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Suzuki Vitara (Fourth gen Vitara)

Fourth gen Vitara

Make: Suzuki

Model: Vitara

Released: Jan 1970

Suzuki logo1 Sep 2015

By ROBBIE WALLIS

Suzuki resurrected its Vitara nameplate for its all-new compact SUV in late 2015, sharing some of its underpinnings with the S-Cross.

Hoping to cash in on the compact-SUV boom, Suzuki priced the Vitara sharply and had bold sales targets for the reborn crossover.

Two variants were offered from launch – the two-wheel drive RT-S and four-wheel drive RT-X. A 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol unit producing 88kW at 6000rpm and 156Nm at 4400rpm powered both variants.

In 2WD manual guise, the Vitara consumed 5.8L/100km, rising to 6.0L when matched with the auto, while the 4x4 RT-X sipped 6.3L/100km.

The RT-S featured a multimedia system with sat-nav and reversing camera via a 7.0-inch touchscreen, seven airbags, cruise control, digital climate control, Bluetooth, i-Pod and USB connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, power windows, daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy-wheels as standard.

The RT-X added four-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control, keyless entry and start, a panoramic sunroof, polished 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, auto-leveling automatic headlights, automatic wipers, electric folding mirrors, leather seats with suede inserts, and a sunglasses holder.

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