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The Suzuki Vitara S has been introduced for the UK market, a few months after the regular fourth-generation model was introduced in the country. The new B-segment SUV first broke cover at last year’s Paris Motor Show, after a 16-year absence.

Set to go on sale in the UK from January 2016, the Suzuki Vitara S packs a 1.4 litre Boosterjet direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The mill provides 140 PS and 220 Nm of torque, which is 20 PS and 64 Nm more than the 1.6 litre four-cylinder M16A mill (the D16AA diesel makes the same power as the M16A, but kicks out 320 Nm) that is currently offered for the SUV in the UK.

The Boosterjet engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with the option of a six-speed automatic as well. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a now-standard (optional on SZ5 variant) Allgrip all-wheel drive system with four driver-selectable modes – Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock.

Regardless of transmission choice, 0-100 km/h is accomplished in 10.2 seconds, while the top speed is 200 km/h. However, CO2 emissions for the manual transmission is recorded at 127 grams per kilometre while the automatic is just 1 gram per kilometre higher. Fuel economy is claimed to be 4.5 litres per 100 km.

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The S model introduces a few exterior changes to make it stand out. This includes 17-inch black alloy wheels, a new grille design, silver door mirrors, LED headlights with red projector covers, rear upper spoiler and black side body mouldings.

Inside, the Suzuki Vitara S introduces red interior stitching, red accents for the air-con vents and instruments, plus aluminium alloy pedals. The equipment list is also bumped up with an upgraded DAB infotainment system that now supports smartphone connectivity and navigation, automatic air-con and all-round electric windows.

Seven airbags also come as standard here (dual frontal, sides, curtains and knee), and the driver now benefits from radar brake support and adaptive cruise control (with speed limiter). Rounding things up are a list of colour options that include Bright Red, Cool White Pearl, Galactic Grey and Cosmic Black.

Prices for the Suzuki Vitara S in the UK start from £20,899 (RM133,199) for models fitted with the manual transmission, while the automatic version is priced from £22,249 (RM141,808). In Malaysia, the third-generation Suzuki Grand Vitara is offered with a 138 hp/183 Nm 2.0 litre J20A four-cylinder petrol engine and a four-speed automatic transmission for RM117,680.

GALLERY: Suzuki Vitara at the 2014 Paris Motor Show