Suzuki seems to be tightening up all loose ends in every segment as it introduces a range topping Vitara Turbo model, following a recent introduction of the nippy Suzuki Swift Sport.
The range-topping Vitara bares a rather sporty exterior design complimented by a trapezoidal lower front intake, a clamshell bonnet with power bulge, a sloping roofline ending in thick C-pillars and an accentuated rear hipline with a kicked-up character line that runs over the rear fenders. The Vitara Turbo is also equipped with LED daytime running lights and, LED head- and brake lights, with a set of silver roof rails and chrome detailing in the front grille and under the fog lamps.
Interior styling benefits from steering mounted controls for the audio and cruise control systems, park distance control both front and rear, automatic climate control, a 4.2” multi-information full colour display in the instrument binnacle and electric windows and mirrors. Convenience features include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and reverse camera display. An in-build Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink systems are also on offer. The system includes an SD slot, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity for hands free dialling and voice control for many of the infotainment features.
Being a top of the range model, the Vitara Turbo further offers a reverse camera with image display on the system, a unique leather and suede upholstery combination and automatic LED headlamps, with LED daytime running lights, and automatic rain-sensing wipers.
Power is stroked from a 103kW/220Nm 1.4litre 4-cylinder BOOSTERJET engine that is also featured on the Suzuki Swift Sport. Drive is sent through the front wheels via a choice between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto transmission.
Suzuki Vitara Turbo GLX 6MT: R378 900
Suzuki Vitara Turbo GLX 6AT: R397 900
The Suzuki Vitara Turbo comes standard with a 200 000km/5yr mechanical warranty and a 6yr/unlimited kilometre warranty against corrosion. Suzuki has also added a 24//7 roadside assistance plan for the same period as the warranty and a comprehensive 4yr/60 000km service plan.