8 December,2012: Suzuki unveiled the Grand Vitara facelift version in the Japanese market in July 2012 and since then this version in Australia,Russia and China. Finally the Japanese auto major has launched the newfangled Grand Vitara in UK. The vehicle is launched with a full spare wheel with 225/70 tire on the tailgate which increases the length of the vehicle by 200mm on the five door models and 170mm on three door models.The cabin area bells and whistles have been borrowed from Ritz, SX4 and Swift. The seat design is trimmed and a 6.1 inch touchscreen Colour Navigation System have got on board. The music system supports CD, radio, SD card, media player connected via the USB port as well as Bluetooth streaming. The 1.9L DDiS engine is tweaked to increase the fuel efficiency and reduce environmental emission. The price is marked as £15,995 (Rs.13.96 Lakh). Maruti Suzuki India is mulling to locally produce this vehicle in future and is speculated to launch in the year 2013. Whether the 1.9L DDiS engine is going to make it to the Indian shores is still speculated, however the Vitara facelift is definitely going to heat up the already boiling SUV market.
Maruti Grand Vitara, the complete off-roader from India’s largest passenger carmaker Maruti Suzuki India, was launched in the year 2009. The SUV is also known by the name of Escudo in various other countries. The car is something worth to talk about as it has set some records of its own; thanks to the performance, compulsive and comprehensive list of comfort features it carries. Since launched in the Indian market, the roadster has faced tough challenges from Tata Safari, Honda CRV, Mahindra Scorpio and Ford Endeavour in the segment.
Maruti Grand Vitara incorporates advance powerhouse of 2.4L four cylinders 16V DOHC Petrol Engine producing massive 164 bhp of power @ 6000 rpm and 222 Nm of peak torque @ 4000 rpm. The powerful engine comes mated with either five-speed manual or automatic transmission option. The engine is coupled with advanced intercooler that keeps the powerhouse under control. Powertrain also consists of variable valve timing (VVT) and variable induction system (VIS) which optimizes torque and increasing acceleration. Looking upon the details of the engine, the car seems to be unstoppable in making fame across India and giving tough call to its counterparts. The splendid and powerful Maruti Grand Vitara is variably known for its excellent mileage statistics where it undoubtedly beats up most of its rivals in the segment. As per the ARAI figures, the powerful engine is also frugal in terms of mileage delivering 7 kmpl in the urban conditions and around 10 kmpl on major routes. The figure is same in both automatic and manual transmission variants, which is a shrewd strategy of the company to attract the conservative mass as much possible.
As it looks bold and dynamic from the power and performance point of view, same treatment is given to the exteriors. The sheer strength can be seen at the front fascia that consists of aggressive headlamps which are imposing and gigantic. The massive front grille is treated with strong chrome and carbon fiber that appears superior in class and much more revered when the bulky bumper takes place just beneath it with embedded fog lamps. The steel bumper protector shows off its style statement with extra illuminated fog lamps standing upright. The car has a bonnet scoop which cannot be found in other co-evals of its segment with extravagant height and massive structure. The bonnet is streamlined and has very dramatic layout with its low drag intake design skillfully managing the aerodynamic of the car and keeping it cool and free from unnecessary heat by taking in air to the intercooler in the engine. Rear of the car comes as a delight with vertically stacked tail lamps cluster, high mounted stop lamp, rear fog lamps, body matching tailgate and rear windows washer and demister. Side profile looks elegant with fine illuminated footsteps and stylish and bulky door handles with firm gripping allows you to open the doors without applying much effort. The SUV comes loaded with a pair of dual tone outside rear view mirrors which are powered electrically and very responsive from cabin controls. Grand Vitara comes in variety of graceful colors such as Phoenix Red, Bluish Black Pearl, Clear Beige, Pearl White, Nocturnal Blue and Silky Silver.
The bold and beautiful Grand Vitara is enclosed with luxury and features of calmness. The incredible touch of the beautiful leather upholstery is fascinating and brings a lot of peace and calm from the repetitive routines of everyday life. The power steering wheel seems to be the coolest part of the cabin with audio mounted controls and Bluetooth compatibility making access convenient. Whether we want volume modulation, selection of our favorite songs or receiving calls, the multifunctional steering makes the task easy for us. The cabin reflects the absolute concept of craftsmanship in this SUV. The voluminous glove box has lot of space for storage of utilities. The car has various storage sections besides glove box such as cup and bottle holders. Seats highlight the comfort level inside the car with plenty of room to stretch your body along with superb folding capacity. The leather attired seats gives support to your shoulders, thighs and back. Arm rests are adequate ensuring comfy trip no matter what pace you follow. The center console is loaded with newer stereo system with CD/MP3/USB and AUX-In support enhancing music experience on the go. Extra luxury comfort features include silver interior garnishes, dual sun visors, rear coat hooks, headlamp leveling device, chrome shifting hole bezel, etc.
Apart from all above mentioned, the car comes laden with tons of safety features that outlast any other fine opponent that comes in the way. There are dual SRS airbags, all-wheel disc brakes for advance braking and driving control. Also included is keyless entry system, central locking, ABS with EBD, brake assist, park assist, engine immobilizer, etc. Overall the car is decent package of power, performance, luxury and safety with marvelous driving embracing anything that it stumbles upon with superb control. Pricing in India starts at INR 22.68 lakhs for the manual transmission variant while the automatic transmission variant comes at a price tag of INR 24.60 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). A diesel variant is soon to be launched with the expected price tag of around INR 15 lakhs.
This is the base model of the SUV which comes with 2.4 litre VVT engine along with 5 speed manual gearbox....
This variant is powered by the same engine of MT version and has all the features of the later one except the 4 speed AT gearbox cruising range display and AT shifts and key inter-locks....
The Maruti Grand Vitara is powered by a 2.4 litre, 2393cc, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC, VVT, ViS petrol engine, it produces a top power of 163.5 bhp at 6,000 rpm and churns out a peak torque of 225 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine is coupled with a 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmission (in top end variant) which is powered by drive by wire technology. The variable valve timing (VVT) technology is responsible for higher torque output and better fuel efficiency; the engine is also mated with MPFI fuel distribution system for the same reason. With the efforts of all these fuel promising technologies, the Maruti Grand Vitara delivers 7 kmpl of mileage in city and 10 kmpl on highways.
The strong SUV of Maruti, Maruti Grand Vitara comes loaded with a powerful 2.4 litre, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC, VVT, VIS petrol engine that is strong enough to deliver 163.5 bhp of top power at 6,000 rpm and pumps out highest torque of 225 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated with 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic gearboxes (in top end variant) that are incorporated with drive by wire technology. To get more power, torque and acceleration, the engine is coupled with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and Variable Induction System (VIS). The SUV comes with an all time 4X4 drive system that ensures power to front and rear wheels for different kind of terrains.
One of the exciting SUV in India, Maruti Grand Vitara has got strong heart under its hood that is a 2.4 litre VVT engine. It is also incorporated with 4 cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC, VIS technology. The engine is coupled with a five speed gearbox and a 4 speed automatic transmission (in top end variant) with drive by wire technology that ensures agile acceleration. The engine can lay out a max power of 163.5 bhp at 6,000 rpm and pumps out a peak torque of 225 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine is incorporated with variable valve timing (VVT) and variable induction system (VIS) that works for amazing torque and results in increased acceleration.
The Maruti Grand Vitara is a completely built unit (CBU) imported right from Japan and launched in India: it is the only SUV offered in the country by the top Indian car maker Maruti Udyog Ltd. The SUV has distinctive design cues and looks like a big brother of Maruti's Jypsy. The SUV has great capabilities both on and off road which is why it is the ultimate choice of fun-loving drivers.
The front view of the Maruti Grand Vitara is really muscular and bigger that gives the feel of a truly hard machine. Front components are positioned right at the flat nose which smartly houses multi-reflector halogen projector head lamps for extra illumination road ahead, honey-comb front grille with centrally placed SUZUKI logo in chrome finish, lower grille and front fog lamps above the body colour bumper. From the front view, higher ground clearance of the vehicle is clearly visible. Maruti Grand Vitara has got a smaller front windscreen but the visibility is wider as the hood is kept lowered. The windscreen comes with high/low two speed variable intermittent and washer as well.
The Maruti Grand Vitara features body colour rear view mirrors (ORVMs) that are electrically adjustable for the convenience of the driver. The SUV has been provided with larger wheel arches that houses 17 inch long tyres; though; it has a pretty good gap between wheel arches and the tyres that makes cornering very easy. The side view of the Maruti Grand Vitara is just general which has body colour door handles, green tinted windows and large side skirts with bold lines.
The aggressive front view's reflection is felt when turning towards the rear side of the Maruti Grand Vitara. The tail side has got vertically stacked tail lamps cluster, spare tyre, high mounted stop lamp, body colour bumper, body match tailgate handle, rear fog lamps, one speed intermittent wiper and washer and rear window demister.
The Maruti Grand Vitara is the only SUV from Maruti Udyog that has capacity to accommodate five passenger at a time. The overall length of the SUV is 4500mm, width 1810mm and height of 1695mm. Front and rear track is of 1540 and 1570mm respectively; it has a great ground clearance of 200mm and a wheelbase of 2640mm.
The interior design of the Maruti Grand Vitara is no doubt a combination of classic and modern design job that is visible from its dashboard entities and advanced car features. The dashboard integrates instrument panel with a Multi-information Display (MID); a centre speaker at the top of the centrally located AC vents, new digital instrument panel, in dash 6 CD changer with AUX terminal. The instrument panel design uses the conventional method of three dials, it houses speedometer, tachometer and MID; the MID display in speedometer with illumination control displays low fuel warning, average speed, instantaneous mileage, average fuel consumption, odometer, cruising range, gear position (in AT variant), outside temperature and door ajar warning.
The Maruti Grand Vitara comes with three spoke urethane steering wheel that is tilt and powered; it also has illuminated audio controls that enhance the view of the SUV. The inside cabin has a series of illumination codes such as front map light, 3 position centre room light & 3 position rear room light, 2 position luggage area light, key cylinder with illuminated ring. A lot of storage space is provided in the cabin at various places.
The Maruti Garnd Vitara is decorated with silver finish inside door opener, silver garnish shift knob, rich fabric seat upholstery, front and rear door trims with fabric accents. Other interior features include dual sun visors, driver and passenger side ticket holder and vanity mirror in sun visors, sun shade print on front windshield, day/night rear view mirror, centre console box, driver side foot rest, etc.
Maruti India has offered the Maruti Grand Vitara with a large number of comfort features that might not be possible to have on finger tips. In other words, I can say that overall comfort of the occupants is kept in mind when launching it in India. The SUV has been gifted with two seat rows; the front cabin has driver side seat height adjuster, both front seats has got head restraints; front passenger assist grip, driver seat belt warning indicator. The rear seat row of the Maruti Grand Vitara is 60:40 split tumble-folding with three head restraints, centre armrest, assist grip and coat hooks.
The SUV-Maruti Grand Vitara-comes equipped with numerous storage space inside that includes front and rear cup-holders (two each side), 2 front bottle holders, driver and passenger side seat back pockets, floor console with sliding type armrests and storage compartment, front and rear door trims with storage pockets, luggage area storage pockets, tailgate storage pockets, luggage room under floor compartment, luggage room shelf, etc.
The Maruti Grand Vitara comes with tilt and power steering wheel that helps to improve driving comfort, it also has got mounted audio controls. The car has been blessed with front and rear electric windows that are auto drive down. There are more comfort features included in the superb machine such as central door locking switch, remote controlled door locks with hazard lamp answer back function, light-off key reminder, steering lock, 4 convenience hooks, 2 accessories sockets in central console area and 1 at luggage area, remote fuel lid opener.
The only SUV of Maruti, Maruti Grand Vitara comes loaded with a 2.4 litre, 2393cc, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC, VVT, ViS petrol engine that is able to belt out a max power of 163.5 bhp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 224 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It is mated with a 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmission (in top end variant) powered by drive by wire technology for greater acceleration. The variable valve technology (VVT) works for greater torque and fuel efficiency; it also gives the vehicle better off-roading character. The company has also incorporated an innovative Variable Induction System (VIS) that improves engine performance. There is an all time 4X4 mode that gives four choices according to the terrain; the modes work for normal driving, medium off roading, when the vehicle is in mud, sand or snow and towing.
The audio system is much advanced that is comprised of AUX terminal, 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, sub-woofer and centre speaker, 6 CD in dash with MP3 player plus WMA, digital audio display with clock and illuminated steering wheel audio control.
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The Maruti Grand Vitara comes with standard AC with climate control, pollen filter, the AC vents are located at the dashboard. The AC control are now in digital mode at control panel in the dash.
The Maruti Grand Vitara is assembled with 17 inch wheels and 225/65 tyres that help the vehicle to run on any kind of terrain. The 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels give it sporty look. The tyres are tubeless and radial. The spare tyre can be covered with company tyre cover with SUZUKI logo.
The Maruti Grand Vitara is equipped with disc brakes at front and rear that ensure instant halting of the car and help to safeguard the occupants. The braking system is also mated with Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic brake-force distribution EBD along with brake assist that collectively works for dynamic braking power and handling.
The SUV-Maruti Grand Vitara- has been fitted with sound suspension system that promises better ride and handling; the front forks are McPherson Strut type and rear forks are multi-link type. It also has wider wheelbase that is 2640mm long with 200 mm of ground clearance for better off-roading capabilities.
For handling the Maruti Grand Vitara with ease and safely, the company has incorporated an array of handling assisting and safety features. The SUV comes loaded with both sides disc brakes along with ABS with EBD and brake assist. One of the most exciting feature in the SUV is all time 4X4 mode that can be used by a knob for different terrains; in all modes, power is sent to front and rear wheel equally. The four switching modes are 4 high, 4 high lock, 4 low lock and neutral. The 4 high mode is there for normal driving in which the central differential remains on while the 4 high lock mode can be selected for medium off-roading, wherein the central differential rest in locked mode. In the same way, if the vehicle sticks in mud, sand or snow, the driver has the 4 low lock mode in which the power is sent to front and rear wheel equally but after increasing the torque using a traction enhancer. The neutral mode is used when your vehicle has to tow some other vehicle; this time the power is not sent to any wheel and central differential is unlocked.
The Maruti Grand Vitara carries all the safeguards that can be found in any premium luxury car. It is armoured with SRS Dual front air bags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, head impact protection structure, foot protection design for brake pedal, front seat belts (3 point ELR seatbelts with pretensioner, force limiter with height adjusters), 3 point ELE rear seat belts, child proof rear door locks, immobiliser, high mounted stop lamp, dead locks, AT Shift and key inter-lock (only in AT variant), front and rear doors with side impact door beams.
Maruti Grand Vitara Pros :
Huge Fuel Tank Capacity of 66 liter, Grand luxury SUV look, Beautiful interior look, Value for Money SUV, Great off-roading capabilities powered by all time 4X4 mode.
Maruti Grand Vitara Cons :
No leather seats available, Parking Problems due to huge size, Difficult ride in crowded traffic, Cheap quality plastic used in interiors.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|7.2||10.4||163.5bhp @ 6000rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|6.12||9.24||163.5bhp @ 6000rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
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