Suzuki is determined to make a bigger impact on the U.S. market and is planning a raft of new models it hopes will be able to lure buyers away from current favorites. To do so the automaker is building a range of models decisively sportier than many of its rivals and packed with plenty of standard features.
We've already seen the first of these value packed, sportier offerings in the form of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi sedan, which TheCarConnection.com found to be sophisticated, well designed, and a lot more fun to drive than most other four-cylinder mid-size sedans.
It appears the next hot Suzuki that we'll get to lay our eyes upon will be the replacement for the Grand Vitara compact SUV (current model pictured), which will reportedly be unveiled for the first time at March's 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The new model will once again be available in both three- and five-door bodystyles and will no longer store its spare wheel on the outside of its tailgate--mimicking one of its main rivals, the Toyota RAV4. TheCarConnection.com also recently drove the 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara and found it agreeable but very different in personality from more modern crossovers.
Not much else is known about the next-generation Grand Vitara but we should get more details as the Geneva event’s March 2 opening date approaches. Joining the new Grand Vitara on Suzuki's stands will be the Kizashi sedan and the previously revealed Swift plug-in hybrid concept.