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Sunday 16 December 2018

Revision time: Suzuki Vitara and Audi Q3 get a makover

Revamped: Suzuki Vitara
Revamped: Suzuki Vitara

Eddie Cunnigham

Suzuki have revised and revamped their small Vitara SUV/Crossover in time for the 191 plate early next year.

Importantly, they are replacing the 1.6-litre petrol engine with the excellent 1-litre and 1.4-litre powerplants they have in other models. The 1-litre whips up 109bhp and 125lb ft of torque while the 1.4 develops 138bhp and 162lb ft.

Suzuki say emission levels of both engines are lower – but will not say by how much – under the new WLTP cycle which kicks in from September 1.

Some tweaks to the outside (light clusters, grille and bumpers) and better-quality materials in the cabin and especially on the dash give it a lift.

There is now a colour screen with the redesigned instrument cluster.

• Meanwhile, Audi have revised their second-gen Q3 crossover, which arrives later in the year.

They’ve sharpened the looks (grille, headlights layout, roof edge spoiler) and also given the cabin a bit of an overhaul.

It is now a bigger car all round, stretching to 4.485m long, 1.856m wide and 1.585m tall, with a 77mm increase in wheelbase. All of which, they claim, means more knee, head and elbow room while the boot has 70 litres more capacity than before (530-675 litres depending on rear-seats/backrests’ positions. With the rear seats folded there are 1,525 litres.

There will be petrol and diesel powerplants and 2WD or quattro (AWD) drive.

Irish Independent

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