The country’s largest carmaker by volume, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, recently upgraded its premium mid-size SUV, the Grand Vitara, with an innovative safety feature known as the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS). This advanced technology aims to enhance the safety of both drivers and pedestrians by providing timely alerts about the presence of the vehicle. This new feature is an added bonus to the already extensive list of safety features of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.
For those who are unaware, the AVAS mechanism operates by emitting a subtle alert sound that can be heard within a range of up to five feet from the vehicle. This serves as an effective warning for pedestrians and nearby drivers, ensuring that they are aware of the Grand Vitara’s presence on the road. The introduction of AVAS is particularly significant for electric and plug-in electric vehicles, as they tend to emit minimal noise while in motion. By incorporating AVAS into the Grand Vitara, the company aims to prevent accidents and save lives on the road.
While the prices for the mild hybrid trims of the Grand Vitara remain unchanged, the strong hybrid trims, including the Zeta+ and Alpha+ variants, have experienced a price hike of Rs 4,000 on the existing ex-showroom prices. The Zeta+ variant is now priced at Rs 18.29 lakh, while the flagship Alpha+ variant is available at Rs 19.79 lakh (both prices ex-showroom).
In other Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara news, the mid-size SUV continues to make waves in the market with its exceptional sales performance. Outshining its closest competitor, the Kia Seltos, the Grand Vitara has firmly established itself as the second best-selling mid-size SUV in the country. In June 2023, the vehicle achieved an impressive sales figure of 10,486 units, further solidifying its position in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment.
Additionally, from January to June 2023, the Grand Vitara provided the company with monthly sales numbers ranging from 8,662 units in January to a remarkable 10,486 units in June. The Grand Vitara has maintained a loyal customer base throughout the year. Combining the sales figures from 2022 and until June 2023, the Grand Vitara has achieved an impressive total of 69,758 units sold.
In comparison to its closest competitor, the Kia Seltos, the Grand Vitara has maintained a significant lead. The Kia Seltos recorded sales of 39,892 units within the same time frame, highlighting the Grand Vitara’s strong performance and market dominance. Moreover, the Grand Vitara has also outperformed other mid-size SUVs, such as the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq, by a substantial margin.
The Grand Vitara comes with 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-beating 28 Kmpl fuel efficiency.