The Vitara is one of the more affordable yet stylish crossovers in the market today. With prices starting under P1 million, it offers good value for money—as do the other vehicles in Suzuki’s Philippine lineup.
And although Suzuki’s sales are driven mainly by models like the Ertiga, the Swift, and the Celerio, the Japanese carmaker has not neglected the Vitara, giving it some updates to help it compete with newer contenders in the segment.
“The new Vitara will surely appeal to car enthusiasts looking for an improved version of the classic Suzuki vehicle,” says Keiichi Suzuki, the local subsidiary’s director and general manager for automobiles. “It is our pleasure to bring another modified Suzuki vehicle to the Philippines. The new Vitara will certainly deliver an exceptional driving experience to Filipinos—the Suzuki way.”
Suzuki has made no changes under the hood of the Vitara, so the crossover still packs the same 1.6-liter in-line-four that produces 115hp and 156Nm of torque. What has been changed is the front fascia, which now wears a bolder-looking chrome grille that features multiple vertical bars. The plastic bits on the front bumper have been given a deeper black color, while the foglamp housings and the rear combination lamp have also been redesigned.
On the inside, the new Vitara is highlighted by new geometric-pattern seat upholstery, a 10.2-inch multimedia head unit on the top-spec GLX variant, and an updated instrument cluster with a new 4.2-inch multi-information display. Overall, the interior maintains a premium and stylish vibe.
Note that the updates only apply to the model’s GL+ and GLX variants, still priced at P1,038,000 and P1,158,00, respectively. Do you like the changes Suzuki has given the Vitara? Tell us what you think in the comments.