Maruti Suzuki has released a new CTV for the just-unveiled Grand Vitara mid-size SUV. Pre-bookings for the Grand Vitara are now open across India. The Grand Vitara will be sold through Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA dealership chain, where it will replace the S-Cross. Production of the new SUV will begin next month at Toyota’s Bidadi plant, off Bangalore. That’s right, Toyota will build the Grand Vitara alongside the Hyryder and ship it to Maruti Suzuki. Notably, the Hyryder and Grand Vitara share almost everything except exterior styling and timing system. Pricing for the Maruti Grand Vitara will be revealed on launch day, which is expected late next month.
Leaked documents indicate that the Maruti Grand Vitara will be priced very competitively, with the base version starting at Rs. 9.6 million. Now that’s a full lakh cheaper than what the Grand Vitara’s biggest competitors are selling for – the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. If Maruti Suzuki can indeed sell the new SUV at this price, good sales and long waiting times are to be expected. Be prepared to pay around Rs. 20 lakh (on-road) for the Strong Hybrid variants of the Grand Vitara, whose mileage of almost 28 Kmpl will give even diesels a hard time.
Yes, the Grand Vitara will be the first Maruti Suzuki car to feature a powerful hybrid powertrain. Borrowed from Toyota, the powerful hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.5-litre petrol engine (91hp-122Nm) running on the Atkinson cycle mated to an electric motor that produces 78hp-144Nm. combined power amounts to 115 hp and the Grand Vitara can even be driven in fully electric mode.
The SUV will travel around 25 kilometers on battery power, which should make getting around town hassle-free and extremely economical. Speaking of city commuting, the potent hybrid variants of the Grand Vitara will use a 5-speed CVT automatic gearbox. The strong hybrid variants of the SUV will be front-wheel drive.
Maruti Suzuki also offers an all-wheel drive configuration on the Grand Vitara. For that though, you’ll need to buy the mild-hybrid petrol-engined version of the Grand Vitara with a 5-speed manual gearbox. That’s right, the Grand Vitara will also be available with a K15C 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with 102 Bhp-135 Nm on tap. This engine will receive 5-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmissions. All-wheel drive will be offered only with the manual gearbox while automatic trims will drive the front wheels of the SUV.