Happy 30th Anniversary to The Vitara.

After 20 years of building their iconic Jimny model, Suzuki took the dramatic step and created an entirely new type of off road vehicle that was unlike anything else in the 80's.

The first generation Vitara weighed just 1,000kg and utilised a ladder-frame chassis with simple, refined suspension. Manoeuvrability was ensured from its wheelbase of 2,200mm and the availability of a three door as well as a five door started a new trend in 4x4 designs.

The Vitara debuted in May 1988 in first generation form as a visionary pioneer of a compact SUV with authentic design and continues its success story today as an ideal vehicle for both daily mobility and weekend adventures.

The Vitara is sold in 191 Countries and Regions around the world and cumulative sales passed 3.65 million units in March of this year. It is currently the best selling Suzuki model in the UK range with a choice of 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine for the S model or 1.6-litre petrol for the SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5 models. ALLGRIP Four wheel drive is available on SZ-T, SZ5 and S models and incorporates four selectable modes which are Auto, Snow, Sport and Lock.

For further details of the Vitara S model, you can check out our review - here.