The Grand Vitara will become the flagship offering from Maruti once it is launched in India.
The upcoming Maruti SUV, the Grand Vitara, will be launched in India on the 26th of September. After years of offering mild-hybrid systems on its cars, the Grand Vitara will become the first offering from Maruti Suzuki to sport a hybrid system. The strong hybrid technology has been borrowed from Toyota, which also sells the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, which shares its underpinnings with the Grand Vitara.
Apart from the strong hybrid, Maruti is also offering a mild-hybrid version. Both will sport 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engines, but while the mild-hybrid will use the 1.5-litre motor from the Brezza, the strong hybrid gets a three-cylinder engine from Toyota that runs on the Atkinson cycle. The mild-hybrid system will also offer AWD (all-wheel drive). The strong hybrid will be an automatic-only offering because of the tech, but the mild hybrid can be had with either a manual or an automatic.
On the features front, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will sport a 360-degree camera, wireless smartphone charging, connected car tech, and ambient lighting to spruce up the cabin. There are also disc brakes on all wheels, ESP, hill-hold, a tyre pressure monitoring system and six airbags.
Maruti is arriving in the compact SUV space late, but with the all-crucial hybrid tech that could set it up for the future. It will be a big boost for Maruti as it will once again be able to boast of diesel-like efficiency numbers or even better. Apart from its Toyota cousin, the Grand Vitara will battle it out against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq.