What is it?
An upgraded Suzuki Grand Vitara with an enlarged 2.4-litre petrol engine, developed from the 2.0-litre unit in the previous model.
The engine now has a balancer shaft built into the oil pump to save space.
It produces 164bhp and 166lb ft of torque, but Suzuki has managed to improve the fuel economy so that this car has identical CO2 emissions to its predecessor.
What is it like?
Rearwards visibility in the three-door is heavily restricted by the width of the B-pillar, but with its permanent four-wheel drive, low-ratio transfer box, 1444kg kerbweight and civilised road manners, the three-door Grand Vitara car is almost in a segment of its own.
The steering and pedals are supermini-light - the lack of brake pedal feel is almost unnerving - but allow yourself five minutes to acclimatise and it's easy to hussle the Suzuki along at sensible hatchback speeds.
The 47:53 torque split and excellent chassis geometry mean that it is considerably better behaved in corners than many of its larger, longer and more expensive siblings.
There are a few notable low points, however. At 184 litres with the seats up, the boot is far from spacious, and with a tall driver there's precious little legroom for passengers in the back seats either.
Tall drivers also suffer, as the steering - quite incredibly - has no reach adjustment and the seat reclining mechanism is operated by a lever/ratchet.
ESP is now fitted as standard to all Grand Vitaras, but despite the size and prominence of the over-ride button - large and mounted in the middle of the dashboard - it can only be disabled when the centre diff is locked.
Should I buy one?
Power and refinement improve, but this is still a car with limited market appeal. The engine's new-found refinement and zest add appeal, but in the end this quirky 4x4 is a car in search of a niche.