Suzuki’s iv-4 SUV concept, revealed in Frankfurt last year, has made its production debut this week.
Much of the iv-4’s styling has passed over to the production Vitara, with the concept’s futuristic LED-rich lights, five-slot grille and large sports being the standout losses.
The Vitara’s gloss-black roof does away with the concept’s integrated driving lights, and the bold character line and rear flare has also been softened for production.
Full details on the reborn Vitara are still to come, but much is known already thanks to its nearly identical concept progenitor.
As a show car, the iv-4 measured 4215mm long, 1850mm wide and 1665mm tall - all riding on a 2500mm wheelbase.
By comparison, the new S-Cross measures 4310mm long, making it 160mm longer than the SX4 it replaced, and 160mm shorter than the ageing Grand Vitara. The wheelbase has also grown from 2500 to 2600mm over the SX4.
If the new Vitara shares the i-v4 concept’s dimensions, buyers can expect it to enter as a rival to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Holden Trax, which ride on 2530mm and 2555mm wheelbases respectively.
All of this suggests that we may also have seen the last of the compact three-door Grand Vitara, with this new less-Grand model likely to be offered in five-door form only. (Although a new Jimny could satisfy three-door fans… - Ed.)
A longer seven-seat version could also appear, keeping the current Grand Vitara name alive.
Most Vitara models are expected to be front-wheel-drive, although 'AllGrip Intelligent' all-wheel-drive will be offered as an option.
Petrol and diesel engines are also expected, with the petrol unit possibly being the same 86kW/156Nm 1.6 litre mill found in other Suzuki offerings.
Watch for more details to be revealed in Paris, and keep an eye out for an Australian launch to occur in early 2015.
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