November 23, 2015: Suzuki Vitara has been spied at a Maruti-Suzuki premises (presumably) in Noida. There are 3 Vitaras that appear to be the European spec vehicles of the compact SUV and they are probabaly brought here to be showcased at the upcoming 2016 Indian Auto Expo. The car was first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show that took place early this year. While, it is based upon the iV-4 concept that was revealed back in 2013 and carries a contemporary boxy styling. It carries slight resemblance to the old Grand Vitara that is currently available in the country. On the outside it gets a clamshell bonnet, projector headlamps, contrasting roof, understated lower air dam, chrome grille, indented tail lamps and large graphite alloy wheels. In European markets, it is powered by a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder petrol motor that produces a decent 120 bhp, while the option of the 1.6-litre 320 Nm diesel engine is also available (same as S-Cross). With the petrol motor, it gets a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic options, whereas the diesel motor gets only the 6-speed manual option.
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Maruti Suzuki is a well known automobile manufacturer, which is highly famed for their vehicles in all the segments of the car market. Its stable is never out of new designs and it always have its entry in each and every department of the car bazaar. Our country's car market especially are fond of the cars this company makes, and its name is always associated with quality and trust, be it sales or even the their after sales service. This has immensely improved the customer base of this company and therefore it has expanding its territory ever since even into other global markets as well. This multi national company has a great model in its store, which is an SUV and is known as Maruti Grand Vitara . This utility vehicle has all the necessary features that can be expected of an offering from its category and is much acclaimed for keeping up to the standards and expectations of the company as well. This being a vehicle which is also used by quite a lot of off-road commuters, has been given justice by the designers as it is provided with a massive storage capacity, which is very useful for long journeys. It has a boot capacity of humble 398 litres, which can be conveniently increased to a whopping 1386 litres to the maximum by folding the rear seats. It has a mileage of approximately 9-10 Kmpl on the highways, which goes down when in the city limits owing to the peak traffic and idling of this vehicle. Its pick up is quite impressive for having the ability to breach the 100 Kmph mark in just about 9 seconds. The automatic transmission trim has a better advantage in generating speed owing to smoother changing of gears. The appearance of this SUV is very stylish as the company designers have done a splendid job on it. This can be attributed to its body colored bumpers on either side, the outside door handles, the exteriors mirrors layered in the body color, a classy set of alloy wheels giving the outer structure a unified look. The rear tail gate opens quite wide to take in lot of things in it. There is a logo of SUZUKI on the wheel cover, which has a spare wheel wrapped into it. Furthermore, its wheelbase of 2640mm has resulted in making spacious leg room for all its occupants. When it comes to the insides of the cabin, its seating is wrapped up within a fabric upholstery, which looks decent and feels smooth. The inside trims are given a chrome garnish, which makes it look rich. A lot of storage space in the cabin is offered by fitting couple of cup holders and bottle holders plus many storage pockets to the seats as well as the doors. There is a spacious glove box to keep in quite a few things at hand, which can be used while driving. The luggage room too is offered with accessories like hooks and storage nets for additional convenience. The safety aspect of this vehicle has been taken care of by the company to the utmost level. To begin with, the braking mechanism is further enhanced by the anti lock braking system along with an electronic brake force distribution mechanism as well. Additionally, the car maker has also bestowed this utility vehicle with brake assist that further adds to the stability of the drive. Features like an advanced engine immobilizer, dual front airbags for added protection of the front passengers and a head impact protection system are also included. All these aspects put together makes this SUV one of the safest and most comfortable vehicle to travel in.
The appearance of this SUV series is very trendy and has many elements that make it look quite stylish. There are multi-reflectors plus halogen projector headlamps too fitted at the front of the vehicle. The headlamps have a leveling function available to them. There are a pair of fog lamps offered at the front as well as to the rear part of the cabin. These lamps help have a better visibility in the foggy climate conditions. Furthermore, the rear windscreen has an integrated defogger to it. All the doors are fitted with green tinted windows. The outside rear view mirrors are in body color and these can be electrically adjustable as well from inside. The side profile is further enhanced by layering the outside door handles in body color, making the entire body look uniform and classy. There are bumpers in the front as well as in the rear which are painted in tune with the color of the body. This enriches the overall appeal of this SUV as it unifies the look. The windscreen is quite large and is fitted with a pair of wipers and they additionally have been integrated with a high and low, two speed variable intermittent and a washer as well. While the rear windshield is equipped with a one speed intermittent single wiper that also has a washer too. This is offered with a set of aluminum alloy wheels that are 17 inches in size and are covered with tubeless radials. And additionally, a spare wheel is also offered that has a full cover provided too, which has a SUZUKI logo on it. The rear end also has a licence plate console along with the regular variant badging, a well lit up tail light cluster that also has side turn indicators in it. The tail gate handle is in body color and the bumper also has a pair of reflectors on it as well.
The appearance of this vehicle is very robust and has measures decent enough for a SUV. It has an impressive length of 4500mm and a width of 1810mm. It stands at a height of 1695mm. The wheelbase is of 2640mm while it has a ground clearance of 200mm.
The inside compartment of this series is well furbished with many elements, which make the cabin a resourceful place to rely, while driving. To start with, ample lighting is offered by equipping center room lamp and rear room light, which has three positions. But the boot lamp has been given two positions. A map lamp in the front cabin is fitted for additional assistance. Sun visor on the driver's side is offered with a ticket holder, whereas the passenger side sun visor has a vanity mirror fitted to it. The front windscreen is tinted, which helps in avoiding the direct glare of the other oncoming cars. A day and night inside rear view mirror is fixed as a standard feature. For providing good storage space, four cup holders are offered, of which two are fitted into the front part of the cabin, while the other two are fixed at the rear end. Two bottle holders are available for the front passengers as well. There is a center console box which has a storage in it as well. The inside door opener as well as the gear shift knob is given a silver garnish. The seating is well furnished with rich fabric upholstery which gives comfort to the occupants. And then, there are two headrests fitted to the front seats and three headrests are fixed to the rear bench, which are a comfort factor to the occupants. The driver seat as well as the co-passenger seats have been attached with back pockets. The rear seats have a reclining function to them, which is a great convenience to the rear passengers. The rear seats have a 60:40 split folding option available to them. The floor console has a storage compartment available to it. The front console armrests have a sliding function to them additionally. The rear seat has been fitted with a center armrest as well. The front passenger has been offered with assist grips as an additional comfort whereas two assist grips as well as coat hooks too are offered for the rear occupants. There are fabric inserts fitted into the front and rear door trims for better look. Moreover, these door trims are have been offered with storage pockets for additional stuffing. The boot space too has storage pockets attached. Additionally, the tailgate too has pockets offered making this vehicle brimming with immense storage capacity in the interiors too. There is a parcel shelf at the rear and furthermore, it has a spare wheel, which is fitted in the space given under the floor of the boot compartment, with all the other tools required to change a flat tyre. The boot compartment has additionally fitted with hooks for extra baggage holding.
This SUV series is bestowed with responsive power steering, which is a blessing to any driver as it reduces the effort in driving. Further, it is supported with tilt adjustable function, which is an added benefit. All the doors, both front as well as the rear doors have power windows. And additionally the driver side window has an auto down function enabled switch as well. The central locking facility is offered in this vehicle and a switch for it is provided on the driver side arm rest as well. These remote controlled door locks are given an answer back function to them with a hazard lamp. When it comes to the cabin temperature, an automatic climate control is available, which regulates the cabin condition automatically owing to the well placed vents. It also has a digital display available for the air conditioning unit, where the temperature setting can be done with ease. It additionally has a pollen filter function to it, which cleanses the air in the cabin. The audio unit which is integrated into this cabin has Aux-in terminal to it. It is complimented with four speakers which are fitted evenly to distribute the sound equally in the compartment, while additionally two tweeters are also provided. Furthermore, there is a sub woofer and a center speaker. It has a six CD changer in the dashboard along with an MP3 player plus WMA . The digital audio display has a clock too to it. The steering wheel has an illumination which has audio controls mounted over it. There are two 12V accessory sockets which are fitted to the central console and one power socket in the boot compartment. These power sockets can be accessed for charging electronic devices, while driving as well. An additional automated function that the driver is provided is a remote fuel lid opener. The side air conditioning vents are painted in silver. The shifting hole bezel is also layered in chrome.
It is spacious enough and can accommodate five occupants comfortably. It has an impressive boot space, of which when the rear seat back is raised, the space is 398 litres. It is increased to 758 litres, if the seat back is folded and can be further increased to about 1386 litres maximum. It has a fuel tank which can contain about 66 litres within it.
This 2.4-litre VVT based engine is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box in the lower end variant and a four speed automatic transmission gear box in the top end trim. It additionally has a drive by wire technology, which provides flexibility to the acceleration. It can attain a maximum speed of about 190 Kmph and has a potential to breach the 100 Kmph mark within 9 seconds which is quite good for this segment.
This model is integrated with a 2.2-litre, ViS petrol engine, which has a capacity to displace 2393cc. It has four cylinders and sixteen valves that are based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. It has the ability to produce a maximum power of 163.5bhp at 6000rpm and can generate a peak torque output of 224Nm at 4000rpm. It is integrated with a five speed manual transmission gear box in the lower variant and a four speed automatic transmission gear box in the high end variant. It is equipped with a variable valve technology, which helps in improving power output. A variable induction system (VIS) is offered in this vehicle to improve the engine delivery in terms of performance. It has a drive by wire based accelerator control. It is in compliance with the BS-IV emission norms.
The SUV series has been integrated with a performance packed VIS induction system based 2393cc petrol engine. It is also equipped with a MPFI (multi point fuel injection) based distribution system. This utility vehicle can squeeze out a mileage of about 10 Kmpl on freeways. Whereas within the city, it settles down with a 7 Kmpl fuel consumption, when driven under standard conditions.
The company has equipped this masculine looking SUV series with a power packed engine, which has four cylinders that further have been fitted with 16 valves. The fuel supply system is quite proficient and this engine also has a dual overhead based camshaft. All this put together makes this petrol mill to churn out a peak power output of 163.5bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a maximum torque yield of 225Nm, which is at 4000rpm. It also has a drive by wire accelerator control along with a variable valve timing based mechanism that further aids in enhancing its performance.
It is integrated with an audio system which has a Aux-in terminal and an antenna too is fitted onto this SUV. It further has a six CD changer in its dashboard with an MP3 player and a WMA (windows media audio). Additionally, it has an audio display too with it, which makes it easy to see which track is playing. The audio controls are mounted onto the the steering wheel for added convenience to the driver. There are four speakers offered out of which two are fitted at front and two at the rear and along with it two tweeters too are provided as well. Furthermore, a sub woofer and a center speaker too are available. This vehicle can be customized with additional accessories such as stylish body decals, lower claddings, side skirts, wheel arch flarings, door visors, nudge guards and a few other add ons.
One of the most crucial aspect of any vehicles is its braking and suspension department. This vehicle is also equipped with an efficient suspension mechanism, which consists of a McPherson strut to its front axle. On the other hand, the rear axle is fitted with multi-link type of system for better balance. The front as well as the rear wheels are fitted with a set of disc brakes, which add to better handling of this vehicle. Furthermore, the braking system is equipped with advanced functions like an anti lock braking system along with an electronic brake force distribution. This braking is additionally supported with a brake assist, which can be a great support system to the driving for having a better control over the vehicle.
It has a very proficient braking mechanism as it is equipped with an anti lock braking system along with an electronic brake force distribution. This is additionally enhanced by a brake assist system as well. For the protection of the front occupants, the driver and the co-passenger, a set of airbags are fitted, which have a supplimental restraint system. The head restraints are given a collision absorbing function to them. This vehicle has a specifically designed brake pedal which reduces the possibilities of leg injuries. Both the front and rear seats have seat belts with a three point energy load reduction, whereas the front ones have got pretensioners, force limiters as well as height adjusters. The rear doors are integrated with child locks, which abstains the child from opening the door or falling off during the drive. The engine freezing mechanism, when any tampering is detected with the vehicle is the system of engine immobilizer and it is integrated into this vehicle. A high mount stop lamp is fixed at the rear end which helps other vehicles coming from behind in noticing the presence of this SUV even from far off distances. There are side impact door beams offered for both the front and rear doors as well. Furthermore, it has automatic shift and key interlocks available in this vehicle.
This SUV is equipped with a set of 17 inch wheels of size 225/65 R17. These alloy rims add much glamor to the style quotient of the entire vehicle. It is fitted with tubeless radial tyres for additional benefit. The SUZUKI logo cover is wrapped over the spare tyre which is fitted on the tail gate.
1. Braking system is very efficient.
2. Storage space is very resourceful.
3. Decked with good music system.
4. Ample notifications are available on the instrument cluster.
5. Lighting is offered very generously.
1. Mileage is not impressive.
2. Exteriors can be improvised.
3. Absence of Bluetooth connectivity.
4. Ground clearance is less.
5. Leather upholstery can be added.