driver monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist, dual sensor brake support II, and adaptive cruise control have been added to the subcompact SUV.

Electrified Powertrain Carryovers

All powertrain options—including the full- and mildly hybrid versions—remain the same. The 48-Volt system adds 14 horsepower (10 kW / 14 PS) to the 127 horsepower (95 kW / 129 PS) produced by the turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine. This setup is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission that has the ability to power either the front wheels or all four (AllGrip Select 4WD).

The more effective hybrid system with a bigger 140-volt lithium-ion battery is the alternative. The 1.5-liter normally aspirated engine generates 99 horsepower (74 kW / 101 PS), with an additional 33 horsepower (24.6 kW / 33.4 PS) coming from the single electric motor. All 115 horsepower (85 kW / 116 PS) of combined output are sent to the wheels only through a six-speed automated gearbox.

Early summer will see the 2024 Suzuki Vitara arriving in stores across Europe. The price will be revealed closer to the product’s release.

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