In the second half of 2008, the Suzuki Grand Vitara was given a facelift and two new engines. A 2. 4L inline four is offered producing 124 kW (169 PS; 166 hp) of power and 221 N⋅m (163 lb⋅ft) of torque. The previous 2. 7L Suzuki V6 is replaced with a GM sourced 3. 2L V6 built by Holden in Australia. The V6 is only offered in the flagship prestige model which produces 165 kW (224 PS; 221 hp) of power and 284 N⋅m (209 lb⋅ft) of torque. Fuel economy has also been improved with the addition of VVT to both engines and the 1. 9L Turbo-Diesel has also received some mechanical work improving its economy. Safety has also been improved with more air-bags and traction control being standard on all models. The four mode four-wheel-drive system is also available on all models. It features a lockable central differential along with low ratio gears.
Subtle improvements were made on the exterior of the car such as indicators in the door mirrors and a more pronounced front grille and bumper. The interior also saw a lot of more aesthetically pleasing changes.