Maruti Suzuki is ready to bring its flagship car to India – the Grand Vitara. The brand will unveil the all-new mid-size SUV tomorrow to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. It will be Maruti Suzuki’s first AWD product in a long time. What else do we know about the upcoming Grand Vitara? Here are the details.
Given that it shares much of its underpinnings with the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will share the dimensions and stance with the former. The teaser images also indicate that the new SUV from Maruti Suzuki will have a more upright stance compared to the S-Cross which it is going to replace. A few more hints from the teaser visuals reveal that the new Grand Vitara will have split LED headlamps and stretched LED light bar at the rear. The Suzuki grille in the teaser visuals looks bolder than that of the S-Cross, which gives the Grand Vitara an aggressive stance from the front.
The new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will be the most feature-packed vehicle ever from Maruti Suzuki. We already have seen the features list of Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder which is expected to be retained in the Grand Vitara. Many of these features, such as panoramic sunroof, full-TFT instrument console, split headlamps with daytime running LEDs above and LED projectors below, LED tail lamps with stretched LED light bar and drive mode selector, have already been confirmed in the SUV. Expect a few more features from the Hyryder, such as a head-up display, ventilated front seats, wireless charger, 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, powered driver’s seat, six airbags and leather upholstery, to make their presence in the Grand Vitara.
Engine and full-hybrid tech
Like the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, the new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will be offered with two choices of powertrains. The first is Maruti Suzuki’s tried-and-tested 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated K15C petrol engine, which produces 103 PS of power and 136.8 Nm of torque. This mild hybrid-assisted engine will be offered with the choices of a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. There will also be a niche full-hybrid powertrain which is a combination of a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle 94 PS petrol engine, an 80 PS electric motor and a 177.6 V lithium-ion battery. Paired with an e-CVT, this powertrain produces a combined power output of 115 PS. In the purely electric mode, this powertrain gives 25 km of range, while in the combined mode, it can give up to 24-25 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
Suzuki offers its trademark ‘AllGrip’ technology in three forms – AllGrip Auto all-wheel-drive in global-spec Ignis and Swift, AllGrip Select all-wheel-drive in global-spec Vitara and S-Cross and AllGrip Pro four-wheel-drive in Jimny. The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will get the AllGrip Select, which has four drive modes to choose from manually – Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock. These drive modes can be operated through a drive mode knob in the centre console. All these four drive modes offer varying traction levels depending on the speed and surface.