High demand is anticipated for the new Suzuki Vitara Turbo which is just about to be launched onto the New Zealand market.
The latest Suzuki model builds on the early success of the normally aspirated Vitara five door SUV introduced in the final quarter of 2015.
“Year to date the Vitara is the bestselling sub-$40,000 small SUV,” said Gary Collins, General Manager of Automobile Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand. “The growth in demand for SUVs was a key driver for the increase in new motor vehicle sales in New Zealand last year.
“The small SUV segment showed a 28 per cent growth in 2015 and shows no signs of letting up,” he said. “This sets the perfect stage for the arrival of an additional Vitara model with more power and an exciting level of specification as standard.”
Two versions of the highly efficient Vitara Turbo, both with a six speed automatic transmission, go on sale locally, with prices starting from a highly competitive $33,990 plus on road costs. There is the choice of two-wheel-drive or the flagship AWD with Suzuki’s four-mode four-wheel-drive system. This has Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock modes taking information from accelerator and steering angle sensors to adjust for different terrain.
The Vitara Turbo packs a real punch with strong acceleration and a top speed of 200 km/h. This is thanks to a newly designed 1.4 litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder, double overhead camshaft engine that provides seamless performance. The forced-induction power plant has minimal turbo lag because of the use of a compact turbocharger attached directly to the cylinder
Engine output increases by 20 per cent to 103 kW, while torque is up by an impressive 41 per cent to 220 Nm compared to the normally aspirated 1.6 litre engined Vitaras that continue in the local model lineup.
“Peak torque is available from as low as 1,500 revs through to 4,000 rpm, giving the Vitara Turbo great on-road performance in both urban and highway use,” said Collins. “Not only that, since the Vitara is one of the lightest SUVs with a class-leading power to weight ratio, the Turbo’s fuel economy is outstanding.”
In the official combined fuel cycle test the Vitara Turbo returns 5.9 litres/100 km (47.9 miles per gallon).
The new Vitara Turbo is characterised by a unique grille, 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels, satin-finished door mirrors, red headlamp surrounds and red detailing to the interior trim.
A comprehensive standard specification list includes satellite navigation-equipped infotainment system with Apply CarPlay, leather seats with suede inserts and red stitching, cruise control with speed limiter, key-less entry and ignition, climate control air conditioning, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering wheel sound system controls, LED daytime running lights, automatic wipers and power windows and mirrors.
Safety is paramount with parking sensors front and rear, reversing camera, auto-levelling and dusk-sensing LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, seven airbags, stability control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist.
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