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Becoming involved in automotive history is worth a lot. Especially if this is the story of such a famous brand as Suzuki, or rather one of its most legendary models, the Vitara SUV.

The current 2018 is an anniversary year for Suzuki Vitara – exactly 30 years ago, the first car of this model rolled off the assembly line. In honor of the significant event, the company released a limited series of crossovers with unique features, only 30 pieces. Each car was assigned a serial number, and the 19th car was tested by the editorial office of the AvtoMir magazine. How does this historical artifact differ from the already familiar Vitara, of which there are many on Russian roads?

Aesthetics and practicality

Suzuki Vitara 30 / 140 HP  / 0-100 km/h - 10.2 s
Suzuki Vitara 30 / 140 HP / 0-100 km/h – 10.2 s

Vitara and in the basic version looks spectacular, but the special series crossover looks like a dandy at all. White body color, black rims, additional plastic parts on the body and a spoiler are all attributes of the anniversary version. The beauty here is in the details, like the red surrounds inside the headlights and emblems on the C-pillars. It seems like a trifle, but how the view changes!

Many of the elements inherent in Vitara 30 are not only pleasing to the eye, but also carry a functional load. For example, a plastic lining on the rear bumper will protect this very bumper from scratches during loading, and wide moldings on the doors will save you from dents when encountering obstacles in the parking lot.

The space in front and behind is approximately equal. With a height of 1.9 m, the passenger does not rest his feet on the back of the seat and does not touch the roof with his head. Three adults can sit on the second row.

Beauty is in the details

Kanji watch is one of the main
The Kanji watch is one of the main features of the special series, reminiscent of the Japanese origin of the legendary model.

The interior also added interesting details. The most noticeable of them is the Kanji clock, located, as usual, in the center of the dashboard. They have a very original dial, the numbers on which have replaced the kanji characters used in Japanese writing. A sort of aesthetic and unobtrusive reminder of where the car comes from.

The red stitching on the seats underlines the elegance of the interior, which is predominantly decorated in dark colours.  And there is also an armrest for the driver and passenger with a roomy box
The red stitching on the seats underlines the elegance of the interior, which is predominantly decorated in dark colours. And there is also an armrest for the driver and passenger with a roomy box

There are other, less noticeable nuances of finishing anniversary cars. For example, some plastic parts are covered with glossy lacquer. On the right side of the panel is a unique nameplate with the serial number of a particular machine. The mention of the anniversary even on the rugs! In general, this is a familiar and cozy Vitara salon – convenient and understandable.

A piece of history: a review of the anniversary model Suzuki Vitaraone The engine is started with a button 2 The seats are very comfortable, easy to adjust, and the back does not get tired even on long trips. And the upholstery material is very pleasant to the touch. 3 The “multimedia” of the anniversary car is the same as that of the regular Vitara. She has her own “desktop”, divided into 4 parts. The interface is simple, convenient and does not require getting used to.

The ergonomics of the controls does not raise unnecessary questions, it is convenient to use and multimedia with a very friendly interface. Soft armchairs equipped with powerful heating deserve special praise – an extremely useful thing in a changeable spring climate.

Features of the anniversary Vitara

The anniversary Vitara is unique inside and out: special nameplates appeared on the rear pillars, and there are even reminders of the anniversary on the floor mats.

  • All 30 unique crossovers are painted in white mother-of-pearl.
  • Additional elements of red color appeared in the LED headlights.
  • Side moldings are not only a sign of a special version, but also a useful addition in operation.
  • Black plastic daytime running light surrounds are another sign of the special version.
  • The jubilee car is fitted with special black rims.
  • A small but interesting detail is the plastic lining on the front fenders.
  • A massive spoiler above the glass of the rear door is another difference of the special version.

Confidence on the road

Since the special version is, in fact, the top Vitara equipment, supplemented with options, there is also a rear-view camera here.  And it's very convenient to use.
Since the special version is, in fact, the top Vitara equipment, supplemented with options, there is also a rear-view camera here. And it’s very convenient to use.

The special version was created on the basis of the Vitara all-wheel drive modification with a 1.4 turbo engine, so the dynamics of the car are decent. The 140-horsepower engine responds quickly to pressing the accelerator pedal, and the automatic transmission does not spoil the impression at all.

The gears of the machine can be switched using convenient paddles on the steering wheel.
The gears of the machine can be switched using convenient paddles on the steering wheel.

Despite the fact that the current Vitara is more of an urban crossover than a rugged SUV, the car has no problems driving off-road. For special cases, there is an off-road mode, which is activated by turning the “washer” on the central tunnel.

The instrument panel is informative – all the necessary readings are always in front of the driver’s eyes. The central display shows information about mileage, fuel consumption and other operational data.

Andrey Koltun, AvtoMir magazine:

Suzuki Vitara is already so good, and then there is the anniversary performance! With the help of a small number of details, the designers managed to refresh the look of the crossover, making it more interesting and attractive. In terms of driving performance, the anniversary car does not differ from other versions – everything is on top as always.

Specifications

Length, mm 4175
Width, mm 1775
Height, mm 1610
Wheel base, mm 2500
Curb weight, kg 1235
Trunk volume, l 375
Ground clearance, mm 185
Engine, number of cylinders R4 turbo
Engine volume, cm3 1373
Max. power, hp (rpm) 140 (5500)
Max. torque, Nm (rpm) 220 (1500)
type of drive Full
Transmission AKP-6
Acceleration 0-100 km/h, s 10.2
Max. speed, km/h 200
Fuel Gasoline AI-95
Fuel tank volume, l 47
Consumption (mixed), l / 100 km 6.2
Consumption (city), l/100 km 7.9
Consumption (highway), l/100 km 5.2
Price tested
car, rub.
1,690,000

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Author: Vadim Roshchin; Photo: Vyacheslav Krylov

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