Suzuki appears no closer to introducing a replacement for its ageing Grand Vitara SUV, which has been on the stage in its current generation since 2005.
But, despite the lack of an all-new offering on the horizon, the head of Suzuki's local arm remains upbeat about the current model's sales pace.
"It’s the only true 4x4 left in that medium SUV segment, so we’re still getting pretty solid sales," Moore told CarAdvice today.
The company has moved 906 Grand Vitara SUVs year-to-date (to end of June, with July figures still to come), compared to 1275 for the same period in 2015.
A drop in Grand Vitara sales will have been expected, with the compact new Vitara joining the range late last year.
Above: the new Vitara
Although newer and loaded with more modern technologies, the Vitara is considerably smaller than the older Grand Vitara. The latter model measures 4.50 metres long, 1.81m wide and 1.68m tall, while the Vitara comes in at a more compact 4.17m long, 1.75m wide and 1.61m tall.
The newer of the two also rides on a more compact 2.50-metre wheelbase, compared with the Grand Vitara’s 2.64m footprint. Its size puts it closer to the likes of the Skoda Yeti, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur than the models like the Nissan Qashqai or Holden Trax.
To the end of June, Suzuki has notched up 2950 year-to-date sales for the Vitara.
"[The] Vitara has come in and our more 'on-road' buyer is now buying Vitara, and we’re still selling Grand Vitara to the off-road types of customers," Moore said.
"So at this stage there’s no planned replacement for the Grand Vitara."
Above: Suzuki pegs the Grand Vitara as more of a light-duty off-roader than the smaller Vitara
The five-door Grand Vitara was given a light makeover as part of an update in late 2014, which also saw the line-up pared down to four five-door variants alongside one variant of the the largely unchanged three-door model.
The current model spread opens with the three-door Navigator 4x4 from $25,990 plus on-road costs and stretches through to the five-door Navigator and Sport models that start from $27,990 and $31,990 respectively.