The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a thoroughly modern, highly competent and technically advanced all-terrain vehicle. It links an efficient, eager powerplant to crisp, contemporary styling, comprehensive specification levels and legendary, true 4×4 capability.
Fully imported, the locally available five-door Grand Vitara compact SUV range consists of two models, both powered by a 2,4-litre four-cylinder engine, but with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
The Grand Vitara features a four-cylinder, 2 393 cc powerplant with twin overhead camshafts and VVT variable valve timing to produce 122 kW of maximum power at 6 000 r/min. The torque peak of 225 Nm is achieved at
4 000 r/min.
There is a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions. Both models feature permanent all-wheel drive.
Unlike most compact SUVs, the Grand Vitara is a true 4×4 all-terrainer, with an advanced all-wheel drive system that incorporates a low-range transfer case and convenient, electronic switching between 4×4 modes.
A REAL 4X4 SYSTEM
The system employs a torque-sensing centre differential that can vary power between the front and rear axles depending on road conditions and driving style. For more challenging terrain, the centre differential can be locked to further boost traction and stability.
In extreme off-road conditions, the transmission’s transfer case can be used to select low-range mode, to further boost all-terrain tractability, climbing capability and overall traversability.
Also contributing to the Grand Vitara’s legendary all-terrain talent is its 200 mm ground clearance, short front and rear overhangs, long-travel suspension, and rugged integrated ladder frame monocoque chassis.
The chassis isn’t only tough and durable, but provides a rigid platform for the Suzuki’s all-independent suspension. The latter sees a front MacPherson strut configuration, with coil springs and anti-roll bar, coupled to a multi-link rear system.
A SMOOTH RIDE
The suspension provides a perfect mix of control and comfort, with controlled and smooth responses to a wide variety of driving conditions. Ride comfort remains impressive, even on uncompromising terrain, while the overall rigidity of the chassis ensures close and satisfying communication between car and driver.
The interior of the Grand Vitara is surprisingly spacious for a compact SUV. Positioning the wheels at each corner has created a relatively long wheelbase to boost front and rear legroom, while its generous overall width also boosts interior space.
The use of high-quality materials and close attention to detail – a hallmark of all Suzuki products – is a Grand Vitara highlight.
The sculpted front bucket seats and 60/40 split rear bench seat of the Grand Vitara are upholstered in luxuriously textured but durable upholstery, while the dashboard features soft-touch plastics and metallic trim accents.
COMPREHENSIVE STANDARD EQUIPMENT
The Grand Vitara models are comprehensively equipped. External features include roof rails, integrated mirror turn signals, a colour-coded full spare wheel cover, front fog lamps and alloy wheels.
Inside, there’s full keyless operation with selective remote central locking, tinted windows, climate control air-conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio satellite controls.
The standard RDS-compatible FM/AM CD receiver boasts an integrated six-disc CD changer and seven loudspeakers, and is compatible with MP3 playback.
On the safety front, the Grand Vitara features all-disc ABS brakes, ESP stability control, front, side and curtain airbags, front and rear head restraints, and five inertia reel seatbelts, with the front belts featuring pre-tensioners and load limiters. Isofix rear child seat anchors are standard.
The Grand Vitara scored four stars for occupant protection in the Euro NCAP safety ratings, together with three stars for pedestrian protection and three stars for child safety.
Despite is modern powertrain, true 4×4 capability, comprehensive specification and high safety levels, the Suzuki Grand Vitara range boasts value-added pricing that positions it aggressively against its rivals.
All models come standard with a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a six-year/90 000 km service plan and a three-year AA roadside assistance package.
Recommended retail pricing is as follows:
Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 Manual R331 900
Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 Automatic R346 900
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