The Indian car market is hungry for SUV models. Market leader Maruti Suzuki takes this development into account with a new Grand Vitara with hybrid drive.
While the car division of the Suzuki brand is fighting against insignificance in Europe, the manufacturer is the undisputed market leader in India. Year after year, Maruti Suzuki, the joint venture between the Japanese car manufacturer and the Indian government, dominates the registration statistics on the Asian subcontinent. One of the most successful models in this market, which is currently experiencing an SUV boom, is the small SUV Vitara Brezza. But the Indian clientele thirsts for larger soft off-roaders. Maruti Suzuki gives people what they want and is now launching a big Brezza brother with the new Grand Vitara.
The 4.35 meter long, 1.80 meter wide and 1.65 meter high model (wheelbase 2.60 meters) is to play the role of the flagship in the Maruti Suzuki range in the future and has correspondingly self-confident design details. This includes the honeycomb grille with its color combination of gloss black and dark chrome as well as the flared fenders that accommodate 17-inch alloy wheels. The lights, each with three light elements, work with LED technology at the front and rear, and an accent stripe positioned under the roof section in the area of the rear side window brings some pep to the Grand Vitara styling. There are six one-tone and three two-tone paint finishes to choose from for the new Grand Vitara.
Faux leather in Bordeaux red
The interior can also be colorful if desired. The artificial leather interior can be ordered in Bordeaux, while champagne-gold accents can be selected for the black interior. Many surfaces are finished in black piano lacquer, while the front seats can be ventilated and a panoramic sunroof improves the sense of space. The central infotainment screen measures nine inches and complements the all-digital instrumentation, which in turn is complemented by a head-up display. Apple Carplay and Android Auto work wirelessly, the on-board language assistant responds to the keywords "Hi Suzuki!". With the Suzuki Connect app, various car functions can be controlled remotely and smartphones can be charged inductively.
Maruti Suzuki offers the new Grand Vitara with two different hybrid drives. The model variant known as the "Intelligent Hybrid Engine" combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a CVT transmission. Their combined output is 116 hp and a maximum torque of 122 Newton meters. Another 1.5-liter petrol engine with electric boost and brake energy recovery is available as a mild hybrid alternative, delivering 103 hp and a maximum of 137 Newton meters. This drive can be combined with a manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Mild hybrid with all-wheel drive
For the new Grand Vitara, which is based on the TECT platform, Suzuki donated its all-grip all-wheel drive including hill start and descent assistance - but only for the version with mild hybrid drive. There are also four different driving modes (Auto, Sport, Snow and Locked Differential). The 360-degree camera system, six airbags, ESP, all-round disc brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system also ensure safety.
The market launch in India is only the beginning of the career of the new Suzuki Grand Vitara. The new SUV will also be launched in other countries, with a focus on African markets. However, it is unlikely that the model will come to Europe in the foreseeable future.
Suzuki is presenting its new top model, the Grand Vitara, in its most important market, India. The SUV will be launched there with a self-confident design and two different hybrid drives. It is not yet known whether or when the new Grand Vitara will come to Europe.