New Suzuki Vitara S gets turbo petrol at Frankfurt

Suzuki has revealed a new 'S' grade for the Vitara crossover, with 138bhp 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine

Suzuki Vitara S

One of the early complaints we had with the new Suzuki Vitara is that it lacked a turbocharged petrol engine to truly compete with rivals. But Suzuki has responded at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with a new 'S' version of the compact crossover shown.

Featuring an all-new 1.4-litre direct-injection turbo petrol engine, the Vitara S produces 138bhp and 220Nm of torque, significantly more than the 118bhp and 156Nm output of the current naturally-aspirated 1.6. It's not clear yet if Suzuki plans to replace that unit with the new turbo.

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Despite the power and torque boost, we can expect combined economy figures to improve over the already competitive 50.4mpg and 130g/km of the current petrol. 

As well as the new engine, the Vitara S also receives styling enhancements inside and out to mark it out as the flagship model in the range. A five-slot chrome front grille debuts, and red accents across the leather and suede interior. The familiar suite of active safety kit is also available.

Suzuki plans customer deliveries before the end of the year, and although there's no official confirmation of UK figures it's higly likely the Vitara S will reach our shores.

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