Suzuki has introduced a new Hybrid engine to the Vitara line-up, joining the existing mild-hybrid version.
The powertrain combines a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with a small electric motor, delivering a combined power output of 115PS and CO2 emissions from 121g/km.
It’s paired with a six-speed automated manual transmission and can be specified with all-wheel-drive.
Suzuki says the new technology helps lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel consumption over the existing mild hybrid model with an automatic transmission.
The Hybrid system has two switchable modes, which are Eco and Standard. One switch enables the driver to change between the two modes depending on conditions and also increases the frequency of EV driving. In Standard mode, the motor more frequently assists the petrol engine to allow more spirited driving.
As a full Hybrid, Vitara can run on its electric motor alone for short distances.
Prices start at £25,499 for the Vitara Hybrid SZ-T. Standard equipment includes seven airbags, LED headlamps, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control, climate control, keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and sat nav.
The SZ5, priced from £27,499, adds suede seat upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors and the availability of ALLGRIP 4WD as an option.
Weight savings during initial development help the Vitara remain one of the lightest SUV’s in its class at 1,268Kg with an increase of 47Kg for the SZ5 ALLGRIP model.