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Paris Motor Show 2014: Suzuki Vitara

By raccars Published

While the small SUV market has been booming, there’s one model that’s been struggling to keep up – the seemingly ancient Suzuki Vitara. The current generation model is approaching 10-years-old, and still bought by people who want reliability and off-road ability, but now fails to appeal to the young, trendy types usually shopping in this sector.

So, Suzuki’s finally revealed a new model at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. It’s a far cry from Vitaras of old, with (shock, horror!) no spare wheel on the tailgate. It’s based on the striking iV-4 concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this time last year and we’re pleased to say it has retained many of the concept’s design elements.

For the first time, the all-new Suzuki Vitara will be offered in either front- or four-wheel drive guise and while Suzuki is keen to promote its off-road heritage with the Allgrip system, many buyers will opt for the front-wheel drive version.

There’s a choice of two 1.6-litre engines - one petrol and one diesel, with emissions as low as 123g/km.

Suzuki is moving with the times, which is why the new Vitara will be offered with a host of personalisation options. In addition to the 15 different exterior colours, the Vitara can also be fitted with different accessory packs.

On the inside, the rather sombre looking cabin can be lifted by a choice of four different colours for the instrument panel, whilst the clock flanked by two air vents perched on the top of the centre console hints at 4x4s of old.

The all-new Suzuki Vitara will go on sale in the UK next spring, with prices announced nearer the launch. The current five-door Vitara starts at £18,995, and we expect prices to stay broadly the same. Be prepared to spend a little extra on the personalisation options.

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