Suzuki adds the Vitara S to its range

A rear spoiler, gloss black 17” alloy wheels and a unique grille design give the Vitara S a distinctly sporty appearance. This new trim grade isn't just about looks though, because it's the first Suzuki to feature an engine with the brand's Boosterjet technology.

Essentially that means the 1.4 litre petrol motor boasts direct fuel injection, plus a compact turbocharger which is attached directly to the cylinder head. As a result, output is rated at 138 bhp (103 kW / 140 PS), while 220 Nm (162 lb/ft) of peak torque is available between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm.

By comparison, the existing 1.6 litre normally-aspirated petrol unit develops just 118 bhp (88 kW / 120 PS) and 156 Nm (115 lb/ft).

Suzuki Vitara S (2016) Front Side

A 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 10.2 seconds and a 124 mph (200 km/h) top speed make the S the quickest Vitara available. Those figures apply to both the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission options, both of which are combined with Allgrip four-mode four-wheel drive.

Efficiency is very respectable too. With a manual gearbox, combined cycle economy is 52.3 mpg (5.4 l/100km) and CO2 emissions are 127 g/km. 51.3 mpg (5.5 l/100km) and 128 g/km respectively for the automatic alternative are virtually the same.

Apart from its cosmetic and mechanical enhancements, the Vitara S pretty much shares a standard equipment list with the SZ5 version. Consequently, the generous specification includes satellite navigation, Bluetooth, smartphone linkage, a DAB radio, LED headlights, parking sensors, a reversing camera and adaptive cruise control.

Suzuki Vitara S (2016) Dashboard

UK prices for the Vitara S start at £20,899, or £22,249 if an automatic transmission is ordered. Deliveries are due to begin in January.

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1 comment:

  1. We often see the letter 'S' being added to mobile phones which would apparently mean 'slim' for a more sleek and trendy outlook. However, when it comes to cars, the same acronym is used to define the term sporty. I guess the concept behind product marketing across the different sectors is pretty much the same so as to inform consumers that there is an upgrade so the name change is necessary.