New Vitara prices match equivalent S Cross variant

New Vitara prices match equivalent S Cross variant

Suzuki New Zealand has the Mazda CX3 firmly in its gunsights as the main competitor for the new Vitara, in a market that is moving to small SUV in droves.

The company has also taken the unusual step of pricing the new Vitara at the same prices as the equivalent specification models of its S Cross SX4 crossover.

It also says it expects the Vitara will become it’s second biggest selling vehicle behind the Swift in the next twelve months.

A diesel model is not in the pipeline as this version is not available to the New Zealand market says Suzuki New Zealand managing director Tom Peck.

But Peck says the new model will be largely attractive to a female skew, and more than likely will also cannibalise some Swift sales.

Five versions of the new generation Vitara are available with the choice of two and four wheel drive, two specification levels and the option of manual or automatic transmissions.

Although based on the platform of the Suzuki S-Cross, it offers a 185 mm ground clearance and a 18.2 degree approach and 28.2 degree departure angles for travel when the going gets rough.

The clamshell bonnet, a hallmark of previous Vitara models, is retained. Kicked-up bodyside lines and side bonnet garnishes are first generation Vitara styling cues.

The new models also offer contrasting colour roof paint finishes, body colour-matched dashboard finishes and accessory kits for the first time in a Suzuki model. There are a range of exterior body accessories for the new Vitara, and Suzuki expects these to be very popular with new buyers.

Underneath the clamshell bonnet is a 1.6-litre engine that develops 86 kW at 6,000 rpm and 156 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.

The entry-level JLX two wheel drive carries a recommended retail price of $27,990 and has a five-speed manual transmission.

The other four Vitara models are all equipped with a new six speed automatic transmission rather than a CVT.

Suzuki says its four-mode ALLGRIP drive system provides safety for all types of road conditions.

In the auto setting ALLGRIP defaults to front wheel drive, distributing power to the rear axle only when it detects wheelspin.

The circular control on the transmission tunnel also allows selection of the lock mode which is ideal for extricating the car from snow, mud or sand, incorporating a limited slip differential to reduce any slipping wheels and transfer torque to the gripping wheels.

All Vitaras come with 17-inch diameter, spoked design aluminium alloy wheels, finished in grey on JLX and polished on Limited.

A 5-Star Euro NCAP rating has been awarded to the new Vitara with its TECT high tensile steel body design, seven airbags and a suite of electronic systems.

Models equipped with auto transmission have hill-hold function, while ALLGRIP JLX and Limited include hill descent mechanisms.

All Vitaras come as standard with electric power assistance for the steering, cruise control and speed limiter, electric windows front and rear, and an intuitive seven-inch touchscreen display with voice actuated audio navigation system, smartphone connectivity, hands-free connectivity and reversing camera.

The specification includes electrically adjustable door mirrors and an on-board computer incorporating outside air temperature, digital clock, gear lever indicator, instant and average fuel consumption readout and an ALLGRIP indicator (on 4WD models). Extra cabin lighting in the front footwells, centre lower stowage box and vanity mirrors is also standard equipment.

The retro-like analogue clock at the top centre of the facia is fitted to all Vitaras and there are six drink holders. A leather bound, multi-function steering wheel has adjacent controls for the audio system, cruise control, and phone calls. There are 12-volt accessory sockets front and rear, wheel arch and under body protection mouldings and protective skid plates front and rear.

Fog lamps and LED daylight running lights, silver roof rails, and privacy glass on rear side and back windows are standard on both JLX and Limited.

In Limited trim, the Vitara adds an electrically operated panoramic glass sunroof, keyless entry with push button start, a six speaker audio system (replacing a four speaker system in JLX), and electrically folding door mirrors with integrated turn signals.

All Limited models also feature carbon panel detailing, suede effect seating upholstery, overhead console box, chrome accent grille, parking proximity sensors front and rear and automatic rain sensing wipers.

The Limited has automatic headlight levelling that works in conjunction with the automatic lights. In addition, this top spec model boasts LED projectors for low beam and halogen multi-reflectors for high beam head lighting.

Four body colours are available for JLX, and there are six colour options for Limited, including the choice of Turquoise Blue metallic or Savannah Ivory pearl with Cosmic Black Pearl roof, and Horizon Orange metallic with Superior White roof.

In two wheel drive JLX specification, the manual retails for $27,990, or $29,990 with the automatic option. The four wheel drive JLX AWD ALLGRIP auto is $32,990, and the two wheel drive Limited auto is also $32,990 or $33,790 when specified with the two-colour body finish.

Topping the range is the four wheel drive Limited AWD ALLGRIP ($35,990) which can be specified with the contrasting roof colour ($36,790).

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