The new Grand Vitara range benefits from a raft of improvements, which have delivered a noticeably quieter and more comfortable car to drive.
The refinement upgrade is a direct result of customer feedback, delivering a vehicle that is more powerful, more economical, safer and much quieter.
The new engines provide the basis for the added refinement, being significantly quieter and smoother than the superseded engines.
The 2.4-litre has a balancer shaft to add to the quiet, smooth ride, while another upgrade was to change the propeller shaft joints to sliding constant velocity joints for reduced vibration and noise.
The Grand Vitara 5-door cabin benefits from the addition of a lower door trim seal and upgrading the glass in the front doors from 3.5mm thick to 4mm.
All these changes have helped reduced cabin noise by around 2 decibels.
A host of standard safety measures makes the new Grand Vitara one of the safest compact SUVs in the market.
Headlining the safety story is the inclusion of ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), which is now standard on all Grand Vitara models.
ESP® combines the advantages of stability control system, anti-lock braking system (ABS) brakes and Grand Vitara’s Traction Control System (TCS) and multiplies the benefits of both.
It helps to maintain stability through programmed intervention in the braking system and powertrain, or a combination of both.
ESP® is the next generation in driving aids, utilising Grand Vitara’s braking system as a tool for helping maintain safe control of the vehicle.
The basic function of the brakes – to decelerate or stop the vehicle – is complemented, as ESP® helps maintain the vehicle’s stability and desired course.
The hardware incorporates two critical elements in addition to the traction control system hardware – a steering wheel angle sensor and a combination rotational yaw rate and lateral/longitudinal motion sensor.
The steering wheel sensor constantly monitors steering wheel angle, or the driver’s intended direction of travel, while the yaw sensor tracks Grand Vitara’s rotation around its vertical axis.
ESP® is constantly working in the background, monitoring all its sensors many times each second, to check the driver’s steering wheel position, throttle pedal position, whether the driver is braking or not, and where the vehicle is actually going.
By comparing the input from all sensors, the system is able to intervene early enough to reduce the risk of unwanted skids and potential loss of control.
Specific braking intervention is then directed at individual wheels – such as the inner rear to counter understeer, or outer front during oversteer.
ESP® also modulates engine torque to reduce wheel spin and vehicle speed when required.
For example, if the driver approaches a roundabout that tightens more sharply than expected, the driver will suddenly turn the wheel in the intended direction of turn, but may be carrying too much speed to safely negotiate the turn.
If a driver swerves rapidly to avoid colliding with an object or another vehicle on the road, the vehicle may not respond quickly enough to follow the desired path, or may over-respond, resulting in oversteer.
In both examples, ESP® will notice the angle of steering wheel input and the direction of travel and brake the appropriate wheel to help keep Grand Vitara on its intended path.
It represents a genuine application of active safety that has the potential to significantly improve road safety.
Suzuki Australian General Manager Tony Devers said ESP® was acclaimed by safety experts as the most significant contributor to reducing road trauma since the introduction of seat belts.
“A recent Monash University study showed that ESP can reduce the risk of a single vehicle accident where the driver is injured by 68 per cent.”
Devers said while ESP® offered increased safety levels, it was no substitute for safe driving.
“The capabilities of ESP® cannot prevent accidents caused by excessive speed or dangerous driving,” he said.
Grand Vitara also benefits from the inclusion of side and curtain SRS airbags as standard equipment on all models.
The inflatable side and curtain airbags on Grand Vitara add new levels of safety, working in tandem with the rigid body shell to provide protection for occupants.
The curtain airbag provides head protection for both front and second row occupants in side impact crashes, helping to reduce the risk of potentially serious head injuries.
The curtain airbag helps retain the occupant’s head inside the vehicle, reducing the risk of injury from impact with objects outside such as power poles, trees or even the front of a another vehicle.
In an unlikely event of a collision, the body structure helps direct impact energy away from the highly reinforced cabin, while the brake pedal is designed to minimise protrusion into the foot well.
All Grand Vitara models come standard with rear ventilated disc brakes, replacing the drum brakes on the superseded model.
Other standard safety features include front 3-point ELR (emergency locking retractor) seat belts with pretensioners and force-limiters, 3-point ELR rear seat belts, ISO-FIX-compliant child seat anchorages and a high-mount stop lamp.
The new Grand Vitara Prestige V6 incorporates a first for Suzuki vehicles, with the inclusion of hill descent control and hill hold control.
In essence, hill descent control regulates the speed at which Grand Vitara travels downhill, particularly in steep, or difficult, off-road conditions.
The system – available only on the Prestige V6 version of Grand Vitara – is engaged by the driver via a dash-mounted switch and by selecting 4H lock or
4L lock mode.
Once the system is engaged, it individually brakes each wheel to maintain a slow, steady descent down a hill. Hill hold control is designed to assist the driver in starting to move up a steep hill.
When the driver starts to move up a hill, the system helps prevent the vehicle rolling for two seconds, while the driver moves his foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.
The Prestige V6 also features high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.
The HID lamps produce a powerful beam with significantly lower power consumption than a conventional halogen lamp.
The Prestige V6 also features a headlamp washer and automatic self leveling device for precise headlamp focus.
Grand Vitara Pricing
GV3 3-Door 5 speed manual
|GV3 3-Door 4 speed automatic||$26,990|
|5-Door 5 speed manual||$29,990|
|5-Door 4 speed automatic||$31,990|
|5-Door 5 speed manual (17-inch alloys)||$30,990|
|5-Door 4 speed automatic (17-inch alloys)||$32,990|
|5-Door DDiS turbo-diesel 5 speed manual||$34,990|
|5-Door Prestige 4 speed automatic||$36,990|
|5-Door Prestige 4 speed automatic (18-inch alloys)||$37,490|
|5-Door Prestige V6 5 speed automatic||$39,990|
|5-Door Prestige V6 5 speed automatic (18-inch alloys)||$40,490|
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