It's more a rear-lift than a facelift, since only the back end has changed on the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara Urban offered in Canada. There are two noteworthy changes for the decontented model, the first being that Suzuki swapped the full-sized spare tire for a temporary "donut" spare and moved it from the rear gate to underneath the floor of the cargo area.

The other big change is the price: a current Vitara JL starts at $28,135 CAD, the revised model goes down in price to $26,995 CAD. For comparison, that new price equates to $27,007 USD, nearly $1,700 more expensive than the base price of the top-dog Grand Vitara Limited AT 4WD, which starts at $25,379 USD here.

It's been speculated that the changes are meant to lure more female customers (Vitara buyers are 60-percent male). Other specs and features haven't changed, which appears to make this a stopgap while everyone waits on the 2013 Grand Vitara, which will sit on a stretched version of the Kizashi platform.


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      imtoomuch1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The styling of Honda, Toyota, and most other Japanese auto makers isn't anymore exciting than this Suzuki. But the Kazashi is a beautiful car and it's has had excellent feedback and reviews. If Subaru didn't have the AWD sedan market cornered, it would sell many more than it does. The rest of the lineup needs styling help. But the Samurai proved, and still proves, Suzuki can build vehicles as reliable as tanks. They just need better stylists, more frequency model refreshes, and to put more effort into the American market. Suzuki is extremely competitive In the sport bike market. They are the third smallest company out of the big four, but they still produce bikes that continually finish at or near the top of magazine shootouts and championships that have bikes based on production vehicles. This, again, proves Suzuki knows what they're doing and that they have the ability to produce world class machines. They'd do better in Moto GP if they had the capital that Honda does.
        • 2 Years Ago
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          regionrat
          • 2 Years Ago
          lulz to the Sonata hate. All the positive reviews/press/sales figures must really tick you off, which makes me happy. The Kizashi is off my list only because of the CVT. Although Suzuki's automatics are so sluggish, I suppose it doesn't matter. I'm surprised to hear the next Grand Vitara will be a softroader. Huh.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imtoomuch1
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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always thought Suzuki has been trying to go for the Subaru market with it's vehicles. Suzuki markets it's cars and trucks for the "outdoors active lifestyle" type consumer like with their recreational vehicles but they just don't seem to have the resources of a larger car company to take it to the next level. If Suzuki is really serious about selling cars in the US it might be wise to partner with Subaru to learn from them and possibly share resources.
      jaeyoungboyeee
      • 2 Years Ago
      updated or outdated? hmm...
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Kind of like how nobody cares for your opinion because it's always a one-sided opinion about your non-existent STI and your absolute love for Japanese cars and your fake love for German cars just so you don't look like the person you still are till this day, but under a different name? Yes, I know that was a run-on sentence. Sue me.
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        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        And no one cares about you, yet you're still here...
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          @QCRamAir
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      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks 2005
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      it ate my first 2 comments...anyways, is the 2013 coming to the states? if it shares mechanicals and other parts with the kizashi too, then we may have a nice ride. plop this in the lineup and we might get our v6 in the kizashi....give the awd a stick or some paddle(already have?)...and the economies of scale might prop up suzuki enough to make a comeback..
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      alexkoolur
      • 2 Years Ago
      as inspiring as cow dung
      djrroar1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suzuki may or may not pull out of North America but you cannot argue that they are a successful car company, I think they have been profitable for something like 60 years in a row. It costs them very little to stay in this country and they only send their excess inventory to the states. A Suzuki store opened near me and sold around 300 new in it's first year, nothing to brag about but a start. Maybe they are the next Kia! Who knows? 10 years ago Kia was not Kia!
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @djrroar1
        The difference is that Kia was able to get people to forget about its past. Wasn't there a survey a few months ago about brand perception, and Suzuki was dead last? Yet they're wildly successful in many world markets. They're just not attacking the U.S. like they should to change how they're perceived.
      Tamoor Chaudhry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could it look any more generic.
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