Updated SUV to bring upgrades to safety and comfort, according to local boss.
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Suzuki Australia has confirmed it will bring the updated 'Series II' Vitara SUV early next year, despite the refreshed model not having been revealed yet.

Michael Pachota, general manager for Suzuki's local division, said the new model is on its way and should arrive in Australian showrooms during the first quarter of 2019.

"I can confirm, a Series II Vitara is in the plan for 2019. With further enhancements to safety and tech, coupled with attractive updates to its interior and exterior design, I am very confident it will continue to represent class leading value and sure to increase our share of the small SUV segment in Australia next year,' he said.

Going by recent reports and spy photos of camouflaged prototypes, we're expecting the upgraded Vitara line-up to offer driver assistance technologies like autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control – stuff becoming increasingly standard across competing models.

Pachota added that Vitara Series II will add some new convenience items to the mix as well, though we're not quite sure what exactly they'll be.

It's likely the powertrain line-up will carryover, with the exception of the 88kW/320Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel that powers the tops-spec RT-X. Pachota noted that the diesel will be dropped from the line-up when the updated range arrives.

Currently, the petrol-powered Vitara range consists of the 86kW/160Nm 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated four powering the base RT-S, and a 103kW/220Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four powering S Turbo models.

Design-wise the updated crossover will get revisions to the front and rear bumpers, along with updates to the lighting units at both ends.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Suzuki Vitara updates over the coming months in the lead-up to its local launch next year.