Customers looking to purchase the Suzuki Vitara GL+ derivative now have the option of an automatic transmission.
Suzuki South Africa is offering a 6-speed automatic transmission for the Vitara GL+ derivative that combines automatic gear changes with a manual override function, allowing the driver to shift gears manually using shift paddles mounted on the steering column.
This transmission was only available on the range-topping Vitara GLX derivative, but following strong customer demand and dealer feedback, the Vitara GL+ is now the second model in the Vitara range to feature an automatic transmission.
The front-wheel drive Suzuki Vitara GL+ automatic is powered by a 1.6-litre engine offering 86 kW and 151 Nm of torque.
Suzuki Vitara GL+ features
The Suzuki GL+ is highly customisable to suit varying needs. Customers can opt for a two-tone colour scheme while exterior styling packs such as Urban Pack and Rugged Pack offer different feature combinations including spoilers, scuff plated, roof rails, side protection strips and daytime running light surrounds offered in various colours and finishes.
Buyers can further customise the grille, fender trim, wheel arch extensions, door handles, skid plates and rear tailgate with colours and finishes of their choice. More adventurous buyers can also opt for alloy wheels, roof racks, bike carriers and tow bars.
The Suzuki Vitara GL+ ride on 16-inch alloy wheels as standard and the grille, door handles and exterior mirrors are colour coded. fender trim is finished in grey and front fog lamps are standard. Dark-tinted privacy glass is fitted to the rear door windows, rear quarter windows and tailgate window.
Cloth upholstery with contrasting stitching is standard and the interior features chrome and silver accents. The front seats are height adjustable and the rear seat can be split in a 60:40 configuration to make more space available for transporting items. The Vitara GL+ has a boot capacity of 375 litres. A luggage cover, luggage divider board and rear 12V socket is also included.
A digital trip computer shows information such as average speed, fuel consumption data, range, exterior temperature and gear indicator. The steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach and comes equipped with mounted controls to operate the sound system, cruise control and hands-free telephony.
Electric front and rear windows are standard, as are electric side mirrors. Other standard features include automatic climate control air-conditioning, four-speaker sound system (MP3/WMA compatible) with a CD player and USB port.
On the safety front, the Vitara GL+ is equipped with ESP, ABS with EBD and EBA. A total of 7 airbags are included and family orientated buyers will appreciate the ISOFIX child seat mounts. The Suzuki Vitara also carries a five-star EuroNCAP rating.
Suzuki Vitara GL+ Automatic – Price in South Africa
Suzuki Vitara GL+ Automatic – R313 900
The price includes a 3-year/100 000 km warranty, a 4-year/60 000 km service plan and 3-year roadside assistance. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km.