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2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review, Australia

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2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara review

This crossover has always been a vehicle for a special sort of people. It isn’t the prettiest model in the class, neither the best-equipped, not most practical. However, it has something that many appreciate. That is mostly the company’s ability to keep things simple, without sacrificing modern technologies and design solutions. The 2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara comes even better.

The origins of this crossover date from 30 years ago. The first generation was introduced in 1988. Since then, we have seen four generations of it. The current one is on the market since 2015 and the company has already prepared an update for it. This sounds a little bit surprising, considering that this model was in the past characterized by a pretty long production cycle.
Anyway, the list of novelties is pretty long. This is not just an ordinary facelift. Besides exterior changes, the 2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara comes with novelties on the inside, as well as with two completely new engines. Considering all the novelties, it seems clear that Suzuki put a huge effort in order to make this crossover best-possible.

2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara

2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara Changes

As we already mentioned, changes are numerous. However, the 2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara keeps its base design characteristics pretty much unchanged. Times when Vitara was a capable off-roader are a distant past. These days, we are talking about a modern crossover which competes with other models that compete in the class of sub-compact SUVs.

Novelties for the 2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara are very interesting. The most obvious are definitely those in terms of the styling. Of course, the front end suffered most. You can easily notice that the new model feature a more massive grille with a new pattern, as well as a new front bumper, which is a little bit sharper and also looks more upscale. On the other end, you can notice a new pair of taillights, as well as a couple of minor tweaks to the rear bumper and tailgate area.
From the side, you definitely won’t notice any difference. There is a familiar shape, though the new model is now available in two more color options. All in all, this aspect of the update was done pretty nicely.

2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara rear view

2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara Interior

Changes on the inside are surprisingly intense. The first thing you’ll notice is that the dashboard looks almost completely new, in some way. The secret is in materials. Although the dash shape remains familiar, the 2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara features finer materials and more attractive color combination.

We can easily make a conclusion that Suzuki is aiming a wider range of potential customers. In the past, this SUV didn’t feature too attractive cabin. Moreover, many experts criticized its interior look, due to cheap materials and lack of style. Things are much different now and the new Vitara can definitely compete even with class leaders in this aspect. Also, there are some new tech features as well. One of the most interesting is a new 4.2-inch digital screen on the cluster, which shows all the necessary information.

2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara interior

Another important aspect of this update is safety. The 2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara comes with a fine amount of new systems. Some of the highlights are systems like traffic sign recognition and blind spot monitoring, as well as lane departure warning and prevention, a system that automatically steers back into the line.

2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara Engines

Probably the biggest change of this update is in terms of powertrain. The 2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara comes with completely new things under the hood. The famous 1.6-liter gasoline engine has been dropped finally. Although it features amazing characteristics, especially in terms of reliability, this engine belongs to another era and definitely can’t compete with modern, more efficient turbo engines. This engine has been replaced with two new units, which premiered came in the new S-Cross.

Base models will now feature a new 1.0-liter turbo engine which delivers around 110 horsepower. Seems like a decent amount of power for a vehicle of this size and weights. If you are for something more powerful, there is a new 1.4-liter turbo engine, which is good for about 140 horsepower. When it comes to the transmission, base models with the 1.0-liter engine will feature 5-speed, while the bigger and more powerful 1.4-liter engine will be paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara engine

2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara Release Date and Price

On most markets, the new 2019 Suzuki Grand Vitara is already available for a couple of months. The price is quite affordable. It goes around 20.000 Euros or 17.000 British Pounds. Transferred to USD, this would be around 21/22.000 dollars.

Competition in the segment is very strong, Some of the biggest rivals are models like Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. Of course, there are much more competitors in the segment. Some of them are models like Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Toyota C-HR, Nissan Juke, Dacia Duster and many more.

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