Suzuki has expanded the range of its Vitara by introducing the new Full Hybrid 140V engine which goes alongside the Mild Hybrid 48V version already in the price list. For the moment, this new variant has been launched in the UK but will soon be made available in our country as well. Let’s see, therefore, the main innovations of this new model. We will update the article as soon as the precise details for our market arrive (in particular, Italian prices and fittings).
DESIGN AND INTERIORS
The Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid measure 4,175 mm long x 1,775 mm wide x 1,610 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. The trunk has a capacity of 289 liters. The minimum height from the ground is 175 mm. No particular changes have been introduced in terms of design with the launch of this engine. So, we find the look we already know and characterized by sculpted lines, the clamshell bonnet, the widened fenders and the rear light units slightly protruding. As standard we find LED headlights. Suzuki Vitara is available in 11 different colors. The top-of-the-range version also offers a large panoramic roof.
Even the interiors do not present any particular novelties. In the center of the dashboard we find a small 4.2-inch display that shows a series of data including energy management and battery level. The infotainment system has a 7-inch touch screen. Present the compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior is “concrete” and as we had been able to observe closely during our test with the Mild Hybrid model, the materials are robust and well assembled. No frills, however, and no particular aesthetic refinement.
ENGINE AND SAFETY
The real novelty is obviously the Full Hybrid engine. Suzuki says the powertrain is made up of a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine with a displacement of 1.5 liters 85 kW (115 PS) with 138 Nm of torque combined with a motor generator unit (MGU) from 24.6 kW (33 hp) with 60 Nm of torque powered by a 140V lithium ion battery. The gearbox is a 6-speed automatic. Two driving modes are available: Eco and Normal.
The drive is front but the new Vitara Full Hybrid is also available in variant with all-wheel drive. The maximum speed reaches 180 km / h. It takes 12.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h (13.5 seconds for the model with all-wheel drive). On the emissions front, Suzuki declares 121 g / km of CO2 (132 g / km for the 4×4 version). Speaking of consumption, we have 5.4 liters per 100 km according to the WLTP cycle (5.9 liters for the version with all-wheel drive).
Speaking of all-wheel drive ALLGRIP, drivers will have 4 selectable modes available: Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock. On the safety side, the Hill Hold Control system is standard on all models. On the version with all-wheel drive, however, the Hill Descent Control system is also present. Speaking of the ADAS, as standard we find the Dual Sensor Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Cruise Control systems.
EQUIPMENT AND PRICES
On the English market, the Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid is offered in the SZ-T and SZ5 versions. The model with all-wheel drive is offered only in the richer version. Prices start at 25,499 pounds equal to just over 30,460 euros. Obviously, as mentioned at the beginning, as soon as the Italian prices and fittings arrive we will update the article.