Expected to make global debut later this year, new gen Suzuki Vitara SUV could be produced at company plant in Gujarat
The Vitara happens to be one of the best selling SUVs from Suzuki globally. It is one of those few products from Suzuki which haven’t made it to India, yet. However, since the launch of the Creta in 2015, there have been numerous reports on multiple incidences which have suggested that Maruti might bring in the Vitara to India, although it hasn’t happened, at least till now.
International auto website, ‘Best Car’ has reported that Suzuki plans to launch the next-gen Vitara to Japan around October 2020. Speculation back at home suggests that it could be a competent competitor to the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta, which have been the two best selling compact SUVs in the country since its launch.
2021 Suzuki Vitara will most likely be around 4,250 mm in length, 1,620mm in height and 1,780mm in width. The model which is currently on sale happens to be 4,175 mm long, 1,610mm tall and 1,775mm wide. Wheelbase will most probably be around 2,500mm, similar to the wheelbase of the outgoing model.
Under the hood, the 2020 Vitara is expected to feature a completely revised platform. There are high chances that Suzuki will use the K14D Booster Jet motor. The 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol motor can dish out 129 PS & 235 Nm of peak torque. If customers choose the SUV with the mild-hybrid system, they get some additional power at their command (142.6 PS & 245Nm of torque). These power figures are pretty impressive and would make the Vitara one of the most powerful car in its segment.
As far as looks are concerned, we believe that Suzuki would like to make this Vitara a lot more sportier than the previous gen version. In all likelihood, it would get modified headlamps, an updated radiator grille, flared wheel arches and all new bumpers. Overall profile and silhouette will mostly be similar to the current model. Interiors too may get an update as Suzuki would want to ensure that its product remains relevant in the market.
While it is too early to get clarity if the Vitara will come to India or not, we do believe that it could be a solid competitor to the Seltos and Creta, two products which have been leading the charts since the last few years. If it gets launched, Maruti would want to keep its pricing between the INR 10-15 lakh mark and might bring it via its NEXA channel.
Interestingly, it could be the third product in India with the Vitara tag. Earlier, Suzuki had tried to bring in the Grand Vitara in the country but the product never clicked. The second Vitara happens to be the best-selling compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza.