Next-gen Suzuki Vitara SUV to Share Platform with Brezza

by Kshitij Rawat | 13/06/2020
Facebook share twitter share 14 0
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.

Suzuki Vitara front three quarter

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.

2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Hyundai Venue | Compact SUV Comparison (Hindi)

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.

ALSO READ

Rebadged Maruti Vitara Brezza from Toyota Could be Called 'Urban Cruiser'

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.

Would you like to receive notifications with latest news and car deals from IndianAuto?