Suzuki just launched the new Vitara that now features their signature all-wheel drive system – the AllGrip Select. It’s a return to form for the brand’s iconic nameplate that was previously known as a very capable off-roading SUV before it became the crossover it’s currently known today.
As the name implies, the AllGrip Select lets the driver choose between four modes – Auto, Lock, Snow, and Sport. You can change it via rotary knob by the shifter and the multi-info display at the gauge cluster will show you what mode you’re currently in. This system is complemented by a digital clinometer integrated in the 10-inch touchscreen at the center of the dash.
Aside from this, Suzuki only did minor cosmetic changes for the new Vitara. The AllGrip badge at one corner of the dashboard is the only new thing inside. Outside, the silver paint on the front bumper extends to the skid plate underneath, while the same color is applied on the redesigned skid plate at the rear. The rear taillights were redesigned a bit, and there’s a new chrome molding at the sides that will be the easiest identifier that a Vitara has AllGrip.
It retains the powertrain from the previous iteration which is a 1.6L naturally aspirated engine with 115 horsepower and 156 Nm of torque. This is coupled to a 6-speed automatic that has paddle shifters by the steering wheel.
The new Vitara with AllGrip Select starts at P1,458,000 for the Monotone colors (Galactic Gray and Cool White Pearl) making it the most affordable all-wheel drive crossover in the market. The Two-tone colors are available in either Solid Bright Red and Prime Solar Yellow, both with a Cosmic Black upper color and will retail for P1,468,000.
If you’re leaning towards the GLX 2WD variant that’s priced at P1,158,000, Suzuki Philippines doesn’t plan on restocking them and will focus on the new AllGrip trim. Some dealers still have them though so it’s best to inquire at your nearest Suzuki showroom.