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The All-New 2019 Suzuki Vitara is Coming Soon

It’s more popularly known as the Suzuki Escudo in Japan, but in the Philippines, everyone knows it as the Suzuki Vitara. This subcompact crossover is a mini SUV that can almost pass off as a big hatchback if not for its higher wheelbase. It has been in the market for thirty years, and is still the go-to car for anyone who does city driving regularly without sacrificing those occasional off-road trips for fun.

Now updated for the 2019 model, there are a couple of technical and visual upgrades that were made in its newest model. There are two significant changes worth noting:

The first one is the engine.  Now that the engines are smaller, expect more fuel efficiency as well. Its 1.6-liter petrol engine is now replaced with two engine options: a 1.0-liter and 1.4-liter Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engines. The 1.0-liter engine offers 109 hp while the 1.4-liter churns up 138 hp and 220 Nm of torque.

Suzuki Vitara

The second is Vitara’s design. Now with a revised lower bumper and front grille, it also boasts of newly-designed alloy wheels and rear LED combination lamps. Soft-touch materials also dominate most parts of the dashboard, giving a more luxurious and elegant ambiance inside the cabin.

Suzuki Vitara

Here’s a tip: if you want more safety features, the premium variant comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign recognition, and Lane Departure Warning and Prevention.

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara is expected to be released in the market this September 2018.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Considering the all-new Suzuki Vitara was launched locally less than a year ago in November 2017, nearly two years after it first went on sale in its home market of Japan in October 2015, it might be some time before the latest update reaches our shores. We’ll check with Suzuki Philippines and update you once we have an answer.

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  1. Mon
    September 4, 2018 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    Hi Cherryl, I’m interested in getting the turbo version of the Vitara for my daily trips on the highway. Would you be so kind as to tell me if we’ll see the 2019 model launched in the PH this year? If so, I’d defer my purchase plans until then. Thanks.

    • September 4, 2018 at 6:46 pm — Reply

      Hi Mon,
      No word from Suzuki, yet, but I really doubt they would launch it this year.

      We’ll certainly post the news if it gets launched here asap, so stay tuned.

  2. Glenn Ian Villanueva
    October 11, 2018 at 2:06 am — Reply

    Hi Cherryl

    Is the 2019 vitara now available locally?


  3. Roland
    December 23, 2018 at 10:15 am — Reply

    What’s the update as of today madam Cherryl?

    • December 27, 2018 at 2:58 pm — Reply

      Hi Roland,
      As of today, there are still no news regarding Suzuki Vitara 2019. Let’s keep our fingers crossed next year. 🙂

  4. richie
    February 11, 2019 at 11:23 am — Reply

    Any news when is the release of this unit

  5. Sheila
    February 16, 2019 at 10:53 pm — Reply

    Hi Cherryl! I heard that the facelifted version will be coming to Philippines second quarter of this year. Some boss of a construction materials company who is also waiting for this model mentioned this news. He said it came from someone inside Suzuki. Any confirmation please?

    • February 18, 2019 at 12:19 pm — Reply

      Hi Shiela,
      That’s something that needs confirmation. Who exactly in Suzuki did he talk to? Would it be possible for you to give me the news link you got it from? 🙂

  6. Jose
    April 2, 2019 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    I really hope the 1.4 Turbo Engine with 4×4 AllGrip will be available here in the Philippines or just even the 4×2 variant maybe I could live with it. I’ve also e-mailed Suzuki regarding this and this is some part of their reply.

    “In line with your inquiry, please be informed that 2019 4×4 All Grip is not included in our current model line-up.

    You may opt to check our Suzuki All-New Vitara and All-New Jimny which will be available in the local market on the 2nd half of the year. We have attached here the specifications for your reference and review or you may also visit our Facebook Page or Official Website for more information.”

    So, with that, I’m having my finger cross and hope it will be available asap.

  7. Richard Johnson See
    July 23, 2019 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    Any update on the new model of Vitara 2019 here in the Philippines?

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