The next-generation Suzuki Vitara is reportedly in development, although no details are available about the car at the moment.
According to recent reports, Suzuki is currently working on the next-generation of its compact SUV for the International market, the Vitara. First introduced in 1988, the Suzuki Vitara is currently in its fourth generation. The new-gen model is slated for launch in 2021, and will have significant changes over its current-generation model.
The current-gen Suzuki Vitara is based on the same platform as the Suzuki SX4/S-Cross. The former was previously on sale in India but later discontinued, while the latter has only been temporarily discontinued at the moment and is set to return as a petrol exclusive model. According to multiple media reports, however, the next-gen model will ditch this platform in favour of Suzuki’s Global architecture, which underpins the sub-4-metre Vitara Brezza in our market. The platform will undergo multiple changes to accommodate the bigger dimensions.
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Compared to the current-generation Suzuki Vitara, the next-generation model will be longer, up from 4,175 mm to over 4,200 mm. Its 2,500 mm wheelbase might also be lengthened a little. It will continue to remain a crossover SUV, much like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. That said, Maruti already has one offering in the compact SUV (above 4-metres) segment, the S-Cross. As such, we do not expect Suzuki to bring in the Vitara anytime soon. Also, Maruti has always struggled to sell premium vehicles in India, owing to the brand’s specialisation in low-end, affordable family cars. Even if the company were to replace the S-Cross with the Vitara, there is no guarantee of any sales benefit here.
Reports also suggest that Suzuki will also introduce the 7-seater version of the Vitara as well. The three-row SUV might be a smart option for Suzuki to bring to India, since there is no 7-seater vehicle in Maruti’s line-up. That said, there was a 7-seater Vitara previously on sale in India, dubbed the Grand Vitara. While it was an extremely capable off-roader, it was a CBU import, and hence carried a high price tag. This prevented it from becoming popular in India. As Maruti might not want a repeat of that, it is highly unlikely we’ll be seeing the Vitara or the Grand Vitara in India anytime soon.