In 2018, this SUV was equipped with a modern turbocharged engine, as well as the addition of 48V mild hybrid technology in 2020 which was increased to 140V in 2022.
The new drive system combines a DualJet 1,500cc four-cylinder engine producing 99 hp and 132 Nm of torque, with an electric motor producing 33 hp and 60 Nm of torque. According to European data shows its combined output to be 115 hp.
On paper, the Suzuki Vitara Hybrid can accelerate from 0-100 kph in 12.7 seconds, with a top speed of 179 kph for HEV. Meanwhile, the MHEV variant is able to achieve it in 9.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 190 kph.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed ASG automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. The driving models are Auto, Sport, Snow, and Lock, which provide off-road capabilities and improve performance. In some European markets, the Suzuki Vitara hybrid also comes in a front-wheel drive option with AWD as optional.
For information, the Suzuki Vitara hybrid uses a 6 Ah battery which is larger than the mild hybrid variant, so it is installed under the front seat. Therefore, this SUV can move with electric power in certain scenarios such as deceleration or reversal of direction. Suzuki claims a combined WLTC fuel consumption of 5.1 lt/100 km.
The Suzuki Vitara Hybrid is already on sale in Japan for 2,970,000 ($23,153) and is equipped with the ADAS safety system. Meanwhile, in Europe this SUV is offered at a higher price, which is £25,499 ($32,464).