Suzuki has begun another exciting chapter in its 99-year history with the release of a new Grand Vitara compact SUV line-up.
An evolution of the groundbreaking 2005 model, the 2008 Grand Vitara range adds real customer benefits and builds on Suzuki's comprehensive four-wheel drive heritage.
It continues Suzuki's tradition of constantly improving the compact SUV segment it began, with the new range offering more power, better economy and more standard safety features.
Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers said the new line-up would re-establish the Grand Vitara as one of the premier compact SUVs on the market.
“This new model demonstrates everything the company has learned as one of the market leaders in providing a world class product offering outstanding value.
“New engines with more power and better economy, more safety features including Electronic Stability Program (ESP®*) standard on all models and Suzuki’s great value for money will ensure the new Grand Vitara range has the broadest offering on the market,” said Devers.
A new petrol engine line-up headlines the changes, with an all-new 2.4-litre variable valve timing (VVT) four cylinder engine and an all-new 3.2-litre VVT V6.
The 2.4-litre will be available in both three- and five-door models, replacing the superseded 1.6-litre (3-door) and 2.0-litre (5-door) engines.
Rated at 122 kW, it provides a 67 per cent increase on the previous 1.6-litre in the 3-door, while fuel efficiency improves to 8.8 litres per 100 km for the five-speed manual.
A four-speed automatic transmission will be available in the 3-door, which also comes standard with ESP®, six SRS airbags and rear ventilated disc brakes.
“Suzuki remains the only manufacturer with a 3-door compact SUV, offering customers real choice to find the perfect vehicle for their needs.
“Boasting a new engine, comprehensive safety features, excellent economy and now available with an automatic transmission, the new Grand Vitara 3-door is truly in a class of its own,” said Devers.
The 5-door Grand Vitara also comes standard with ESP®, six SRS airbags, rear ventilated disc brakes and cruise control.
A new 5-door 2.4-litre Prestige version joins the line-up, complete with leather trim, sunroof, mirror-mounted side indicators, ESP, six SRS airbags, premium 7-speaker (plus subwoofer) sound system and 17-inch alloy wheels. It also comes with the option of new 18-inch alloy wheels.
The engine upgrade has improved acceleration performance, with the 0-100 km/h sprint now taking 11.7 seconds, down from 12.5.
The 1.9-litre turbo-diesel DDiS engine has been reworked by engineers for an 8 per cent improvement in fuel economy. The most fuel efficient model in the Grand Vitara line-up now boasts an ADR economy figure of just 7.0 litres per 100 km.
The 165 kW Prestige V6 completes the range, with the all-new 3.2-litre quad-cam V6 offering 22 per cent more power over the outgoing 2.7-litre V6.
VVT technology ensures optimum fuel efficiency, with the 3.2-litre V6 offering a class-leading ADR economy figure of 10.5 L/100 km. That represents a 9 per cent increase over the outgoing 2.7-litre V6.
Standard features include High Intensity Discharge (HID) projector headlamps with dusk sensor and washers, hill descent control and hill hold control, a premium 7-speaker (plus subwoofer) 6CD sound system, stylish mirror-mounted side indicators, rear ventilated disc brakes and 17-inch alloys with optional 18-inch alloys available.
The luxurious feel of the Prestige V6 is boosted by a big improvement in interior noise levels, dropping around 2 decibels over the outgoing model.
“The range-topping Prestige V6 represents outstanding value with best in class fuel economy, driving range and braked towing capacity,” said Devers.
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