The Suzuki Grand Vitara 2023 is an unprecedented novelty, uncharacterized by any antecedent for a period of eight years. A project of isolated distinction, it has the potential to augment the brand’s repertoire or alter the composition of any preexisting vehicle. Its irresistible allure is poised to ensnare the denizens of the Old Continent.
Stylistically speaking, it is a rather intriguing specimen. The front facade exudes an air of contemporaneity and sophistication, featuring a typically landscaped terrain adorned with LED strips and recessed lamps, seamlessly integrated into a gargantuan grille with the manufacturer’s emblem proudly emblazoned upon the lighting apparatus.
The front apron is an aesthetic masterpiece, encapsulating modernity and complexity in equal measure.
The rear of the vehicle is equally alluring, with slender connecting lights traversing the breadth of the light strip to bestow it with an element of numerical versatility. However, as an SUV, it is imbued with an abundance of qualities, which are accentuated by its colossal bumpers and casing that enshroud the lower edges of the vehicle’s body.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara 2023 boasts an interior cabin that retains the trademark design of this esteemed Japanese automaker. Its aesthetic is decidedly modern yet not ostentatiously so. While it may be arduous to unearth pyrotechnics within, one can certainly rely upon an elevated degree of ergonomics and pragmatic solutions.
Analog clocks remain a notable feature, rendering them readable to the naked eye. Although the computer control sticks may be perceived as antiquated, they remain serviceable. Conversely, the independent weather panel earns a plethora of accolades for the center console’s prodigious touch screen and superb interface.
The Grand Vitara’s wheelbase matches that of the esteemed S-Cross, thereby bestowing upon it an ample cabin, accommodating up to four occupants. Judging hardware quality solely by graphics alone is an exercise in futility. Nonetheless, the opulent stitching and entry of burgundy invigorate the ensemble’s overall aesthetic. It is our conjecture that it surpasses the current crop of Vitara models.
New Suzuki Grand Vitara – technical specs
Commence we shall with the dimensions. The Suzuki Grand Vitara 2023 boasts a length of 4345 mm, a width of 1795 mm, a height of 1645 mm, and a wheelbase of 2600 mm.
Unquestionably, this revelation does not inspire awe. It would seem that the models are sufficiently dissimilar in their visage to enable co-production. However, it behooves us to acknowledge that this conveyance rests upon the TECT framework, a constituent widely implemented in this marque’s petite auto assemblage.
The rear of the Suzuki Grand Vitara 2023 is compact and appealing.
The propulsive modules in automobiles have piqued our interest. The inaugural fusion mechanism (Progressive Smart Hybrid) boasts a 1.5-liter petrol engine that manifests 101 Horsepower and 135 Newton meters of torque, coupled with an aesthetically pleasing design. A five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission can administer the power to either the front or all four wheels.
The novel iteration of the model is furnished with dual hybrid systems: the conventional and the smooth (HEV).
The second microchip is engineered by Toyota, where the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, furnished with a 1.5-liter powertrain and an electric unit, galvanizes the 2023 Suzuki Grand Vitara, conferring 114 horsepower and 141 Newton meters of torque. The power is transmitted to the front axle through the continuously variable transmission (CVT). Astonishingly, despite being a self-regulating hybrid, the battery has the capability to cover an electric range of up to 25 kilometers.
The nascent Grand Vitara iteration shall be fabricated at the Toyota facility, an edifice specifically erected with the burgeoning Indian market in view, and located on Indian soil. Be that as it may, it is not altogether outlandish to postulate that the European theater may yet experience the debut of this automotive gem, but only if the region ushers in electric locomotives that surpass the stringent pollution thresholds.
Grand Vitara 2023 in India
The sobriquet of Suzuki Grand Vitara has been resuscitated, with the manifestation of a recent diminutive sport utility vehicle in India – albeit it is not slated to grace Australian thoroughfares.
The Grand Vitara, fabricated for burgeoning regions such as India and Africa, was meticulously devised by Maruti Suzuki, which bears the distinction of being the most lucrative vehicle label in the world’s second most heavily populated country and was buttressed by the brand’s association with Toyota.
This vehicle bears a striking resemblance to its doppelganger, the Toyota Hyryder, and endows itself with the Japanese behemoth’s hybrid technology, providing a full-fledged gasoline-electric propulsion system on the apex variants.
This agreement of badge engineering encompasses the revered Toyota Glanza, a rebadged rendition of the Suzuki Baleno engineered for emerging markets, and the Suzuki Across that is sold across Europe, an exquisitely revamped variant of the Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid, devised specifically to satiate the stringent emissions standards set by the continent.
Thus, the prodigious Grand Vitara showcases a majestic 1.5-liter three-cylinder hybrid engine, akin to the one adorning the Toyota Yaris and Yaris Cross in local markets, inducing a staggering 85kW of power, accompanied by a purportedly impressive fuel efficiency of 3.6L/100km.
Additionally, the lower-grade models of the Grand Vitara are equipped with a 12-volt mild-hybrid version of the aforementioned 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, possessing a capacity of 76kW and 137Nm, imparting further excellence to this gem of an automobile.
The interior of the Grand Vitara boasts a resplendent 9-inch infotainment system, replete with the latest wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. A semi-digital instrument cluster complements a flip-up head-up display and a wireless phone charger, while the front seats are graced with a luxurious touch of ventilation.
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara promises to deliver a stellar performance in terms of safety, boasting a sextet of airbags and an advanced 360-degree camera system. Despite the manufacturer’s silence on active safety technology, a vital prerequisite for all novel vehicles sold in Australia from March 2025, the car’s impressive array of features is bound to please even the most discerning of buyers.
Tipping the scales at a diminutive 4345 millimeters in length, 1795mm in width, and 1645mm in height, the latest iteration of the Grand Vitara is significantly shorter than its antecedent five-door variant marketed in Australia between 2008 and 2018. Interestingly enough, the new model would belong to the small SUV category, endowed with similar dimensions to the upcoming Toyota Corolla Cross, slated for release later this year.
The imminent release of the refurbished Suzuki S-Cross, measuring an impressive 4300mm in length, is a consolatory offering to the Australian populace, who shall not be devoid of a vehicle of comparable magnitude. The Suzuki Vitara, a more diminutive vehicle at 4175mm, will still retain its position in the company’s Australian inventory, both products hailing from Hungary.
Half a decade ago, Suzuki Australia revealed to WhichCar, a sister publication, that it was assiduously advocating for a medium-sized SUV, modeled after the new Vitara. Unfortunately, deficient energy outputs, the unavailability of the S-Cross, and a conspicuous lack of proactive safety technology have deemed the new Grand Vitara an unsuitable candidate for the Australian market.