Suzuki is definitely one of the best carmakers when it comes to SUVs and crossovers and Vitara has always been a perfect example. Currently, in the fourth generation, it had the “Grand” in its name just once, in the third generation. That model was a compact crossover, but the next one, four-generation, was downsized and once again offered as a subcompact. However, some sources suggest that we could once again see a bigger iteration of this SUV, as the 2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara.
At this point, it’s mostly about rumors. The officials are still quiet on this matter, but that doesn’t mean we should make some predictions. Of course, it is expected that the 2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara will have a lot of things in common with the current Vitara. We would see a stretched wheelbase, bigger proportion and similar things. Of course, that would provide more space on the inside, while some sources even talk about the possibility to see a three-row version.
In any case, the earliest we could see this SUV would be sometime in the next year.
2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara would have a lot of things in common with the current Vitara. This means it would use the same C platform, which would be stretched on this occasion. Compared to the current subcompact 98.4 inches in wheelbase, the new model would probably go up to 105 inches, which would put it on par with models like RAV4, Mazda CX-5 etc.
Still, we don’t believe that this stretching would affect the overall design too much. Most of the mechanics would remain the same, though some believe a couple of suspension tweaks could happen. Still, keep in mind that the current model already offers great driving characteristics. It is comfortable, but also surprisingly fun to drive.
In terms of the styling, things like the stretched wheelbase would definitely make a difference. Also, we presume that the rear overhang could also be longer, which all indicates that the 2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara could receive a little bit of that wagon-like appearance, typical for compact crossovers.
However, we are pretty sure that the front end would be the same as in the standard Vitara. It features a nice combination of angular headlights with a bold grill that has been updated two years ago and now features nice vertical chrome bars. Naturally, we expect to see a couple of exclusive styling details as well. We could see slightly different bumpers, as well as unique wheels design. Eventually, it’s always possible to see some exclusive color options in the offer, maybe even some new visual packages.
When it comes to the dashboard design, we definitely don’t expect changes. Unlike most rivals that tend to look as much as car-like, Vitara has always been rather practical than stylish. Therefore, you won’t find any nice materials on the inside, but rather just hard plastics. However, this plastic is durable and promises years of exploitation. Also, you may count on a pretty decent list of standard and available equipment, which includes a decent infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and similar tech goodies.
The biggest change will come in terms of space. Due to the much longer wheelbase, we have no doubt that the second row will offer far more space, which will make it adult-friendly. The front seats will probably remain the same, which means that you may count on enough space, good driving position and excellent visibility. Naturally, we also count on more cargo space compared to the standard Vitara, which offers around 375 liters.
2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara Engines
The standard Vitara comes with three powertrain options in the offer. Standard models use 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit and we don’t expect to see that unit in the offer. Instead, the base engine should be a 1.4-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 140 horsepower. It comes in pair with a 6-speed manual transmission, though an automatic gearbox is available too. This setup works great and driving dynamics are surprisingly good.
Finally, there is a hybrid option, with the same engine, which gets help from an electric motor. The gasoline engine is slightly detuned so the max output once again goes around 140 horsepower. Performances are similar, though there is slightly more power in low-range RPMs. Also, fuel economy is slightly better.
Finally, we won’t exclude the possibility to see an additional powertrain option in the offer, with more horsepower.
2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara Release Date and Price
The 2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara is just a rumor at this point. However, many believe that this SUV could happen already in the next year. We presume that the starting price would go around 22/23.000 dollars, which is still more affordable compared to most compact crossovers, including models like Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V etc.