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Suzuki brings in the new Vitara AllGrip

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SUZUKI Philippines Inc. (SPH) finally brought in the much-anticipated New Vitara AllGrip.

The introduction of this four-wheel-drive variant puts back the Vitara to its known staple since its introduction—a compact SUV capable of tackling off-road terrains. While the newest variant now sports a unique and intelligent four-wheel-drive system, the new AllGrip variant retained the current yet efficient 1.6-liter gasoline engine producing decent torque to do the job.

“Ever since the new look of Vitara was launched in the Philippine market, we have seen enormous support for the model. One of the iconic models of the brand, this newest 4×4 vehicle provides individuality, stylish looks, and added confidence on the road. This car will definitely encourage people to drive and bring more fun into their lives,” said Suzuki, Philippines Vice President and General Manager for Automobile Division, Keiichi Suzuki.

AllGrip Select

With the AllGrip Select system, it provides the inherent values “Fun to drive,” “Peace of mind,” and “High fuel efficiency” by allowing the driver to choose from four driving modes (AUTO, SPORT, SNOW, and LOCK). The electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system with selectable driving mode uses a simple push-and-turn dial to experience different driving styles depending on the road surfaces or conditions—more important, to match every driving scenario and road condition.

In Auto mode, the drivetrain utilizes 2WD by default for fuel efficiency. But if the sensor detects slippery terrains, the system activates the rear wheels to add traction and control. The Sport mode, meantime, is for spirited driving and best utilize on winding roads. The sensor controls the torque distribution in front and rear wheels depending on the steering angle, throttle opening, and sensor detection.

As for the Snow mode, it enables all four wheels to produce maximum traction. In conjunction with the electronic stability program (ESP), the sensor detects slipping wheels to redirect torque to the non-slipping one. Like the Auto mode, the sensor also detects steering angle and throttle opening to determine torque distribution on wheels.

Last the Lock mode. It is similar to the conventional 4WD locking differential that operates all four wheels at the same time. But with ESP and intelligent sensing, the system applies what ESP does to detect slipping wheels and redirects torque to the other wheels. It assists and enables the vehicle to slice through muddy roads and alike while maintaining ideal traction and control. Motivation comes from the current 1.6-liter engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters.

Expressive exterior and superior interior

Keeping with Vitara’s authentic design, Suzuki chose to keep the traditional clamshell bonnet in the front. While from the rear, the New Vitara is stout and stable with trapezoidal lines toward the ground and a minimum ground clearance of 185mm. The flanks have smooth rooflines for better aerodynamics, and a kicked-up character line hints at the flared fenders.

Some upgrades to the Vitara’s body include front and rear skid plates, a front lower bumper garnish, chrome and black grained accents on the body’s side, and an improved rear edge spoiler. This model also comes with energy-saving LED headlamps for low-beam, uniquely designed DRLs, and a vertical chrome grille for a more modernized look suitable for the current times.

As for the interior, the arrangement of the new model is a combination of Suzuki’s muscular contours and sporty design. While everything inside is the same with the 2WD variant, the 10-inch infotainment system now has a Clinometer function, which displays the vehicle’s position regarding pitch and roll angles, plus a range of personalization options. Of course, there is the iconic panoramic sunroof consisting of two glass panels. The Cargo area is still superior, with a total of 375 liters of space (rear seats folded) at your disposal. Additionally, there is an automatic wiper, illumination, dimming rearview mirrors, rear camera with parking sensors, and Push-Start System.

Safety and control

The new Vitara AllGrip has six SRS airbags, hill descent and hill hold control, and brake assist function. It is also equipped with Electronic Stability Program, which detects over and understeering to help the driver maintain directional control. Additionally, pedestrian protection through impact-absorbing structures, which mitigates the extent of injuries. Moreover, there is a cruise control system with a speed limiter ideal for long drives.

Color variants and pricing

The new Vitara AllGrip comes in two-tone colors Prime Solar Yellow (with Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic) and Solid Bright Red (with Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic), which retail at P1.468 million. The mono-tone colors Galactic Gray Metallic and Cool White Pearl are also available with a price tag of P1.458 million. The new Vitara AllGrip is now available in all Suzuki dealerships nationwide to cater to the evolving needs of young and dynamic professionals as a reliable companion in exciting drives with family and friends. For more information, the customer may log on to http://suzuki.com.ph/auto.

Images courtesy of Jeko Vazquez and John K Chua

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