Suzuki Philippines has been on a roll, with its attractively-designed compact vehicles finding an eager audience. Philippine customers starved for practical and personal mobility are giving the Japanese brand’s cars a second and third look as possible additions to their garage.
Suzuki has launched a timely update to its subcompact Vitara SUV. Dubbed the Vitara AllGrip, the new SUV refreshes the styling and adds more features to the popular model. AllGrip denotes Suzuki’s new four-wheel drive system that allows for greater traction in various road and off-road scenarios. Its interior also gets upgraded interface and entertainment systems, as well as improved safety features.
The Vitara’s cheerful face gets twinklier eyes, thanks to the new LED headlamps and daytime running lights, and the vertical chrome grille has also been updated. The trademark clamshell bonnet is still in place. A pronounced character line along its flanks highlights the flared rear fenders. Vitara AllGrip also gets front an drear skid plates, front lower bumper garnish, chrome and black side accents, and improved roof spoiler. Vitara AllGrip rides on 17-inch polished alloy wheels.
Inside, the Vitara greets the driver with an ergonomic panel layout. Traditional dual round analog gauges are complemented with digital information readout. A 10-inch infotainment system is front and center, capable of easy smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The display can also show vehicle position with pitch and roll angle indicators. Above this is an analog clock—a nice touch, flanked by round air vents. Automatic wipers and lights, self-dimming rear view mirror, rear camera and parking sensors, as well as keyless push-start button, are all on board the Vitara AllGrip. The seats get a neat new geometric fabric pattern. A panoramic moonroof opens up if you want a view of the sky, the moon or the stars.
Despite its compact footprint, the Vitara has a 375-liter luggage space. It’s big enough to store a golf bag even with all seats up. The rear seats can be folded if more cargo space is needed.
Powering the Vitara AllGrip is a 1.6-liter gasoline engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic. The transmission can be shifted to manual mode, and there are paddle shifters if instant down- or upshifts are needed. The AllGrip four-wheel drive system allows the driver to easily select among four modes depending on road conditions. Auto is for best fuel economy, switching to four-wheel drive during slippery conditions. Sport channels more torque to the rear wheels for more responsive handling. Snow mode can be used on slippery surfaces. For mud or sand crawling, the Lock mode sends more torque to the rear, and engages the car’s stability control to help extricate the Vitara from loose surfaces.
Vitara AllGrip has stability control, hill descent and hill hold control, and brake assist system. On board are six airbags and pedestrian protection integrated into the front structure.
The new Vitara AllGirp comes in two-tone – Prime Solar Yellow with Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic and Solid Bright Red with Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic; and in mono-tone – Galactic Gray Metallic and Cool White Pearl. Price is P1,458,000 for the mono- tone variant and P1,468,000 for the two-tone variant.
“Ever since the new look of Vitara was launched in the Philippine market, we have seen enormous support for the model. One of the iconic models of the brand, this newest 4×4 vehicle provides individuality, stylish looks and added confidence on the road. This car will definitely encourage people to drive and bring more fun into their lives,” says Suzuki Philippines Vice President and General Manager for Automobile Division, Mr. Keiichi Suzuki.