After staying out of the compact SUV segment’s competition for a very long time, the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has finally stepped in and has taken the nation by storm. The company’s newest launch the Grand Vitara, a moniker that was brought back from the past has already garnered 57,000 reservations across the country. And as customer deliveries commenced in the month of September, MSIL dispatched a total of 4770 units of the Grand Vitara.
Ever since the news of the Grand Vitara being launched made its way to the public, the Indo-Japanese automaker was noted saying that it has high hopes for the success of this SUV. MSIL also stated that it aims to sell around 13,000 units every month and it also added that it aims to produce around 1 lakh Vitara in this fiscal year. Now with the sales of 4770 units in just the first month alone, the goal of achieving 13,000 units sales does not seem unachievable. We fully expect the sales numbers to rise as more units get dispatched from the automaker’s production plants.
It was also reported that out of the 57,000 reservations of the Grand Vitara almost half of them belong to the more popular strong hybrid variant. Maruti Suzuki offers the Grand Vitara with two engine options: a mild hybrid and a strong hybrid. The latter variant comprises of a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder TNGA petrol engine making 91 Bhp and 122 Nm of torque that runs on the Atkinson cycle, and an electric motor that makes 78 Bhp-141 Nm. The combined output is rated at 114 Bhp. All strong hybrid variants of the Grand Vitara will use a CVT automatic gearbox as standard. The Strong Hybrid version of the SUV will also get a dedicated all-electric mode, in which the vehicle can be driven for up to 25 Kms purely on battery power.
Meanwhile, the mild hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.5 litre 4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine which produces a maximum of 100 Bhp and 135 Nm of torque paired with an SHVS (Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System) mild hybrid system. The mild hybrid powertrain will be offered with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic gearboxes. Additionally, an all-wheel drive option will be offered with the manual gearbox equipped mild hybrid powertrain.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is offered in a total of 6 variants, namely Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Zeta+ and Alpha+. The first four variants come with a mild-hybrid powertrain, while the latter two are offered with strong hybrid technology. The range starts from the base Sigma variant; priced at Rs. 10.45 lakhs and goes all the way up to Rs 19.65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
In other Maruti Suzuki news, in September 2022, MSIL dispatched a total of 1,48,380 passenger vehicles (PVs) over the tally of 63,111 units it sold during the same period in the previous year. This massive increase in the number of passenger vehicles sold has given the country’s largest automotive manufacturer a Year-On-Year growth of 135 percent.