The fourth generation of the crossover SUV has the last run and the 2022 Suzuki Vitara is going to be the first model of the fifth generation. The vehicle was restyled in 2018. Ever since no big changes happened. The Japanese company is still hiding details, but our sources report the vehicle is in the final stages of development. The look of the Vitara is evolving. The focus will be on aerodynamic, so the crossover can offer better gas mileage. Also, reducing emissions is another priority for Suzuki. Experts believe the upcoming vehicle is going to be bigger. More room for passengers in rear seats and extra cargo space are always welcome.
While we have some clues about the styling, there are no details about the engine lineup. The company announced that a hybrid version is on the way. But, what kind of system the 2022 Suzuki Vitara Hybrid is going to use is still a mystery. It can be a small mild hybrid or a plug-in setup. Well, expectations are big and bosses are not going to play with the reputation. Suzuki is already on the good path, partnering with Toyota. A new petrol unit is also very likely to happen. A four-pot turbo mill is going to be there at the debut, expected in the final quarter of 2021.
New Petrol Engine, New Hybrid: Details
The company is about to launch a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine for the new 2022 Suzuki Vitara. Outputs are undisclosed, but we can assume what is going on under the hood. the crossover might be somewhere between 180 and 200 horsepower. An all-wheel drive is optional, as well as an automatic transmission. Manual gearbox is sending power to the front axle by default. Decreased weight and improved aerodynamic promise a way better gas mileage. But, it is impossible to predict where it will end up.
Besides the new petrol unit, a hybrid is also confirmed. Again, specs details are a secret until the unveiling. Since Suzuki partners Toyota, we could see a similar configuration to the one the new Yaris is using. Hybrid Synergy Drive is combining a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with electric motors to maximize the potential. The total output of the upcoming configuration, as well as the gas mileage, is unpredictable. Suzuki might also go after the plug-in hybrid. In this case, power goes up and Vitara could run by using only electric motors. Do not expect some crazy range, not more than 25-30 miles.
2022 Suzuki Vitara Release Date Delays
The all-new Vitara is definitely coming in 2022. The crossover was almost ready to debut as the 2021 YM. But, as you know, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of problems for carmakers. Suzuki is not the only one to put the development of its vehicle on idle. Now, when the world is coming back to normal, the 2022 Suzuki Vitara will be released. Fans expect to see it late in 2021. However, it is up to the company, which can carry over the premiere for the first quarter of next year. Vitara hybrid could be left for the late debut, maybe in the summer of 2022.
2022 Suzuki Grand Vitara
The vehicle was available under a different nameplate during some of the periods in its history. Some sources even claim the new generation is going to bring back Grand Vitara. Basically, nothing will change from what we said and what we know about the upcoming vehicle. And no, Suzuki is not adding a “Grand” suffix for a larger version of base Vitara. We got used to this seeing some Jeep models, such as Grand Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer.