- BoosterJet gives Vitara new life
- 103kW from a 1.4-litre family SUV
- Sporty paddles on steering-wheel
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Suzuki has boosted its Vitara SUV range with a range-topping Vitara Turbo with a choice of manual or auto transmission.
In the Vitara, the BoosterJet engine delivers 103kW at 5500rpm and 220Nm – the latter from 1500-4000rpm. By comparison, the Vitara 1.6 GLX delivers 86kW at 6000rpm and 156Nm at 4400rpm.
Power goes to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or auto gearbox, the latter offering manual shifting via steering-wheel paddles.
SMALL, BUT PRACTICAL
The Vitara range has been around for 30 years and in that time, the automaker says, ”has evolved into a slightly larger compact SUV in the form of the first Grand Vitara in 1998 and the global debut of the second-generation in 2005 – and is still available today”.
”The compact SUV segment,” Suzuki SA adds, ”has grown tremendously over the past few years and the smaller, yet extremely practical, Vitara was re-launched in 2015 as the successor to the pioneer.”
BoosterJet engine technology, Suzuki explains, ”combines a range of engineering advances to create an engine with very strong and linear torque delivery and low fuel consumption”,
”Indeed, the engine delivers 220Nm for a full 2500 revolutions without wavering and its tested fuel consumption in a combined cycle is 5.8 litres/100km for the manual model and 5.9 for the auto.
That in the Vitara Turbo includes direct injection ( for more-efficient and cleaner combustion), a turbocharger with electric wastegate control (for faster build-up of boost pressure), variable valve timing, 16 valves and light construction, including a very compact integrated exhaust manifold.
Power goes to the front wheels and, Suzuki emphasises, although the autobox is similar to that in the non-turbo 1.6 (with steering-mounted paddles), the manual adds a sixth gear.
André Venter, sales and marketing divisional manager for at Suzuki SA, told The Corner: “The Vitara has always offered an exciting drive thanks to its lightness and very rigid platform. With the added power of the BoosterJet engine we can now let the Vitara’s sporty handling truly shine.”
To achieve this, Suzuki’s engineers added a trapezoidal lower front intake, which opens towards the road, a clamshell bonnet with power bulge, a sloping roofline ending in thick C-pillars and an accentuated rear hipline with a kicked-up character line that runs over the rear fenders.
DAYTIME LIGHTS, TOO
The Vitara Turbo has the same specification and equipment as the range-topping GLX. These include 17” alloy wheel rims and the choice of five solid colours and seven dual-tone combinations, where the body colour is contrasted by the choice of a black or white roof, depending on the colour chosen.
The Vitara Turbo is also equipped with LED daytime running lights and, in this configuration, LED head- and brake lights, with a set of silver roof rails and chrome detailing in the front grille and under the fog lamps.
The long list of features includes steering-mounted controls for the audio and cruise control (which also features speed limiting), parking radar front and rear, auto climate control, a multi-information, full-colour, display and powered window lifts and external mirrors.
Another touchscreen has smartphone connectivity and a reversing camera works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The system includes an SD slot, a USB port, Bluetooth, and voice control for many of the infotainment features.
All models in the Vitara range have comprehensive active and passive safety features: electronic stability / traction control and anti-lock brakes.
Passive safety features include seven crash mitigation bags (two front, front side, side curtain and driver’s knees) on all models, as well as side and cross-body impact zones, ultra-high strength steel and additional bracing for a body that is both highly rigid and impact absorbing.
Suzuki Vitara Turbo units will be delivered with a promotional 200 000km or five-year mechanical warranty and a six-year / unlimited distance warranty against rust-through corrosion as well as a 24/7 roadside assistance plan for the same period as the warranty and a four-year or 60 000km service plan.