Maruti Suzuki will soon launch the Grand Vitara, and bookings for the compact SUV are already on at all NEXA dealerships across India. Maruti Suzuki’s Executive Director Shashank Srivastava has revealed that bookings for the upcoming Grand Vitara have crossed the 50,000 mark, and that nearly half of these bookings are for the Strong Hybrid variants. The recently launched Brezza sub-4 meter compact SUV has clocked over 106,000 bookings so far.
The Grand Vitara will be Maruti Suzuki’s first Strong Hybrid car for the Indian market, and the technology for this has been supplied by Toyota. Toyota is also building the Grand Vitara at its Bidadi factory, near Bengaluru, alongside a similar SUV called the Hyryder Urban Cruiser. While the Hyryder will get a Toyota badge and be sold from Toyota dealerships, the Grand Vitara will feature a Maruti Suzuki badge and will be sold through NEXA dealerships.
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Meanwhile, here is what Mr. Shashank Srivastava had to say about the booking numbers of the upcoming Grand Vitara and the recently-launched Brezza sub-4 meter compact SUV,
For the new Brezza, we crossed 106,000 bookings yesterday. Grand Vitara is alsogoing quite strong because we have not really announced the prices yet and the sale will start sometime towards the end of September. The number of bookings there is touching 50,000, out of which about 44-45% is the strong hybrid. That is quite positive. Let’s see how the consumers react once we announce the prices and we will see how the trends shape up.
The Grand Vitara compact SUV sold in India gets two powertrains: a mild hybrid and a strong hybrid. The mild hybrid is a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated K15C engine that makes 102 Bp-135 Nm, and is offered with 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options. This motor is paired with a Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (mild hybrid) that assists it during hard acceleration. Brake energy regeneration comes standard with the mild hybrid. While most variants of the mild hybrid Grand Vitara are front wheel driven, the manual trims can also be specified with an all wheel drive layout.
The strong hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder TNGA naturally aspirated petrol engine running the Atkinson’s cycle. This motor makes 91 Bhp-122 Nm, and is paired with an electric motor that produces 78 Bhp-141 Nm. Combined outputs stand at 115 Bhp, and the strong hybrid is offered with a single gearbox option: a CVT automatic. The Strong Hybrid variants of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara can also be driven for about 25 kilometers in all-electric mode.
The Grand Vitara will be launched by the end of September 2022 as Maruti Suzuki’s flagship SUV. The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder is also likely to be launched at a similar time. Both SUVs will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and the Nissan Kicks in price terms.
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