The new 2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip has officially been launched in the Philippines as the most affordable subcompact crossover SUV with an all-wheel drive (AWD) system. For perspective, the only two AWD subcompact crossover SUVs available on the market right now are the Subaru XV 2.0i-S EyeSight and Mazda CX-30 AWD Sport, which cost around P1.9 million.
As expected, the overall design of the Suzuki Vitara AllGrip largely remains unchanged from the 2WD variant already being sold in the Philippines. The only differences between the AllGrip and the 2WD variant are the front and rear skid plates, front lower bumper garnish, chrome and black grained accents on the body’s side profile, and an improved rear edge spoiler. Some of this model’s exterior features include LED head and taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and an optional two-tone paint scheme on select colors.
The interior design of the Suzuki Vitara AllGrip also remains largely unchanged, except for the fact that there’s now an AllGrip badge on the dashboard showcasing the Vitara’s new AWD system. As for features, the Vitara AllGrip has a 10-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a clinometer that’s perfect for off-roading. There’s also an auto-dimming rearview mirror, panoramic sunroof, passive entry with push-button start, auto climate control, part leather and suede seats, just to name a few.
Powering the new Suzuki Vitara AllGrip is the same 1.6-liter inline-4 non-turbo gasoline engine as before, which means it produces 115 hp and 156 Nm of torque. As mentioned, power now goes through all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The Suzuki Vitara’s AllGrip AWD system features four modes: Auto, Snow, Sport, and Lock. Auto is basically your normal mode, which means the system defaults to 2WD and only sends power to the rear wheels when slip is detected. Snow mode, on the other hand, is useful in low traction situations and is more aggressive in sending power to whichever wheel has the most traction. As for Sport mode, this mode is catered more on enthusiastic driving, with the throttle having improved response and the transmission being more eager to downshift. Lastly, Lock mode evenly splits the power between the front and rear wheels in a 50:50 ratio.
As for safety, the Suzuki Vitara AllGrip comes as standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, brake assist, and a reverse camera.
The new Suzuki Vitara AllGrip is now on sale across all Suzuki dealers nationwide with a price tag of P1,458,000. Two-tone color options carry a P10,000 premium over the single-tone paint choices. Surprisingly, the Suzuki Vitara is still built in Europe, specifically in Hungary.