After the successful launch of Grand Vitara, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker is now launching an all new Grand Vitara, the 2009 Grand Vitara.
The Grand Vitara, which is known by many different names in different countries, was introduced in other countries way back in 1989, but arrived in India 18 years later after its initial launch in the world market. However, it will not be manufactured in India. Instead, it is to be imported from Suzuki's plant in Japan.
The new version with more power, style, and mileage is going to pose tough challenge to its rivals, which include Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Ford Endeavour.
The 2009 Grand Vitara is available in an all-time four-mode 4-wheel drive (4WD) configuration. 4 High, for normal driving; 4 High Lock, for medium off-roading; 4 Low Lock, for when the vehicle is stuck in mud, sand, or snow; and Neutral, when the vehicle is being towed are the different configuration available.
The new Grand Vitara is powered by a 163 bhp yielding 2.4-litre VVT petrol engine, which replaces the 119 bhp yielding 2.0-litre, I-4 cylinder engine in the older version. It may be linked to either a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission, depending upon the variant. Both the transmissions are responsive and shift smoothly.
The hard, prompt responses are provided by power-assisted hydraulic rack and pinion steering. It rides on McPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, which soak up the impact of bumps and road irregularities, thereby giving a smooth ride. It comes equipped with front disc and rear drum brakes, which brings it to a quick, smooth halt upon pressing the brake pedal, without screeching.
For the 2009 Grand Vitara, the front fascia is marked by a big body-coloured bumper, a wide grille with the company's insignia in the middle and distinct multi-reflector, halogen projector headlamps. It also comes with a standard headlamp levelling device and front and rear fog lamps. The 2009 Grande Vitara rides royally on a 17-inch alloy against 16-inch for the older model.
The electrically-adjustable outside door mirrors and a rear window demister are the standard features. The 2009 Grand Vitara also features 2-speed, variable intermittent wiper and washer in the front and 1-speed intermittent wiper and washer in the rear.
The 2009 Grand Vitara has a spacious and stylish interior. The height of the driver's seat can be adjusted and features a reclining rear seat, which can be folded in the ratio of 60:40. All seats are fabric-trimmed as a standard the rear seat has a centre armrest. This large SUV can easily seat five adults with ease.
The comfort of the passengers are given prime importance with green tinted glass to protect from heat and harmful ultraviolet rays, it also offers automatic climate control, and standard features such as central door locking, power windows, and remote controlled door locks.
The 2009 Grand Vitara gets all new features like Multi Information Display (MID) and centre speaker mounted on the dash board along with a 6-CD changer. A gear position indicator is exclusive to the automatic transmission variant. It also offers ample storage options such as a centre console box, an overhead console, and a luggage room under-floor compartment.
With rear seatback raised, the 2009 Grand Vitara's maximum boot capacity is 398 litres, which can be expanded to 758 litres by tumble folding the rear seatback.
The 2009 Grand Vitara features new rear disc brakes which adds to the overall Suzuki Safety System. Other features enhancing safety to the passengers are front and rear side impact door beams, a head impact protection structure, a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), front dual airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist, 3-point emergency locking retractor (ELR) seatbelts with pretensioners, force limiter and height adjusters in the front and 3-point ELR seatbelts in the rear, ISO FIX child-seat anchorages, child-proof rear door locks, and an engine immobiliser.