All of us probably thought that we would never be able to lay our eyes on a new 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara model, but lo and behold the vehicle has been spotted. The camouflaged version of the new Suzuki product is currently doing rounds and there are emerging evidence to support the claim of this vehicle’s existence. Even though the camo covers a bigger portion of the car it is thanks to our expert reviewers that we were able to discern what was happening underneath and also base it upon some leaked info.
The story back in 2013 was that the Suzuki’s Grand Vitara was supposed to be replaced with a IV-4 model which was showcased at the Frankfurt show back then. It was supposed to be a new crossover car which Suzuki was maybe planning as their flagship model for the future. But as things happened the model did not meet the end that was predicted for it and it was maybe the reason behind why an already established product is being brought back. So the Suzuki Grand Vitara is not discontinued, although nobody said it official, it is currently under development and is getting ready for its release date.
The model is actually pretty good looking once you take a long, good look at it. The 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara adds elements from the previous vehicles but it is evident that they are going for a new design language that was spawned with the recent models that have come out in recent years. Since the Grand Vitara is being developed at the same time as the announced SX4 vehicle, we are probably going to get some similarities there.
Also known facts about the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara is that the car comes with a FWD as standard, but will add the ALLGRIP four-wheel-drive system, which Suzuki developed for its latest models. Additionally, this vehicle is going to be the lightest Grand Vitara ever produced as the designers are focusing on reducing the fuel consumption and also making lesser CO2 emissions for this car. All in all, they are not kidding around with this model and we are probably getting a very interesting offer that we cannot wait to see.
Read all about the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara in our review here.
When is the Release Date of the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara Set for?
We are still in the early stages of development for the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara so the news about the release date is still not in. But as things go, there are certain speculations and estimations which we can report. Judging on the way they are designing this car it will take them about a year or so to finish it, thus a release in 2018 might not be impossible. We are expecting to see the car until the end of 2018.
Another thing is that Suzuki has not offered any of their products for the US market so far. Well, things are not going to be so much different this time around. The 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara will be released in Japan and will also see the light in some of the other Asian markets and Australia as well. Buyers in America might be disappointed but the car is not going to be featured there for now.
News About the Price
For now, we can say that the price of the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara is going to be comparable to some other crossover models which the Japanese automakers has brought. The price is not going to be an over the top one and we estimate it going somewhere up to 30,000 dollars as a base price. The price is of course adapted from its mother market and the other featured selling points. We might also get some additional packages and amenities as well, so optional equipment might raise the price a bit.
What About the Exterior Look of the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara
The outer part of the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara is wearing some pretty heavy camo. But it does not stop us from estimating and really finding out what the car will look like. It is very much noticeable that the model is going to have the design that the recent Suzuki Models are using. It will also be combined with the elements seen in the IV-4 prototype and carry some modernistic cues which will adapt it for the newer market.
One of the problems with the previous models is that they lack the equipment and the exterior amenities that some fans were expecting. Well they were aiming at a more affordable package with the past Grand Vitara cars so it was natural that the equipment offer was sparing. This will probably be done as well, but maybe they decide to add the additional amenities through the offered packages. It will make the car more exciting this way.
We are actually expecting more things to pop up as far as the exterior goes. For now we can say that the style is far more exciting and that this might be the most exuberant Grand Vitara model that was produced. More details will be announced as soon as layers of the camo start peeling off and we will surely report it.
Possible Interior Look
The same things goes for the inside of the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara. It is very much unclear how the vehicle is going to look on the inside, but if we are going to base it on the previous model and the new crossover models coming from Suzuki, we are probably looking at a similar offer. It will have a kind of a design similar to the new SX4 and will that way save on production costs.
The back seat area will probably boast a lot of spacing and these seats are going to be positioned a bit higher compared to the front ones. It is clearly seen from the waistline of the car where the seats go. This gives the passengers in the back a commanding view of the road and the surrounding while driving. This would also make the legroom plentiful but we assume that it would at the same time shorten the headroom spacing, particularly for the people in the back. But the comfort will probably be addressed with the addition of new and comfortable materials for the seats. The previous model offered 398 liters of space in the trunk, which will probably remain the same for the 2018 model as well. The Grand Vitara does not boast with class leading trunk spacing but does come with more than other SUVs in the market have.
As for the driver part we can expect to get more improvements. The previous car was really basic when you look at it. It offered a usable dash and steering wheel but there were not a lot of things to go with it. It is actually a tradition for the Suzuki models to keep the Grand Vitara bare like this and to strip it down from added luxury. But that is why we have the affordable price. If they do decide to upgrade and include more equipment on the inside it will affect the price more. So we have to wait and see what they might decide to do with the amenities. But current gadgets will get an upgrade compared to what we had before.
Engine and Performance of the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara
The news about the engine of the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara is still not officially confirmed. But as things appear this version will carry the latest engine that Suzuki models have been offering. Under the hood would probably be the 2.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine which is a strong option compared to what all the competing vehicles have. The other SUVs in the segment do have appropriate offers but this one is very much powerful compared to them. It will give a significant edge to the Grand Vitara especially as all the models have a similar weight and it will additionally affect performance. The expected output is probably going to be 122kW, which is reached at 6000rpm, and also 225Nm of torque reached at a peak of 4000rpm.
But there is also the down side of a more powerful engine. Although the one mentioned is a stronger option compared to what the other ones are brining, it is at the same time a coarse engine which makes a lot of noise and is probably not as appropriate for city roads. This would be a down side for some of the buyers and it might put off many people from buying the car. But for the ones who do not mind it and wish to have a more powerful machine the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara is a perfect choice.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
If the given engine gets to be chosen for the upcoming 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara, it will probably mean that the stats are going to differ compared to what the competition brings and what the car was capable of doing before. Namely, the vehicle is expected to speed up to 0-60 mph 8.4 seconds and also attain a top speed of 126 mph. We are also taking into account the fact that this model is supposed to be the lightest Grand Vitara model made and it will significantly help with the movement and the drivability of the car.
Lower Weigh also Means Better Fuel Economy for the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Since the new 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara is aimed at being the lightest model ever made, it will significantly affect the fuel consumption of the vehicle. This is going to put it in front of the competition and make it a more desirable car. Other SUVs in the segment cannot really boast with having exceptional fuel economy and at best they could be called mediocre. But with the improvements that the Grand Vitara production team is prepared to do we can probably see one of the best models in terms of fuel ratings. The car that came before this one was rated by the EPA with having a 17 mpg consumption rating in the city and a 23 mpg rate on the highway. They aim to improve the specs a lot more and we can expect them to release the new findings quite soon.
Size and Dimensions of the Vehicle
Generally speaking, the size of the newest 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara is unknown officially. But as some reports say it will probably be close to what the current Suzuki crossover has. This will probably bring the measurements to a length of 4500mm, height 1695mm and width 1810mm. But the weight is probably the biggest mystery here. It was stated that the vehicle is going to be made using lightweight materials and the questions remains how they plan to do it and how much of a weight reduction are we going to get. All of this will be revealed shortly.
How does the Safety Improves for the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara?
Safety will probably be addressed with the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara as it will add more new elements for the forthcoming SUV. Probably the most important part will be the addition of advanced technology. So we can already expect to get a standard set of airbags and seatbelts. But what we are excited to hear is the stability control feature which the car is going to gain. This is going to help enthusiastic drivers to gain better controls of their cars at greater speeds. The Grand Vitara becomes a much more competent car this way and will give added control of the vehicle to the driver. More will probably be done as well and a standard set of additions as the other crossovers form Suzuki is probably going to be added. So parking sensors and a rearview camera is a must here.
New Rivaling Cars
With the comeback of the 2018 Suzuki Grand Vitara, the model will join a very much packed segment. It will test the designer’s strengths and mechanics as the segment is really not kind to failures right now. But more competition is expected in the American market, with the ones that Suzuki is appearing they might have more chances to succeed. The cars features here include the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.
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