The country’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, stunned the people of the country with the launch of its very own mid-size SUV, the Grand Vitara, back in September of last year. Now, after being in the market for a considerable amount of time, the company has announced that the Grand Vitara recently achieved a significant milestone by becoming the second best-selling mid-size SUV in the market. With consistently strong sales figures, the Grand Vitara has managed to beat its closest rival, the Kia Seltos, and has captured the attention of SUV enthusiasts across the country.
In June 2023, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara recorded an impressive sales figure of 10,486 units, further cementing its position in the mid-size SUV segment. The model was not available for sale in the same month last year, so a year-on-year (YoY) review is not possible. Nonetheless, this robust performance is a testament to the vehicle’s popularity in the current mid-size SUV segment in the country.
Since its launch, the Grand Vitara has garnered a loyal customer base, and the sales figures speak for themselves. From January to June 2023, the vehicle achieved the following monthly sales numbers: 8,662 units in January, 9,183 units in February, 10,045 units in March, 7,742 units in April, 8,877 units in May, and 10,486 units in June. In 2022, Maruti Suzuki sold a total of 23,425 units of the Grand Vitara. Combining the sales figures from 2022 with the sales till June 2023, the total sales of the Grand Vitara stand at an impressive 69,758 units.
To provide a broader perspective, the Grand Vitara’s closest competitor, the Kia Seltos, managed to sell 39,892 units in the same time frame, lagging behind the Grand Vitara’s strong performance. It is to be noted that the Grand Vitara has managed to beat the Kia Seltos this year, as the facelift of the Seltos, which has now been launched, was imminent, causing many people to delay their plans to buy the Seltos. With the new facelift now launched, we will have to wait to see the sales figures for the Seltos. Furthermore, the Grand Vitara also managed to outperform the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq in the mid-size SUV segment by a wide margin.
The Grand Vitara is available in two powertrain options: mild hybrid and strong hybrid. The all-wheel-drive option is reserved for the mild hybrid-manual transmission variants, while the rest of the variants are front-wheel-driven. The available transmissions for this powertrain are a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The mild hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder K15C petrol engine (102 Bhp-137 Nm) and a SHVS (Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System) mild hybrid unit that assists the petrol engine during hard acceleration. The mild hybrid also offers brake energy regeneration and an idle-stop system.
The strong hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine (91 Bhp-122 Nm) and an electric motor that produces 78 Bhp-141 Nm. The combined output stands at 114 Bhp. The strong hybrid powertrain also offers an all-electric mode, which means the Grand Vitara can be driven on battery power for about 25 kilometers. All variants of the strong hybrid Grand Vitara are front-wheel-driven and come with a CVT automatic gearbox as standard. The strong hybrid’s biggest selling point is its diesel-beating28 Kmpl fuel efficiency.