Suzuki’s Grand Vitara SUV has come in for another update, revealed this week with the Escudo-badged Japanese version.
With the current generation having been in this market since 2005, the Grand Vitara is bested only by Ford’s dwindling Escape as the elder statesman in the segment.
Changes to the Escudo are largely cosmetic, with a redesigned grille, bumpers, alloy wheels, and dark headlight bezels now on all models.
The tailgate has also been redesigned, as a result of removing the spare tyre mount from the rear. Japanese models will now make do with a puncture repair kit instead.
This refresh also brings a new special edition model, badged ‘X-Adventure’, which boasts a host of unique features.
Available only in specific ‘Bison Brown Pearl Metallic’, X-Adventure models also come with 18-inch wheels, chrome grille, privacy glass, rear spoiler, sunroof, plus red suede highlights on seats, steering wheel and gear selector.
TMR spoke with Suzuki Australia’s Andrew Ellis today, who confirmed that local Grand Vitara models will receive these cosmetic updates in August, though Australian models will maintain a full-size spare tyre.
Ellis could not confirm whether the cosmetic changes would be accompanied by any mechanical upgrades.
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