According to speculative media reports, Suzuki Motor Corporation has made good progress on the next generation Grand Vitara model mounted on the elongated Kizashi platform. The update on the underpinning is not a new development as international blogs have already reported on the platform sharing between the two models in the recent past.
Suzuki had given the Vitara a mild cosmetic change by repositioning the spare wheel from behind the car to under the luggage compartment for the Canadian market.
According to reports, the styling of the next Vitara is similar to the Kizashi 2 concept, along the lines of the example showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2008, blending aggression and soft lines on the bodywork.
The handling is better as certain traits from the Kizashi will be passed on. Moreover its monocoque construction could lead to crucial weight savings reflecting on better cornering abilities and improved fuel economy.
Sales of the redesigned Vitata is expected to begin in Japan not before late 2013 or early 2014 followed by introduction in international markets. In India, the Vitara is not exactly a volumes model, its single digit sales is due to the absence of a diesel engine and the neglect of renewed marketing strategies.
2.0 and 2.4 liter petrol engines could provide the necessary firepower. Fiat could supply Suzuki with a 135hp 2.0 liter DDiS engine for markets that are preferring diesel variants, the report adds. Expect the 2014 Suzuki Vitara to be showcased in September 2013.