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Vitara updated for 2019

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THE Suzuki Vitara, the firm’s most popular model in the UK, is set for a refresh later this year with the new version of the car featuring a modified appearance, new engine line-up and more equipment as standard.

Suzuki claims that the current generation of the SUV has been a huge success for the Japanese manufacturer since its launch in 2015, and it’s hoping the update will keep the momentum going.

Among the changes is a new engine line-up. The current 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit will be replaced by two new engines — 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre options, both turbocharged.

The former is available on entry-level SZ4 and SZ-T trims and delivers 109 bhp, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Optionally, SZ-T variants can have Suzuki’s Allgrip four-wheel-drive system.

As for range-topping SZ5 models, those will boast the 138 bhp, 1.4-litre unit.

Looks-wise, two new colours are coming — although full details of these have yet to be confirmed. New alloy wheel designs will also be available, while a redesigned front grille and rear bumper will bring a fresh aesthetic to the Vitara.

Inside, soft-touch materials have been introduced while the instrument cluster boasts a new design along with a full-colour information display.

Suzuki also claims the new Vitara will be the most technologically advanced car it has made to date, with SZ5 models gaining lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and blind spot monitoring for no extra cost.

There’s no word yet on either pricing or expected delivery dates for the 2019 Suzuki Vitara, but expect to hear more news soon.

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