The Grand Vitara is a compact sport utility and off-road vehicle produced by Suzuki. It was originally launched in 1988 and it was known under several different names like Escudo, Sidekick or simply Vitara. So far we have seen three generations of it, but fourth-generation model is already on its way and it is expected to come by the end of year. The concept of this SUV, called IV-4, was introduced at Auto Show in Frankfurt in 2013. New model will come as 2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara and it will feature plenty of changes and improvements in all aspects.
2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara design
Development of this new SUV is in final phase. The testing model has been caught by the photographers. Although it is still camouflaged, we can presume some of the characteristics of 2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara. New model will get new, lightweight platform. According to the company’s spokesman, it will be the lightest model in class. Besides that, company also claims that it will have the lowest CO2 emissions and also best fuel economy. When it is about look, it is still hard to tell how exactly new model will look like, because of its camouflage. However, it is expected that 2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara will borrow most of design solutions from IV-4 Concept. It will also feature some of typical brand’s design solutions such as clam-shell hood, a 5-slotted grille etc. When it is about interior, exact details are still unknown, but we expect to see styling similar to IV-4’s, with some minor modifications, and full of latest-technology features.
2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara under the hood
The exact information about engines for 2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara is still unknown. However, it is expected that base model will use company’s new 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine, which outputs 120 hp and 115 lb-ft of max torque. There will be also a 1.6 diesel engine in offer, which has same power but much better max torque (236 lb-ft). It is also expected that 2016 Grand Vitara will come with two more petrol engines. The first one is 2.0 liter, with over 150 horsepower, while other will probably be a V6 variant with more than 220 horses. All engines will be available with either manual or automatic transmission.
2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara release date, price and competition
It is expected that 2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara will come by the end of year. Price will probably go in a range between 20.000 and 26.000 dollars. Main rivals will be models like Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Renault Captur etc.