If you look at the previous generation of Suzuki’s legendary nameplate, they were all characterized by pretty long production cycles. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the current one is still in production and that it will remain for some more time. It was launched in 2015 and refreshed a few years ago, so the 2023 Suzuki Vitara will continue in the same way. Of course, don’t forget the last year’s introduction of the hybrid version, which brings some benefits regarding efficiency. Still, the mild-hybrid turbo-four remains a way better pick.
In any case, you may count on familiar pros and cons. The Vitara isn’t a high-tech SUV. Instead, it relies mainly on excellent mechanics, whether it’s about the engine or drivetrain. Furthermore, we like its attractive design, as well as the pretty affordable price. On the other hand, you won’t be impressed with the interior quality, while the cargo area isn’t particularly great either.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Suzuki Vitara won’t arrive before the last quarter of the year.
2023 Suzuki Vitara Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Suzuki Vitara will carry on in the same way, with familiar design and features. Speaking of the design, this SUV received a slight refresh a few years ago, but the overall layout remained the same. The car still looks very attractive, especially if you pick some of the two-tone color options.
Mechanically, there is nothing to complain about, even though purists still claim that the current generation is a big downgrade compared to the previous generation. To remind you, the old Grand Vitara featured a longitudinally-mounted engine, locking differential, two-speed transfer case and similar features that made it an excellent off-roader.
The current model, on the other hand, is rather a modern crossover, even though the legendary All-Grip AWD system is still available and performs great. On the other hand, the current model is more refined and smoother on the road.
The interior design is both good and bad. It’s all about the matter of perspective – if you consider the price tag and all the things you get in terms of mechanics, this cabin is more than okay. It is comfortable and functional, with good ergonomics and simplicity that makes your life much easier. Still, many drivers look at this as a drawback, as many rivals are wrapped with nicer materials and feature more tech features.
The front seats offer good comfort and relatively decent driving positions. The seats are pretty adjustable, so even taller drivers and passengers can enjoy a comfortable ride. On the other hand, the second row is a little bit tighter and rather accommodates average-sized passengers.
2023 Suzuki Vitara Engines
The 2023 Suzuki Vitara will come with two powertrain options. Base models will continue with the excellent 1.4-liter turbo-four, which puts out 129 horsepower and gets a little help from a small electric motor. Driving dynamics are great, thanks to the car’s lightweight. So, it’s no wonder that 0-60 sprint takes less than 10 seconds. The engine is available with both manual and automatic transmission, but we would rather choose one that comes with the third pedal.
Last year, the company also introduced a version with a full hybrid powertrain. This system is based on a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine, which puts out around 100 horsepower. There is also a single electric motor, which raises the combined output up to 115 horsepower. Unlike the turbo-four, this one comes coupled with an automated manual transmission, which isn’t particularly impressive. As a result, the acceleration isn’t great, while the shifts are really slow.
2023 Suzuki Vitara Release Date and Price
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Suzuki Vitara will hit the market in the last quarter of the year. The starting price should go around €20.500 in Europe and £22.000 in the UK. Some of the potential rivals are models like Mazda CX-30, Seat Arona etc.