Maruti may soon launch the CNG-powered Grand Vitara at a premium of roughly a lakh over the equivalent petrol variant.
Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch a new CNG car next month. This time, it's the recently launched Grand Vitara, which will soon be offered as a CNG-Petrol dual-fuel option, making it the latest NEXA vehicle to adopt the CNG alternative. The firm already introduced CNG versions of the Baleno and XL6 earlier this month.
The same 1.5-litre petrol engine will power the Grand Vitara CNG as the recently revealed the XL6 CNG. With the alternative fuel, this engine produces 121.5Nm and 87bhp. Expect the Grand Vitara CNG to deliver a mileage of up to 26.1km/kg, if the Toyota Hyryder CNG's company-claimed fuel economy is anything to go by. This figure, however, is less than the Grand Vitara strong hybrid's advertised economy of 27.97km/l.
We expect Maruti to offer the comparable Grand Vitara variants (Delta and Zeta) with the cleaner fuel alternative, based on the versions of the Hyryder CNG. The Maruti Grand Vitara's Delta and Zeta trims share a number of features, including ISOFIX child seat anchors, auto AC with rear AC vents, height-adjustable driver seat, and LED DRLs and taillights.
As for the launch timeline, Maruti Suzuki will introduce the Grand Vitara CNG after the Toyota Hyryder CNG, which is expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.