Sunday, July 5, 2009

The all new Grand Vitara from Maruti Suzuki

Yesterday, I wrote about Maruti Suzuki launching its upgraded high-end SUV, Grand Vitara. In this post, I will be writing about the car in details. I tried to find out the new Grand Vitara’s specifications but I could not find any information.

One of the global strategic models of Suzuki Motor Corp., the Grand Vitara was first launched in 1999. Since its inception, Suzuki Motor Corp. sold more than 2.5 million Grand Vitaras around the world. The high-end SUV bagged 32 awards in 16 countries. It won 6 awards in USA, 4 in Germany, 5 in Russia and 3 in Australia.


India is one of the emerging car markets of the world. Every year, more than 25,000 SUVs priced over Rs 1 million are sold in India. Maruti Suzuki was one of the players in this segment with its entry level SUV, Maruti Gypsy in the late 90s.

Unfortunately, the Grand Vitara did not so well in India. The existing Grand Vitara model in India, priced at 1.4 million, is not so stylish. Sales of the third generation five seater Grand Vitara fell to 270 vehicles in 2009 against 795 units in 2008.



Now, Maruti Suzuki is launching the revived Grand Vitara. The new Grand Vitara will compete with Honda CRV, Chevrolet Captiva, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero and Outlander, and the yet-to-be launched Skoda Yeti and Toyota’s Fortuner.


The new Grand Vitara aka GV 2.4 is not just simple facelift but a major upgrade in many ways. The old Grand Vitara was powered by 119.5 bhp 2.0 liter VIS which has been replaced by a more powerful VVT engine. The front of the 4-mode, 4-wheel drive underwent major design upgrades. The re-designed grille and front bumper gives a strong image to the car. The 17-inch alloy wheels renders a sporty look. The Multi Information Display provides easy to read and accurate vehicle information on fuel consumption, cruising range average speed, and "low-fuel" warning. The audio system includes a 6-disc CD changer coupled with an additional centre speaker on the dashboard which creates surround sound effect. The new Grand Vitara also has a sliding centre-console armrest. For greater control, the rear wheels of the new Grand Vitara are equipped with disc brakes in the rear wheels.


Engine:

Engine type: 2.4 liter Variable Valve Timing (VVT) engine.

Maximum power: 163.5 bhp@6000rpm.

Maximum torque: 225 Nm@ 4000 rpm

The new engine of the new Grand Vitara also produces lower noise, vibration and harshness(NVH). It comes in two variants: 5-speed manual transmission (5front and 1 reverse) and 4-speed automatic transmission (4 front and 1 reverse).


Price:

The new Grand Vitara with manual transmission will be priced at Rs.16.67 lakh and automatic transmission will cost Rs.17.97 lakh.


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