Suzuki Grand Vitara
2010 Series Updated
All models are now called the JT series and aside from that. The Suzuki Grand Vitara Urban version has been added to the lineup. This version is basically an equipment upgrade package to the base 4 cylinder petrol version. It adds 17 inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and parking sensors in the main. It still retains the AWD system. In some countries you can get a rear wheel drive only version which is interesting... It sells for around $31,990 AUD at the moment (Sept 2010).
It replaces the earlier Grand Vitara Adventure, which added a nudge bar and other protective bits including cross bars for the roof rack.
2009 Series Introduced
3 Door : 2.4L M $24,990
5 Door : 1.9L M $34,990 (Diesel)
September 2008 update - Suzuki has finally 'replaced' the old V6 and 4 cylinder engines. They have been used in various forms for over 12 years and although not completely new or particularly hi-tech they should be well received.
New safety features on all models also make the revised versions more desirable. ABS - Anti-locking brakes and EBD - Electronic Brake Distribution and ESP - Electronic Stability Program, front, side and curtain airbags, four wheel disc brakes.
The formerly underpowered 3 door finally gets the proper engine 2.4 too! I can now recommend the 3 door version if you want a decent small 4WD.
Grand Vitara Special Editions
April 2007 sees the introduction of another Grand Vitara Trekker edition with similar bonuses as the 2006 version except that it extends to the V6 and 4 cylinder models as well. A new additions include a portable Garmin GPS or satellite navigation system, front nudge bar, Waeco mobile fridge/warmer, headlight covers, full floor mat set, 6 stacker CD player and weather shields. Prices remain the same as the prior edition.
From September 2006 onwards Australia sees that introduction to the Grand Vitara Prestige. As you can guess this is the luxury version and adds a number of unique features. Eg. Remote starting, 17' alloys and every possible combination of airbags. RRP is expected to be $36,990 AUST.
For Australia Mid 2006 saw the introduction the special edition Trekker SGV. This model starts from $28,990 for the 4 cylinder model and $30,990 for the V6.
This edition includes accessory bonuses. They include fog lights, bonnet and headlight covers, tow bar, roof rack, luggage pod, multi-stacker, floor mats, luggage covers, weather shields for the windows and wait for it ... Trekker decals. :)
Trekker versions released every year since 2006.
New 2007 Suzuki XL-7
I must admit I was surprised when I saw pictures of the new XL-7. It actually looks odd but good at the same time. It certainly won't be confused for another make or model for that matter?? They have even incorporated 'classic' Vitara and Grand Vitara themes in the design.
Interior pics look great with various trim packages but overall a lifting of quality and look of material. It's actually looks likes like a nice place to be and although not 'youthful' in theme it's modern almost Volvo or European in in feel..
A new 3.6 litre V6 engine is now available too ! Claimed figures include 186Kw and 329Nm. I understand it has variable valve timing. That's class leading performance - at least spec wise.
The drive train is a part time 4wd system presumably 'torque on demand' although the acronym Suzuki will use is still unknown. Yes, it has all independent suspension.
Underbody bits are based on General Motors 'Theta' platform (AKA Chevrolet Equinox) but on the outside it all looks unique. It doesn't use the current SGV bits.
Any downsides based on spec ? Well reduced 4wd capability via height and system. That said it is largely dependent on what traction control aids will be included with the car. Otherwise dare I say it ? Another typical SUV.
Expected release dates are late 2006 for Nth America and 2007 for the rest of the world.
New 2006 Grand Vitara News
In case you haven't
heard a completely new Grand Vitara has been released in various markets
around the world.
16 Valve 1.6 Litre 4 cylinder
engine - with variable valve tech or VVTi
16 Valve 2.0 Litre 4 cylinder
24 Valve 2.7 Litre V6
cylinder engine (H27A)
Direct Injection Diesel 1.9 Litre 4 cylinder
Constant 4WD is available on all models but only the 4 door comes with proper low range gearing. All have 4 speed auto or 5 speed manual except the V6 which has a 5 speed auto. All have open 4WD diffs and only the 5 door has a manual central diff lock with LSD available for high and low range gearing.
The body and frame is integrated. It's not a pure monocoque but a modern compromise. The main thing is that it differentiates its self from the rest and being much tougher than other small 4wds. I hope Suzuki can capitalize on the toughness aspect than the inner city aspect of this ability since that is what sells.
It is interesting to note that the Grand Vitara and Jimny/Sierra are the only 2 door 4wds left for sale - NEW in Australia as of 2006.
Remember too that there are
different mechanical specifications for each country. Ie. Some
countries have 2 and 4 doors do not have 4wd. Likewise features vary
from country to country.
Suzuki Grand Vitara
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