New Grand Vitara Unveiled As First Maruti Car With Strong-hybrid Powertrain

Modified On Jul 21, 2022 11:24 AM By Rohit for Maruti Grand Vitara

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The 2022 Grand Vitara will go on sale in September with prices expected to start from Rs 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom)

  • The Grand Vitara is Maruti’s version of the Toyota Hyryder.

  • Maruti will offer the SUV in six trims: Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Zeta+ and Alpha+ (last two for the strong-hybrid powertrain).

  • Exterior highlights include all-LED lighting with tri-LED NEXA DRL elements and 17-inch alloy wheels.

  • Inside, its cabin layout is similar to the Toyota Hyryder, but gets a different dual-tone theme.

  • The SUV gets a panoramic sunroof and a digital driver display, a first for a Maruti car.

  • To be offered with both mild-hybrid and strong-hybrid powertrains, with AWD option for mild-hybrid MT.

  • No diesel engine on offer.

  • Maruti will commence production of the SUV in August.

The new Maruti Grand Vitara has been revealed in its entirety and it will be replacing the S-Cross in the marque’s NEXA lineup. It becomes the carmaker's new flagship offering in India and the first model in its lineup to get a strong-hybrid powertrain option. 

The Grand Vitara is Maruti Suzuki’s version of the recently unveiled Toyota Hyryder, for both SUVs were co-developed by Maruti and Toyota. It will be offered in six trims: Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Zeta+ and Alpha+ (last two for the strong-hybrid powertrain).

The new Grand Vitara follows NEXA’s ‘Crafted Futurism’ design language. It gets split-LED headlight and the latest tri-LED NEXA family DRL setup with a chrome strip running the width of the front fascia, and a mesh design for the front grille with silver surround. Thankfully, these changes are significant enough for one to be able to tell the Maruti SUV apart from its Toyota counterpart.

In profile, the Grand Vitara, unlike the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, doesn’t get any ‘Hybrid’ badges. It does ride on 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, but they have a different design and look strikingly similar to those of the facelifted XL6. The SUV’s rear has wrap-around connected LED taillights mimicking the three-piece element of the LED DRLs and the ‘Grand Vitara’ moniker. The Maruti SUV will be offered in six monotone shades and three dual-tone paint options.

Inside, the new Grand Vitara has a near-identical cabin layout as the Toyota Hyryder with leather inserts and silver accents on the dashboard. However, Maruti has opted for a different dual-tone theme (black and maroon) for the mild-hybrid variants while the strong-hybrid trims get a black theme with gold accents.

Maruti has equipped its compact SUV with features such as a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, a digital driver display and a panoramic sunroof (the last two being a first for a Maruti car). The Grand Vitara also gets a 9-inch touchscreen (with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), wireless phone charger, and over 40 connected car features.

Passenger safety is taken care of by up to six airbags, hill-descent control, electronic stability programme, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Here’s a look at the powertrains of the SUV:

Engine

1.5-litre, 4-cylinder Petrol Mild-hybrid (Maruti engine)

1.5-litre, 3-cylinder Petrol Strong-hybrid (Toyota powertrain)

Power

103PS

116PS (combined)

Torque

137Nm

122Nm (engine) 141Nm (motor)

Transmission

5-speed MT, 6-speed AT

e-CVT

Drivetrain

FWD, AWD (MT only)

FWD

Fuel Efficiency

21.11kmpl (MT), 20.58kmpl (AT), 19.38kmpl (AWD MT)

27.97kmpl

The strong-hybrid powertrain of the Grand Vitara comprises an electric motor delivering 80.2PS and 141Nm. There isn’t any diesel engine on offer. The strong-hybrid version of the SUV, Maruti says, can cover 40 per cent of the distance and 60 per cent of the time in electric or zero-emission mode.

The Maruti SUV will enter production in August, followed by a launch in September. It could have a starting price of Rs 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The new Grand Vitara will fight it out with the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor, Kia Seltos, Toyota Hyryder and the Volkswagen Taigun.

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