Facelifted 2019 Suzuki Vitara ditches 1.6L engine for turbocharged 1.0L and 1.4L units

The SUV also brings visual and equipment updates; there's no word on diesel options, though

Suzuki has announced the introduction of the updated 2019 Vitara SUV in September, just in time for the nameplate’s 30th anniversary.

Packing visual, technical and equipment upgrades, the 2019 Suzuki Vitara aims to consolidate its position as the brand’s best-selling model in Europe.

The main updates take place under the hood, with the current model’s 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine being replaced by 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.4-liter four-cylinder Boosterjet turbo units. Debuting on the SX4 S-Cross, the new engines offer more power and torque, greater efficiency, and lower emissions.

The 1.0-liter engine delivers 111 metric horsepower, while the 1.4-liter unit produces 140 hp and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque, available from 1,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The smaller engine is offered as standard with front-wheel drive, while Allgrip all-wheel drive is an option for manual transmission-equipped models. The larger engine comes with AWD as standard. Suzuki will announce WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures for both engines closer to the launch date.

Styling-wise, the updates are subtle and include a redesigned front grille and lower bumper, new alloy wheel designs, as well as new LED taillights. Inside, the 2019 Vitara gains a soft touch material for the upper instrument panel, as well as a new design for the instrument cluster which now features a color central information display.

The Japanese automaker claims the facelifted Vitare will be the most technically advanced Suzuki to date, offering new safety tech such as Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Traffic Sign recognition, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear cross traffic alert. Prices will be announced closer to the launch date.

READ MORE: Our in-depth review of the 2017 Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet Allgrip

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