Although Suzuki announced they would stop selling vehicles in the United States (Canada is still a go), operations elsewhere continue to manufacture and sell vehicles. In Grand Vitara’s 24 year history the vehicle has seen three major facelifts. At Unfinished Man, we love and the Suzuki Grand Vitara has always been seen as an affordable option when it comes to a vehicle with 4WD capability. It’s a vehicle that’s a little rough around the edges but does the job well enough.
has given the new 2013 Grand Vitara a minor facelift which will hit showroom floors this month in the United Kingdom. The prices for the 2013 model will start at £15,995 ($25,635 USD) for the three-door version of the Grand Vitara (SZ3) featuring a 1.6-liter engine.
The latest Grand Vitara was first seen at the Moscow International Motor Show this past summer with its restyled front fascia featuring a new grille, slight changes to the front bumper with different fog lights, and black accents in the headlights for the five-door, SZ5 model. Depending on the model, the Grand Vitara will also sit on new wheels available in 17-inch or 18-inch allow wheels.
One welcoming change is the use of a 16-inch spare wheel which is wrapped in a 225/790 tire on the tailgate. The larger spare wheel increases the overall length of the Grand Vitara by 7.8-inches on the SZ5 and 6.7-inches on the SZ3 model.
The biggest interior change for the 2013 model can be noticed on the SZ5 (five door model) which now features a 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation system as a standard accessory. And both the SZ3 and SZ5 have newly designed seat trims.
The 1.9-liter DDiS diesel engine features an improved emissions control system resulting in the reduction of CO2 emissions and improving combined fuel economy.
I’ve always been a fan of the third-generation Grand Vitara and one of my friends actually owns one. They may be a bit on the basic side but they are also very affordable and I have not heard of any major complaints from my friend. An entry level Kia or Hyundai can be purchased in the same price range with better exterior/interior styling but the Grand Vitara has proven itself when it comes to reliability. The Grand Vitara is a good vehicle but it’s definitely time for a fourth generation version to come out.