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Suzuki testing Grand Vitara replacement that is now forbidden fruit

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 13:01:00 EST

Suzuki might be dead in the US, but its cars are still thriving in many other markets. Aside from the updated SX4 and a slew of promising concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki is getting ready to launch a much-needed replacement for the aged Grand Vitara, and our spy photographers recently caught the compact SUV testing in Sweden.

Judging by these spy shots, the replacement for the current Grand Vitara – it may or may not retain the Grand Vitara name – will take its styling cues from the Suzuki iV-4 Concept displayed at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. These cues include the narrow, angular headlights, the sloped D-pillars and we even get a hint of the sculpted rear-wheel arches. We hear that the new Suzuki SUV could go on sale in Europe next year, so we'd expect it to debut later in 2014.

By Jeffrey N. Ross

See also: Japanese motorcycles moving into forced induction, Suzuki brings slew of car and bike concepts to Tokyo, Suzuki previews Crosshiker, X-Lander, Hustler ahead of Tokyo.