7 July 2009
Suzuki Grand Vitara

Suzuki Grand Vitara

Suzuki extends latest Grand Vitara SZ range

Autozine
7 July 2009 | Following the launch of the revised Grand Vitara SZ model range with 2.4-litre engine in October 2008; Suzuki is pleased to announce the addition of the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.9 DDiS to the three door model range. The new additions are available in different grades; SZ3 and SZ4 for the 1.6-litre petrol model and SZ4 for the 1.9 DDiS. The three door is an important model in the Suzuki range and represents 50 per cent of all Grand Vitara sales in the UK which will be around 3,000 cars for this year.
 

Emissions have been improved for the latest models with the 1.6-litre now at 195g/km (down from 199g/km) and the 1.9-litre DDiS at 183g/km (down from 189g/km).

Suzuki Grand Vitara

Both the exterior and interior have been given a mild facelift. On the outside there is a revised front end treatment and new door mirrors with integrated turn indicators. All SZ models feature improvements to the design and operation of the dashboard controls, including a new multi-information display and revised air conditioning control panel.

SZ3 models feature six airbags, automatic air conditioning with pollen filter and 16-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment. Additional specification on the SZ4 three-door model includes an in-dash 6CD changer with MP3 compatibility, rear privacy glass and 17-inch wheels.

The minor change Grand Vitara SZ range gains refinements to exterior styling, while retaining the contemporary lines established with the third generation model range. New designs for the front grille and bumper give a more sculpted and muscular appearance, changes that add 30mm to the front overhang.

Detail improvements include a new multi-information display in the main instrument cluster, giving the driver clear information on vehicle status, including fuel consumption, mileage, driving range. The steering wheel-mounted switches are illuminated for greater ease of use and there is a new control panel for the climate control unit.

The Grand Vitara remains a full-blooded 4x4. Its monocoque construction incorporates a built-in ladder frame and additional strengthening elements to provide the rigidity needed for serious off-road driving. The four-wheel drive system is permanently engaged and ensures optimum grip is obtained whatever the driving conditions. On DDiS and 2.4 models, when the going gets really tough, the driver can shift the transmission into low range four-wheel drive, simply by turning a rotary switch on the dashboard.

The minor change Grand Vitara SZ range gains refinements to exterior styling, while retaining the contemporary lines established with the third generation model range. New designs for the front grille and bumper give a more sculpted and muscular appearance, changes that add 30mm to the front overhang.

Safety measures have also been upgraded, most notably with the introduction of Electronic Stability Programme; rear disc brakes on the 1.9 DDiS and 2.4 models and extra shock-absorbing elements around the bonnet, wings and front bumper to reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians ‐ a quality that had already earned Grand Vitara a three-star rating in independent EuroNCAP crash testing.

Recognising the life saving potential of electronic stability systems, Suzuki is equipping the latest SZ Grand Vitara range with ESP as standard. ESP uses selective wheel braking and controls engine output as necessary to stabilise the vehicle if it detects understeer or oversteer situations which could possibly result in total loss of control. ESP also incorporates a traction control feature to prevent wheelspin during standard starts or a loss of grip during sharp acceleration.

To accommodate the rear disc brakes for 1.9 DDiS and 2.4 models, the subframe and dampers have been strengthened and all versions benefit from ABS with EBD as standard.