Maruti Suzuki opened reservations for its latest offering, the all-new Grand Vitara compact SUV, on July 11, 2022. In about 3 weeks of opening pre-bookings, the Grand Vitara managed to register over 20,000 reservations. Almost half of these bookings are for the Strong Hybrid variants, reflecting India’s enduring love for exceptional fuel efficiency. Maruti claims that the Grand Vitara Strong Hybrid will offer a mileage of 28 Kmpl, which is better than diesel-powered SUVs in the segment.
Notably, the Grand Vitara is Maruti Suzuki’s first Strong Hybrid car. Maruti has borrowed Strong Hybrid technology from Toyota, which will also manufacture the Grand Vitara at its Bidadi plant alongside the Hyryder. The Hyryder is essentially Toyota’s version of the Grand Vitara. Except for styling and a few other minor details, the two SUVs are nearly identical.
The Grand Vitara’s Strong Hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.5-liter TNGA gasoline engine running on the Atkinson cycle, paired with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. While the petrol engine produces 91 hp-122 Nm, the electric motor produces 78 hp-144 Nm. Together, the combined output amounts to 114 hp.
The Strong Hybrid powertrain comes standard with a CVT automatic gearbox, and this setup drives the car’s front wheels. Another highlight of the powerful hybrid powertrain fitted to the Grand Vitara is that the SUV can be driven in all-electric (battery-powered) mode for around 25 kilometres. This will make it a great option for those using the SUV for short city trips.
The Grand Vitara will also be sold with a mild-hybrid powertrain, which is the K15C 1.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol paired with the SHVS (Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System) mild-hybrid unit. The mild-hybrid powertrain develops 102hp-135Nm and is offered with two gearbox options: a 6-speed manual and a torque-converter automatic. The mild-hybrid variant fitted with a manual gearbox also gets an all-wheel-drive setup, while a front-wheel-drive setup is standard. The all-wheel-drive layout is a top-notch feature, which should make the Grand Vitara a fully capable SUV in all sorts of road and weather conditions.
A large panoramic sunroof which is the largest in the segment, a head-up display, 6 airbags, several driving modes, disc brakes on all four wheels, ventilated seats, anti-reverse control, a digital dashboard , wireless charging, ambient lighting, SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment with Suzuki Connect and LED headlights are the main features on offer. You can experience the Grand Vitara at your nearest NEXA dealer, where it is on display. The launch is scheduled for September 2022.