The death of Suzuki's American automotive operations can be chalked up to many, many things. One thing it cannot be blamed on, however, is the arguable goodness of its products. The company's criminally underrated offerings included the Kizashi sedan, the SX4 compact and your author's personal favorite, the Grand Vitara.

The GV rode on a radically different version of General Motors' Theta platform, which underpins the American manufacturer's current crop of crossovers, like the Chevrolet Equinox. What made the Grand Vitara special, though, was that it wasn't just another run-of-the-mill CUV. Buying the cheapest model meant living with rear-wheel drive rather than the Theta's typical front drive. Spend a bit of money, though, and you'd end up with an honest-to-goodness off-roader, sporting selectable four-wheel drive complete with low-range gearbox. It also comfortably sat five, was reasonably efficient and was quite handsome. We aren't totally sure how it turned into this.

This, of course, being the new Vitara (it replaces the Escudo, the vehicle Americans know as the Grand Vitara), which will make its global debut at October's Paris Motor Show. The new crossover has ditched its four-wheel-drive system for a part-time all-wheel-drive system called Allgrip.

Suzuki is planning on launching the new CUV in the UK in the spring of 2015, although specific details beyond that are scarce. Of course, we expect to know more in just over a month, when the new Vitara debuts in Paris.
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SUZUKI UNVEILS VITARA: ALL-NEW SMALL SUV AT THE 2014 PARIS MONDIAL DE L'AUTOMOBILE

At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Suzuki Motor Corporation will hold the global premiere of its all-new small and stylish SUV model.

The new five door car is named Vitara and it marks the return of the famous badge first used by Suzuki more than 25 years ago, also on a small SUV.

The Vitara is the production model based on the iV-4 concept; which was first exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013.

On sale in the UK next spring, the all-new Vitara will be available with optional ALLGRIP intelligent four wheel drive with petrol and diesel engines that offer low CO2 emissions as well as outstanding fuel economy in the sector.

Vitara will have a striking road presence with distinctive design. Customers will have the option of personalising the car with various colour and trim customisation options. Further details of these, as well as final specifications will be available closer to public launch.

Further information will be disclosed at the Suzuki press conference, scheduled on: -

Thursday 2nd October 2014 at 2:00pm
At Stand 511, in hall 1.0.


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      speterjr
      • 3 Months Ago

      I would have thought the Vitara would become MORE rugged once leaving the CUV-obsessed NA market, not LESS.

        skoobey
        • 3 Months Ago
        @speterjr

        Vitara and Grand Vitara are not the same model. Just like Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are not the same model.

      jjmoonen
      • 3 Months Ago

      Can you un-show its face now?

      ocnblu
      • 3 Months Ago

      The article has a blatant, ridiculous error.  The Grand Vitara was NOT a Theta-based vehicle.... that was the XL7, a FWD/AWD platform.  The Grand Vitara was a ladder frame, RWD/4WD vehicle... fundamentally different.  Needs corrected, but it is too late for the author's credibility.

        foxtrot685
        • 3 Months Ago
        @ocnblu

        The only thing suzuki used from GM for the GV's platform was the suspension components... THOSE were from the Equinox and its platform mates. But the actual platform, as you stated, was not a GM sourced unit. 

      skoobey
      • 3 Months Ago

      Design is an Evoque inspired... shall I say... and in this case it's a very bad thing. It looks cheap and disfigured.

      GR8LegsNJ
      • 3 Months Ago

      I own a 2007 Grand Vitara Luxury 4WD. I absolutely love the vehicle. It has a pleasant body shape. The 6cyl has plenty of torque to move the vehicle. My only complaint...the amount of fuel the vehicle uses. Interesting note, my 2012 Terrain AWD and my Suzuki both have 185hp. The Terrain has a 4cyl and the Suzuki a 6cyl. The Suzuki is way faster merging into traffic on the interstate. This new Vitara is a nice looking vehicle, too bad we won't be able to purchase it here.

      Rick Tefft
      • 3 Months Ago

      I had a brand new '05 Forenza, which blew its engine up at 5000 mi, in the middle of the Ozarks. Three weeks, several rental cars, an airplane return trip later, I managed to drive it back home to upstate NY from Springfield, MO , with a brand new engine, shipped from Korea. Between that and the company's tepid support of the warranty, I eventually sold it. When I ran into the buyer a few years later, he said he loved it and traded up for a Suzuki SUV. However, I never trusted the company after that.