2021 Suzuki Vitara hybrid SUV – Everything we know in March

It’s been over six years since the fourth-gen Suzuki Vitara debuted at 2014 Paris Motor Show. An all-new 2021 Suzuki Vitara replacing it could premiere at the Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) in September, if Suzuki decides to participate.

Small SUVs Hyundai Kona and Nissan Juke and the slightly bigger Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V have been leading advancements in their segment for years now. The Suzuki Vitara has a lot of catching up to do, including but not limited to design and in-cabin technologies. We expect it to continue being a value-focused follower even as it moves to its next generation.

Japan’s Best Car magazine expects the 2021 Suzuki Vitara to come out looking “more sophisticated” than the current model. It has worked on a rendering that suggests a chunkier design with a more imposing front-end and extended wheel arches and a sportier appearance with a steeply raked tailgate similar to that of the 2022 Honda HR-V (global version). The Japanese publication expects the next-gen Suzuki Vitara to have a slightly bigger body to open up a little more boot space.

Dimension2021 Suzuki Vitara specification (expected)2020 Suzuki Vitara
Length4,175 mm (164.4 in.)4,200 mm (165.4 in.)
Width1,775 mm (69.9 in.)1,780 mm (70.1 in.)
Height1,610 mm (63.9 in.)1,620 mm (63.8 in.)
Wheelbase2,500 mm (98.4 in.)2,500 mm (98.4 in.)
Expected specifications based on Japanese media report.

Inside, the next-gen Suzuki Vitara could be the first Suzuki model to feature a configurable, fully digital instrument cluster. A brand-new infotainment system with 4G connectivity, wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, a wireless smartphone charger, and a head-up display could also be among the new features.

In Europe, Suzuki introduced a new K14D 1.4-liter Boosterjet turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the fourth-gen Vitara last year. It may offer the same engine, which is an improved version of the K14C, in the next-gen model. The new engine comes with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology that enables torque-fill control, torque boost, and engine idling.

Suzuki and Toyota have struck up a partnership where the former gets supply of Toyota’s hybrid technology (Toyota Hybrid System or THS), for application in upcoming Suzuki cars which may include the Vitara. Toyota and Suzuki expect a wider use of hybrid technologies, particularly in Europe, and given the strategic importance of the Vitara to Suzuki’s operations in the Old Continent, there is no doubt that a full-hybrid is prominently in the future of the SUV.

The 2021 Suzuki Vitara could go on sale in Europe towards the end of this year or early next year, with prices starting at around €25,000 (approx. $29,500). Last November, Spanish automotive websites including Motor.es confirmed the next-gen Suzuki Vitara for the European market in 2021. Juan López Frade, president of Suzuki Ibérica (Spain) was quoted in Spanish news reports as confirming 3 launches for Spain, and the new Vitara in Autumn 2021 (late September – late December).

2021 Suzuki Vitara FAQs

What is the 2021 Suzuki Vitara release date?

Suzuki is expected to launch the next-gen Vitara as early as in late 2021.

What are the 2021 Suzuki Vitara alternatives?

SUVs include the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Toyota Yaris Cross, and Hyundai Kona.

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