Grand Vitara refreshed for 2013

Suzuki has updated the Grand Vitara for 2013 with new styling inside and out, plus detail changes designed to make it easier to live with.

Suzuki has updated the Grand Vitara for 2013 with new styling inside and out, plus detail changes designed to make it easier to live with.

The front grille and bumper are more angular, while new alloy wheel designs and black headlight inserts on high-end models are other exterior changes. The wheels will still come in 17- and 18-inch diameters.

By popular demand the emergency tyre repair kit has been replaced with a ‘space-saver’ temporary spare wheel. It adds weight but also much-needed practicality in an emergency or off-road scenario. It is mounted once again on the rear door, resulting in an increase in length of 170mm for three-door Grand Vitaras and 200mm for five-door models.

Trim levels will span the three-door-only SZ3, the three- or five-door SZ4 and the five-door-only SZ5, the latter of which now comes with a 6.1-inch colour display and Garmin satellite navigation as standard.

The new system also acts as the heart of the infotainment array, allowing navigation through menus and settings, including for the USB and Bluetooth connections. Music can also be played via SD card, CD or the radio.

Thanks to engine management software revisions, the 1.9-litre DDiS diesel now emits 174g/km of CO2, down from 179g/km and enough to drop the Grand Vitara down by one road tax bracket. At the current rates that shaves £20 off its annual road tax bill.

Fuel economy for the engine is also slightly better, at 42.8mpg compared to the 2012 model’s 41.5mpg.

The famous off-roader is on sale now, with prices starting at £15,995 on the road for the 1.6-litre petrol SZ3.