Suzuki might be dead in the US, but its cars are still thriving in many other markets. Aside from the updated SX4 and a slew of promising concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki is getting ready to launch a much-needed replacement for the aged Grand Vitara, and our spy photographers recently caught the compact SUV testing in Sweden.

Judging by these spy shots, the replacement for the current Grand Vitara – it may or may not retain the Grand Vitara name – will take its styling cues from the Suzuki iV-4 Concept displayed at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. These cues include the narrow, angular headlights, the sloped D-pillars and we even get a hint of the sculpted rear-wheel arches. We hear that the new Suzuki SUV could go on sale in Europe next year, so we'd expect it to debut later in 2014.


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      john96xlt
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's too bad Mitsubishi already builds a competent small SUV, as this (rebadged as a Mitsu) could do well for them in the US, much better than some Korean slap-together based on a defunct Nissan platform.
      Jesus!
      • 10 Months Ago
      Forbidden fruit? No one wanted their fruit to begin with lol. Mitsubishi better get with it or they are next.
        Sorten Borten
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        Not sure who downvoted you. I bet they couldn't round up 100 people in US who would pay for a Suzuki CUV.
          GR
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          Jesus, Suzuki was plagued by bad management and bad decisions. However, their engineering is solid and their durable, reliable cars are testament to that. You have probably never owned a Suzuki let alone know much about real Suzukis (made in Japan). You seem to not be able to tell the difference between management and engineering. Think Suzukis are junk? Then explain how they outsell Nissan in the Japanese Domestic Market. Remember, the Japanese are world famous for their attention to quality. You think they let that lapse it their own home turf?
          GR
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          Sounds like you know very little about Suzuki or their SUVs. First of all, the Grand Vitara was not a CUV. It had a ladder-frame chassis with a part time 4x4 system with low gearing. That made it far superior to any CUV with a unibody and AWD in the rough stuff. The problem was that Suzuki let their products stagnate and did not revise their line up to accommodate changes in the market. GM also trashed them out by rebadging junky Daewoos as Suzukis. By the time Suzuki was on its own, their reputation was in the mud. They also made bad business decisions, but their cars weren't that bad. Real Suzukis (made in Japan) were actually reliable, durable, and great value vehicles. Heck, they outsell Nissan in the JDM. I had a 1998 Sidekick that I offroaded a lot. Never broke down or had me stranded. It got out of terrain that AWD rivals got stuck in. I have a Kizashi now which is really among the best handling midsize family sedans ever. A Camry, Accord, or Fusion is an appliance in comparison. And unlike you, I've driven all of them to compare.
          Jesus!
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          The dilusional thats all. They will make any excuse as to why Suzuki is so good. If they were so good guess what? They would still be selling vehicles here! Suzuki has never been big here and they never really pushed to have anything great here until the end and by then it was too late.
        Jesus!
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        GR...Fusion an appliance? You are nuts and a fanboy please.
          GR
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Jesus!
          Jesus, Have you ever even seen a Kizashi? Let alone sat in one? I doubt you ever drove one. In contrast, I rented a 2014 Ford Fusion SE when my Kizashi was in the shop after being hit by a lousy parallel parker. I even wrote up a full comparison report of the two cars in a Kizashi forum. The Fusion is quieter, more comfortable, and is a great car, however, the Kizashi is a MUCH better handling sedan and is offered with the 6 speed manual in higher trims. Ford only offers their manual in the very base model. So yes, the Fusion is an appliance compared to the Kizashi. You have no reference point to even compare to the Kizashi much like most other people here hating on Suzuki. You fools never owned one. I've had 2 and they were just as good any Toyota or Honda owned by people I knew.
      usa1
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wait, what? You could buy Suzuki cars in the USA and now you can't? I don't remember either. ;-)
      i.own.your.ass
      • 10 Months Ago
      maybe US government should have bailed suzuki out..... now they are not invited to this party
        foxtrot685
        • 10 Months Ago
        @i.own.your.ass
        Suzuki north America wasn't a manufacturer it was a distributor. You can't bail out a distributor...
      ihatedavebushell
      • 10 Months Ago
      The least Grand car ever was the Grand Vitara!
        thedriveatfive
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        A unique combination of poor style, poor reliability, and questionable dealer service.
          GR
          • 10 Months Ago
          @thedriveatfive
          Dealers sucked. Poor style? No, the GV looked good, especially in its last generation. Poor reliability? Nope. Made in Japan Suzukis always have done well in reliability. Don't confuse them with crappy Suzuki-badged Daewoos that were the compliments of GM management.
          William Flesher
          • 10 Months Ago
          @thedriveatfive
          Poor reliability? NOT TRUE. I bought my Esteem 5 speed wagon new in 2001. I have put over 275,000 miles on it over the years, and it has never required anything but replacement of worn parts at the required service intervals, and the parts are incredibly inexpensive. This May I will be giving it to my nephew for his 18th birthday, and hope to replace it with the lowest mileage SX4 I can fin Suzuki's are popular globally because they are tough as nails and cheap to repair. Anyone calling them unreliable has obviously never owned one.
          MechE
          • 10 Months Ago
          @thedriveatfive
          Cheepo 5speed wagon for the win. Incredible how much you can love an ugly duckling car when it works out so well like that. My story involves a 5speed Focus wagon.
          thedriveatfive
          • 10 Months Ago
          @thedriveatfive
          The truth hurts lol
        ChrisD
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        Thedriveatfive why are you bringing gm into a Suzuki thread?
          William Flesher
          • 10 Months Ago
          @ChrisD
          GM mismanaged Suzuki, and was responsible for rebadging inferior Daewoo and Chevy vehicles as Suzuki 's. Bringing up the old GM in a Suzuki thread is absolutely appropriate.
      tehryguy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Suzuki went wrong when they stopped focusing on their core competency -- small, cheap to buy and own, fun-to-drive, solid reliability -- and started rebadging Daewoos. By the time they got back to sending desirable vehicles to the US -- namely the SX4 and Kizashi -- they were already circling the bowl, having gone too far down the path of dull-as-dishwater-and-not-cheap-enough-to-make-you-forget.
        Tom
        • 10 Months Ago
        @tehryguy
        I never drove or experienced an SX4 or Kizashi, but the wife's car was a 2006 Forenza. It was the worst combination possible: Designed by GM and built by Daewoo and badged as a Suzuki. This meant finding a service dept was a nightmare, build quality was terrible, and the design left a lot to be desired. This type of vehicle is what caused their inevitable downfall. We got $4k for it when it was 4 years old with 50k miles and we felt very fortunate to get that. My wife upgraded to my old 99 300M with now 200k and is content with this older car that's safer, gets BETTER MPG, has no rattles or squeaks, and can actually stop when the brakes are applied vs gently decelerate.
          churchmotor
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Tom
          Yes, Suzuki suffered from the GM kiss of death.
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      • 10 Months Ago
      How sad, the GV was a very great utility vehicle and should have made the mark Suzuki wanted in America. Americans never let go of Consumer Reports slanted attack on Suzuki for the Samurai. When will Americans realize that responsibility is first and foremost your own? The Samurai was not a dangerous vehicle at all when driven CORRECTLY (as prescribed in the vehicles own owners manual). However, Americans want every vehicle available to have the speed of a Maserati, handle like a Porsche, and have the off road prowess of a Jeep Wrangler. If the car doesn't do that, then it is the manufacturers fault in their eyes. All responsibility is off the consumer and on the manufacturer. Then there was GM and their tyrannical manipulation of Suzuki in America. Finally, American Suzuki themselves didn't know what to do with the American market. Had they sold the Swift here in the states, had they updated the GV, had they updated the SX-4…I think they could have made a dent in this market. However, in the end, Americans never forgave Suzuki for the Samurai. They held a grudge that in the end has cost them the ability to have reliable, affordable, and very useable Suzuki cars in this country. So as much as it is a tease to see this forbidden fruit, I blame my compatriots for this one. Face it America, at some point we have to take responsibility for ourselves and act with at least a little self restraint, before it is too late!
        Brian Weir
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Travis C. Vasconcelo
        Travis, this had nothing to do with the Suzuki Samarai disaster any more than gas tank recalls cratered GM and Chrysler from selling trucks. As you probably already realized, GM and Jeep are still doing quite well selling trucks and SUV's despite those recalls. The problems Suzuki encountered were primarily a failure to effectively market their vehicles. None of their vehicles had anything to distinguish them in a crowded marketplace that Suzuki's competitors couldn't match or surpass. Mediocre handling, styling, performance, and middle of the road pricing left many consumers wondering, why buy this when such-and-such automaker has xyz that has a much more competitive product? That and Suzuki offered only products at the low-end of the US market, and as I mentioned, that's a VERY crowded market. Suzuki didn't offer ANYTHING at the midrange or high end of the market, and unlike so many other manufacturers, doesn't have a premium brand in the USA. Suzuki had 25 years to succeed in the US, and failed to expand or distinguish itself here.
          GR
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Brian Weir
          Brian Weir, They offered the Kizashi. It was rather good in the segment it occupied. A lot of features for the money. How do I know? I own one. 6 speed manual, 18 inch wheels, 425 watt 10 speaker stereo, power seats, Akebono brakes, push-button ignition, bluetooth audio and phone, 8 air bags... these are low end features? We're talking about a 2011 model too. Oh, it's also got among the highest crash test ratings of any car. It out-handles nearly everything in its class. I've driven most midsize like the Camry, Accord, Fusion, etc. They don't come close. I blame Suzuki's poor business decisions, not their cars, for their failure. What they should have done was imported the Swift and Swift Sport around 2008.
          KiwiME
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Brian Weir
          Suzuki are at the low end of of the New Zealand car market and they do very well. Some months the Swift is the best selling car. Consistent marketing, a very good reputation for reliability, plenty of dealers and a good product line. Cars are relatively cheap in NA and I think people have more choice and so it's a harder sell.
      bK
      • 10 Months Ago
      Only if Suzuki was able to bring their Kei cars....
      Scooter
      • 10 Months Ago
      My first car was a Suzuki SX4 hatch. Truly a good car all around. The build quality was solid and never had issues with the car at all, in fact I still own the car as a 2nd vehicle. I bought mine slightly used as 2008, my friend at the same time bought a Lancer. His pretty much fell apart in every way possible, not to mention all of the issues he had when the car was brand new. My SX4 has never had a single mechanical problem. I think if Suzuki had delivered more cars, and more of them based off of the generation of the Kizashi and later SX4 models, they would probably still be here. Too many long years of anonymity and slim offerings. Not to mention Kizashi is a great car, but I never found one under the $20,000 mark. Most were comfortably in the $22-$24 range. It was simply not as affordable as it should've been and its marketing campaign set its cross hairs on the wrong kinds of cars. I remember one mentioning Audi... Its just sad to see a company get on the right track when its too late.
        bK
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        My friend has a Kizashi, and that cars build quality is solid to its core. You can tell suzuki didn't skimp on anything.
          Scooter
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bK
          Oh yeah, I know what you mean. I took apart Toyota's for a dealership getting hail damage work. Prius, Tundra, Camry, Corolla, Rav4, every single Toyota model.... JUNK. Everything's a pin/clip. Plastic everything. Cheap headliners, just downright, bare-bones plastic crap. It wasn't until then I noticed how great the Suzuki build quality is.
      hubemx
      • 10 Months Ago
      I don't think this is the new Grand Vitara. Looks shorter, wider and lower. I think this is a suv of the Ecosport segment.
      foxtrot685
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm interested in what happens now with the GV since the split with GM. The LasT GV we had in the states featured a lot of GM designed parts that were built under license by suzuki, so I'm interested to see if that continues or if they revised everything and started over.
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