There has been a lot of talk about the Vitara redesign in the past few years. It was expected that the 2023 Suzuki Vitara would receive a full overhaul but the latest reports suggest a different scenario. According to them, the next year’s model will continue in the same way, with familiar design characteristics and features.
The previous generations were all characterized by very long production cycles, so this delay isn’t very surprising. The current model has been around since 2015 and it was updated a few years ago, so it is still fresh enough to compete in the subcompact crossover segment.
You may count on a small SUV that has a lot of great things to offer. We like its peppy turbo-four engine, as well as the excellent all-wheel-drive system. Furthermore, the vehicle is light and fun to drive, while the price is pretty attractive. On the other hand, the interior quality isn’t spectacular, while the cargo area would use more space.
We expect to see the 2023 Suzuki Vitara sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Suzuki Vitara Design
Design-wise, not many things have changed since the 2015 launch. Of course, we saw some updates on the 2018 model, but the overall layout remained the same. Unlike the previous generation, which was a pretty capable SUV, the current model is rather a crossover. While the previous Grand Vitara was bigger and characterized by a more serious mechanical setup, which included a longitudinally-mounted engine, independent rear suspension, locking differential, a two-speed transfer case and similar things, the current model is rather simplified. It misses most of these features, though the company’s well-known All-Grip all-wheel-drive system is still here, with various traction modes.
Visually, there is nothing to complain about. The car looks very attractive, especially with two-tone color options. It is small and well designed in terms of the overall shape, which isn’t always the case with subcompact crossovers. Despite the torsion beam on the rear end, the ride quality is actually pretty good.
On the inside, things are both good and bad. When it comes to bad things, many complain about Vitara’s interior quality. There is a big portion of low-rent materials, while the build quality isn’t spectacular either. Moreover, the dashboard looks a little bit old, while the sound insulation isn’t great at all.
On the other hand, we really like the simplicity of this model. The dashboard is rather simple but offers excellent ergonomics. With this crossover, everything is super-easy to use. The driving position is great, both in terms of ergonomics and outward visibility. The seats offer decent comfort, even for taller passengers. Despite the small size, the second row also accommodates two adults pretty easily. The cargo area offers around 350 liters of space, which is about average for the segment.
2023 Suzuki Vitara Engines
In most markets, the 2023 Suzuki Vitara will continue with two familiar powertrain options. The first one is a pretty capable 1.4-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 127 horsepower and comes in pair with a 13-hp electric motor. This mild-hybrid setup works great and provides a high level of refinement, along with surprisingly good driving dynamics. The engine can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, but we strongly recommend the manual gearbox. In both cases, you can also opt for the company’s legendary All-Grip all-wheel-drive system, which works great. Base models, on the other hand, come with front-wheel drive.
Last year, the company also introduced a hybrid powertrain. That system uses a rather interesting setup, which is based on a good-old 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four, which puts out around 100 horsepower. This is a classic hybrid setup, so it’s no wonder that the engine comes paired with a decently-powered 33-hp electric motor. The combined output is 115 horsepower and it is sent to either front or all wheels via a 6-speed automated transmission with paddle shifters. The transmission is the weakest link in this system and the main reason why acceleration is very slow. While models with the turbo-four need less than 10 seconds to hit 100 km/h, this version needs nearly 13.
2023 Suzuki Vitara Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 Suzuki Vitara sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around €20.500 in Europe and £22.000 in the UK. Potential rivals are models like Mazda CX-3, Seat Arona, Dacia Duster, Subaru Crosstrek etc.