2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip launched in the Philippines – Will it miss Malaysia?
CY Foong · May 28, 2021 06:30 PM
After a week of teasers and countdown posts, Suzuki Philippines has launched the 2021 Suzuki Vitara AllGrip on the island. The all-wheel-drive variant serves as the top-of-the-line spec in the Filipino Vitara line-up.
Priced from PHP 1,458,000 (around RM 126,000), the AllGrip costs PHP 300,000 more than the front-wheel driven GLX variant. Buyers who fancy the two-tone exterior paint job would have to cough up PHP 1,468,000 and this is pretty pricey considering rivals like the Geely Coolray (Proton X50) cost well below PHP 1 million.
Still, you do get all-wheel-drive in the AllGrip which is a plus for those wishing to bring their B-segment crossover to rougher terrain.
From the outside, the only difference between the FWD and AWD variants is the AllGrip badge on the tailgate. Everything else is carried over including the LED headlights, chrome door handles, two-bar chrome front grille, and two-tone exterior paint.
Underneath, both the GLX and AllGrip variants share the same powertrain – a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre M16A 4-cylinder engine (115 PS/156 Nm). Only one transmission is offered for both variants, a 6-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
As for Suzuki’s AllGrip system, it has four modes to choose from:
Auto – Sets the drivetrain to 2WD and only sends power to the rear when it senses the front tyres slipping.
Sport Mode – Sets traction control system to intervene less for faster acceleration and quicker turning.
Snow Mode – Delivers 50:50 torque split between the front and rear axles, allows for easier driving on slippery and uneven road surfaces.
Lock Mode – Distributes torque evenly across all four wheels, applies brakes to tyres that are spinning and sends available power to tyres that are gripping.
What about Malaysia?
Suzuki made a return to Malaysia via Naza Eastern Motors and so far, we know that the Jimny will be the second model to arrive here following the Swift Sport.
While the Vitara seems like a strong contender to fight against the Proton X50 and the Honda HR-V, there might be a problem with its Malaysian arrival. Suzuki’s crossover is currently assembled in Hungary, which if brought over would result in high import taxes and thus, a more premium price.