Suzuki Grand Vitara returns… but not to Australia
Suzuki has stripped away one of its most iconic badges, by relaunching the Grand Vitara SUV.
However, there is no guarantee that Australia’s army of Grand Vitara drivers will have a replacement vehicle ready anytime soon.
The car revealed today was originally for India and is called Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Maruti Suzuki is the dominant car brand in the world’s second most populous country.
As mentioned, Suzuki Australia are discovering ways to get the Grand Vitara reborn for this market – and has been sourced before Baleno has now been expelled from India, there is a precedent there.
Suzuki’s India operation is the brand’s engine room from an output perspective, and much of the company’s development and production focus is devoted to the region, where it beats most of its competitors. on the market.
In addition to selling in India, the Grand Vitara is also set to export to markets including Africa, showing a focus on developing regions.
Toyota sells an already revealed version of the Grand Vitara, called the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, also made in and for the rapidly expanding Indian market. The deal sees Suzuki develop the cars, but Toyota will manufacture them.
The two companies are deepening cooperation in the subcontinent and also in Europe with a number of products built with badges that help Suzuki meet its emissions targets.
What’s new in Suzuki Grand Vitara?
At 4345mm long, it’s actually quite small. The last Grand Vitara (sold in Australia between 2005 and 2018) was 4500mm long in a five-door guise.
It’s the same size like the new Suzuki S-Cross, will arrive in Australia this September and will be made in Hungary alongside the smaller Vitara (4175mm long). So, it can be said, we are not short of many famous badge bars.
It offers an electronically controlled ‘AllGrip’ all-wheel drive system with 50:50 central locking plus three modes called Auto, Snow and Sport that alter throttle response and force control Drag to fit specific types of surfaces.
The unusually old Grand Vitara is off-road for its segment and comes with a low frequency range – something that’s no longer on the menu. Suzuki left that function to Jimny, which would coming soon in longer five-door form.
Two engines are listed: 76kW and 137Nm 1.5-litre petrol with 12V battery (hence it’s called mild hybrid); plus a ‘proper’ 1.5-litre hybrid that pairs the petrol engine with a 59kW and 141Nm electric motor and a 178V battery, for a maximum system output of 85kW.
That second engine appears to be the same setup used in the Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid for the Australian market. Maruti Suzuki says fuel consumption is as low as 3.6L/100km.
Available features include a 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, app-based remote connectivity, digital cluster, panoramic sunroof, head-up display ups, wireless charging and ventilated seats.
On the safety front, it comes with the option of a 360-degree camera, plus six airbags (front, side and curtain). However, there was no mention of driver assistance functions, such as automatic emergency braking, which would need to be tweaked for any potential Australian launch.