The new Suzuki Vitara was updated for this season, so the 2020 YM is not bringing too many important changes. The vehicle is currently in its fifth generation and the facelift came as the mid-cycle refresh. The new subcompact crossover SUV is coming after 2023. Meanwhile, the 2020 Suzuki Vitara might cover more markets and achieve better sales.
In the future, we can expect the crossover with an electric engine and autonomous drive. This is going to be a result of a partnership between Suzuki and Toyota. But, it will happen after 2021. A hybrid model is not so likely for the 2020 Suzuki Vitara, although Toyota could offer some solutions for it.
Cosmetic changes will be minor. Only true fans will recognize them. New trim levels are possible as a part of the update. Interior refresh will include the new infotainment system with the latest versions of entertaining features. Without big changes in the body and under the hood, the price of this model will remain the same. Vitara reaches the peak of its popularity in the UK and the Far East.
2020 Suzuki Vitara Engines
The most impressive drivetrain in the lineup is the latest addition. Suzuki replaced a 1.6-liter petrol unit with a 1.0-liter turbocharged powertrain. The old dog was lazy and slow. The new engine produces more power and torque. The peak is 170 Nm at 2,000 -3,500 rpm, which makes great results in the real-life drive. A 1.6-l unit made its best at 4,000 rpm. So, you will need less time to get the best out of the new drivetrain.
While the first impression about the engine is positive, fans are already complaining about a five-speed transmission box. The automatic case is quick, but it shows some grainy impression. If you choose an all-wheel drive, it will harm acceleration (0-60 mph time), fuel economy (nearly 4 mpg worse), and the price ($1,500 more). There is no surprise why every third buyer chooses the AWD.
Changes inside the vehicle should turn the 2020 Suzuki Vitara into a modern and attractive crossover. The company installed the new color display with dials on the screen. Also, there are armrests with more plastic, which is also present on the dashboard. The overall impression is not so great. The company could do it better on all trims, especially the entry-level, which seems to be cheap compared to its rivals.
At the safety end, the company didn’t invest too much. However, Vitara was one of the safest crossovers on the market. On the other hand, you can’t expect too much from the subcompact model. Owners of the new Vitara praise the comfort, although seats are firmer than before. Enough safety features are coming for the entry-level vehicle, while the upper trims offer some advanced equipment.
2020 Suzuki Vitara Restyling
The company is introducing a few changes outside the crossover. These are not big, but modifications are notable. For example, the 2020 Suzuki Vitara comes with the new grille with vertical bars. Also, the front bumper and its lower part are getting a new look. We can also see changes in taillights, which are now holding LED lights. Of course, new colors and more wheels sets are available for additional purchase. The new 2020 Vitara model could also introduce the new trim levels.
Toyota Purchased Suzuki’s Stocks
The future of Suzuki is green. Toyota, the biggest Japanese automotive company made a purchase of Suzuki’s stocks. For the start, their share is only 5 percent. However, that means a lot of things. First of all, we know the 2020 Suzuki Vitara could get the autonomous drive features. Toyota announced that they are working on Level 4. The difference between levels 3 and 4 is not so big, so the Japanese carmaker will skip the lower tier.
We suppose that cooperation will lead to hybrid drivetrain. We already mentioned it, and this is an obvious thing. The appearance in the US market is not so likely, although Toyota could borrow drivetrains that meet all efficiency regulations. However, the subcompact segment is not so attractive in the United States like in the other parts of the world.
2020 Suzuki Vitara Prices and Competition
Vitara’s highest popularity is in the UK. There, it faces the competition in the Citroen C3 Aircross crossover. The new 2020 Suzuki Vitara will be a bit more expensive with the starting price of 17,000 pounds ($21,000). Upper trim levels are SZ-T and SZ5, which costs 5,000 pounds more. For that money, you will get some advanced infotainment and safety features. Other notable rivals in the market are Honda HR-V and Dacia Duster.