50 years after his birth, the all-wheel drive of Suzuki is more current than ever and is one of the pillars of the brand. Through five decades of constant evolution, the current AllGrip drive has known adapt to different types of car and has reached five segments (compact, urban, off-road, SUV and Crossover) and all Suzuki models sold in Spain: Swift, Ignis, Jimny, Vitara and S-Cross. Thanks to this, Suzuki has brought 4×4 traction to all audiences and at a reasonable price. In fact, the Suzuki Swift 1.2L 4×4 Mild Hybrid (unique in its segment) and Ignis 1.2L 4×4 Mild Hybrid are the two most accessible all-wheel drive models of those sold in the Spanish market.
Suzuki’s commitment to all-wheel drive began in the late 60s of the last century, when the need to create a small, efficient, simple and light SUV was observed. In 1970 the Suzuki LJ10 Jimny was presented, which measured less than three meters in length, weighed only 600 kg, had 3 seats and had a 2-stroke engine of 360 cm3 and 25 HP. These dimensions and dimensions, together with an all-wheel-drive system that can be connected with a reduction gear and the rigid double axle, made it an efficient off-road vehicle. He could climb trialeras, enter deep forests and advance through narrow paths without disheveled.
The success of the first Jimny was immediate and during the 70s it evolved, gaining power and capacity. The world needed Jimny and exports began with the arrival of better benefits. More powerful engines and three bodies arrived: open, closed and pickup.
The 80s, another myth is born: the Vitara
Suzuki was ahead of its time in introducing the Vitara at the 1988 Tokyo Motor Show, creating a car that laid the foundation for the SUV concept that is so fashionable today. This visionary model brought all-wheel drive to a new type of car, more comfortable, friendly and efficient in the city and on the road than conventional SUVs.
The Suzuki Vitara has four-wheel drive in its genes and throughout its three decades of life it has remained faithful to the original idea. Today it is the only SUV in its class that has a true four-wheel drive system and offers a true 4×4 spirit.
In the eighties (1981) also came the second generation of the Jimny, the SJ 410, with a more current style, the same light and efficient philosophy, and an eye toward export. In 1983 the SJ 413 was launched, already with a 1.3-liter engine, 5-speed gearbox and an improved interior that established the brand in new markets. This model began to be produced under license in Spain from 1985. In 1988 the Samurai appeared, with wider tracks and better behavior; and soon after, the Long Body, with 58 centimeters more in length.
90s, unprecedented success of the Vitara
In the 90s the Vitara exceeded all expectations for sales worldwide. Throughout its history, more than 3 million units of this car have been marketed, marketed in 190 countries and five continents, and manufactured in three.
The range is expanding and in 1991 the 4-meter, five-door long body was launched. New engines such as the 1.6i 16-valve 97 hp or the 2.5-liter V6 improve its capabilities and comfort. The 1.9TD engine arrived in Europe in 1996. Production of this generation of the Vitara would take five years.
The year 1998 was very important for the Suzuki 4×4 range, because two new models were presented: Grand Vitara and Jimny. The former brought a sleeker design and greater interior capacity, while keeping Suzuki’s 4×4 heritage intact with its separate chassis, pluggable traction and capable suspensions. The third-generation Jimny had spring suspension, which increased the wheel travel compared to the previous SJ; and it had a connectable traction system in motion. Jimny’s successful design allowed it to be on the market for 20 years, with slight updates, until 2018.
2000s, all-wheel drive crossovers arrive
Suzuki perfected the original concept with the second generation of the Grand Vitara, launched in 2005. With a sportier and more attractive design, it was offered with an extensive range of engines and a connectable 4×4 drive system with different driving modes.
In 2003 Suzuki innovates once again presenting a 4×4 version of the small Ignis crossover. Crossovers take hold in the Suzuki range with the launch of the SX4 in 2005. All-wheel drive also extends to other types of cars, and in 2009 a saloon like the Suzuki Kizashi also benefits from this technology.
Decade of 2010: total commitment to 4x4s
In this decade a new generation of the Vitara is born, which remains faithful to the original spirit and all-wheel drive. There is also a new generation of the pure SUV: the Jimny; and the Ignis, S-Cross and Swift, which becomes the only all-wheel drive model in the B segment.
Suzuki’s 4×4 drive systems are grouped under the name All Grip and three variants of this system are created to better adapt to different lifestyles and types of cars. The Suzuki Ignis and Swift assemble the simple and efficient All Grip AUTO system. The Vitara and S-Cros have the All Grip SELECT, which allows you to select through a command between four programs: Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock. And the Jimny SUV boasts the All Grip PRO with reducer.