Yesterday Suzuki announced that a refreshed Japanese-market Suzuki Escudo will bow for 2013, sporting a new front fascia and wheels and dropping its rear spare tire carrier, among other tweaks. Suzuki's American PR staff has confirmed to Autoblog that we will be getting some of the updates here as well, in the form of a facelifted 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara.

Suzuki tells us that an official announcement will be made later this month, but confirmed that the Grand Vitara will be indeed be offered in a model sans external spare tire and extra side mirror. The updated look seems designed to make the long-in-the-tooth Grand Vitara seem more of a crossover than traditional SUV, though we assume Suzuki isn't ditching the transfer case and low-range gearing that sets it apart from the cute ute set.

Japanese customers will also get a special X-Adventure edition of the Escudo, which packages features like a sunroof, stability control, 18-inch wheels, and an interior with contrasting red stitching on the suede-look seats and leather-wrapped wheel and gearshift.

Check out our gallery of the JDM Escudo to see a preview of our 2013 Grand Vitara.


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      Jason Lawrence
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I'm one of the only people who will give a **** about this. I own an 07 GV and back in the old country (Jamaica), these things are best-sellers. I've kind of grown attached to the car. That being said, while I expected a more serious update, I'm glad Suzuki has kept this a truck. That is one of its big selling points back home (road conditions aren't always ideal there) and it really does help the GV stand out in a world of compact/mid-sized sedans growing a little and masquerading as SUVs. I don't know about Suzuki's fortunes here in the USA. I see plenty of GVs where I'm at (upstate NY), but apparently Suzuki isn't moving many cars elsewhere. I hope they figure something out. Maybe some new blood (swift? splash?) could help?
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Lawrence
        Suzuki is doing TERRIBLE here in the US, and isn't fairing much better elsewhere.
          HW
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          its fairing pretty well outside the US, especially in India
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet. NOW I'll buy one...
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      And not a single **** was given that day.
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      YAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWN.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      This isn't going to help them at all, I'm afraid this isn't enough. The current GV is not that inexpensive at all, it is actually somewhat pricey. Combine higher prices with the fact that it doesn't ride well, it doesn't perform well on-road, it is thirsty, its interior is cramped and full of cheap materials, and its dealer network is still very poor. I drove a GV with the new V6 and after going WOT I could do a three count before the transmission would downshift, it was infuriating. They need to bring the Swift here STAT. The Swift is a great little car and that is something that could actually HELP them out and bring more attention to the brand.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I thought the Swift was already being sold here as the SX4.
          scionxd48
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Nope, they're 2 totally unrelated cars, and in most cases outside North America, are sold along side each other. The Swift is a subcompact (like the Chevrolet Sonic, for example), while the SX4 is a compact (like the Chevrolet Cruze, also for example).
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          The SX4 uses a longer, modified version of the old Swift's platform. The car was developed in conjunction with Fiat - their version is called the Sedici and will be replaced by the 500X - who were responsible for most of the design and engineering of the car.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Oh okay. Thanks for clearing that up.
          Warn Industries
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Actually, the SX4 is based on the Suzuki swift chassis.
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      A facelift might be what's required for the Grand Viagra to erect it's sales.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suz-who-ki?
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I blame the downward spiral of Suzuki on the GM kiss of death. Every company GM touches, they kill. SAAB, Isuzu, Suzuki...
        foxtrot685
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        Yup. When GM pulled operations from Suzuki, they took away some great products. The XL-7 went away (based on the Chevy Equinox), the 3.2L from the Grand Vitara was dropped (GM designed, Suzuki built), we didnt get the Kizashi V6 or Kizashi Hybrid, both would have used GM components.
          Leather Bear
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foxtrot685
          What he said, plus General Motors foisting substandard Daewoo models (Reno, Forenza, Verona were NOT real Suzukis) onto Suzuki US (and not bringing in the most recent version of the Swift). Also, bring your HR standards up to date by adding domestic partner benefits and non-discrimination language for your LBGT employees (like virtually every other car make in the US), and politically-aware customers (like me) might take a look at a Suzuki.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        Toyota?
      - v o c t u s -
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the promo shot of this Vit's first experience with mud. Sparkling clear flawless everything , yet it's plowing thru mud and spraying it up the side. Photoshopped? Ya think?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      The motorcycle racers used to say - you can't pass somebody if you're following their lines. Suzuki is never go to beat the big boys by competing head-to-head with their CRV's, RAV4'sand Escapes. Even VW couldn't beat the big boys. What makes Suzuki think they can? Suzuki's own strength has always been tiny cars. They are known all over Asia for their 660cc and 800cc cars and vans. They need to play to their strenth. Offer something the big boys aren't offering.
      scionxd48
      • 2 Years Ago
      A simple facelift is not gonna be enough for Suzuki, given the fact that it's already struggling to keep itself in the US market in general. There's many potential solutions, but each one has a huge risk. 1. Increase the size of the dealer network. Pros: Self explanatory. Cons: Larger dealer networks cost money, and if you're not selling additional models on top of it, they can only lose money. 2. Bring new models to the US. With the popularity of smaller cars, maybe the Swift, or even the Splash. The problem with that, the likely costs of development, adding safety features to comply with US safety regulations, marketing, etc. 3. Combine their car dealerships with their motorcycle dealers. More products in the dealers, likely more floor traffic, but if they still don't add new models, they'll only remain making the kind of money they already get. Basically, they're in the exact same boat that Mitsubishi had been for the last few years, only Mitsubishi has begun to turn themselves around, and sales have been on the rise. It's pretty much do or die for Suzuki here in the US, and things are looking bleak.
      foobar222
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will someone just kill this automotive brand over here in the states please? They don't sell well here. I know they're autos sell great elsewhere on the planet, but not in the US. E-gad, no one cares.
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