Suzuki Philippines has just posted a teaser on its Facebook page that a new variant of the Suzuki Vitara is coming. The Japanese automaker confirms that their subcompact SUV will spawn a new all-wheel drive (AWD) variant, and it will be launched this Friday, May 28.
Aesthetically speaking, we don’t expect any major aesthetic changes for the Suzuki Vitara. However, considering that the Vitara is sourced in Europe, there’s a chance that the model’s new pair of LED headlights will also make their way to our market. Having said that, the teaser photo shows a Vitara still rocking the same LED headlights as before. We guess we have to wait and see what’s coming this Friday.
As for the interior, we also don’t expect any radical changes except for the fact that it’ll get an obligatory AllGrip badge to denote that this model is fitted with AWD.
Powertrain details are still unknown at this point. Currently, the Suzuki Vitara is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-4 non-turbo gasoline engine that produces 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque, with power being sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic. The chances of our market getting the Boosterjet 1.4-liter inline-4 turbo gasoline engine is quite slim, so we won’t expect this engine to power the AWD Vitara anytime soon.
Speaking of that AWD system, what makes this special compared to other systems is its ability to split its torque 50:50 to each axle when in Lock mode. Most competing AWD systems are usually on-demand systems, only sending power to the rear wheels when slip is detected. Some of the Vitara AWD’s other drive modes include Auto, Sport, and Snow.
Pricing still has not been revealed at this point, though as expected, the AWD variant will cost more than the 2WD variant. The current model, a sole fully-loaded 2WD GLX AT variant, retails for P1,158,000.