Maruti Suzuki India, India’s largest auto maker, unveiled an advanced version of its high end SUV, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, on July 3, 2009. The new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 will be available at a price of Rs 16.67 lakh for the manual transmission variant and Rs 17.97 lakh for the automatic transmission variant (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 comes with a 2.4-litre engine capable of generating 164 BHP@ 6,000 rpm and a torque of 225 NM @ 4,000 rpm.
The previous version of the Maruti Suzuki Granda Vitara featured a 2-liter engine capable of producing 120 BHP.
The Maruti Suzuki GrandVitara 2.4 is available in two variants, 5-speed Manual Transmission (5 front + 1 reverse) and 4-speed Automatic Transmission (4 front + 1 reverse).
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara has got a facelift with a tweaked grille and front bumper. Its new 17-inch alloy wheels give the vehicle a sportier look.
The new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 comes with a Multi Information Display (MID) system that provides information such as cruising range, average speed, and instantaneous fuel consumption.
The SUV also gets a new 6-disc CD changer and an additional centre speaker on the dashboard that provides a surround sound effect.
Maruti Suzuki has claimed that the Grand Vitara 2.4’s 4-mode, 4-wheel drive (4WD) will provide better braking and superior control across terrains.
The company has said that power train of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 has been redesigned to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.
With the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4, Maruti Suzuki aims to target those customers who look for more power in a vehicle.
“Highly popular the world over, the Grand Vitara is one of the global strategic models in Suzuki Range,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Executive Officer (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek said in a statement.
He further said that for all those customers, who were looking at SUVs, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 would offer more power and the best in class 4X4 drive at a highly competitive price.
Though the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara never caught the fancy of Indian consumers, it has done well internationally, garnering sales of over 25 lakh units worldwide and 32 awards.