In essence, the new Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser Hyryder are the latest shared products to spawn from the Toyota-Suzuki alliance.
A few days back, Toyota India stole the show by revealing the Urban Cruiser Hyryder – the brand's first-ever self-charging strong hybrid offering in the country. And today, it's Maruti Suzuki's turn to unveil its counterpart – the Grand Vitara. What makes both these models significant is the fact that they are the first midsize SUVs in the country to offer strong hybrid technology and all-wheel drive.
Like the Hyryder, the Grand Vitara's key highlight is that it will go on sale with two petrol powertrain grades – mild hybrid (Smart Hybrid) and strong hybrid (Electric Hybrid). The former features Maruti Suzuki's 1.5-liter K15C DualJet VVT motor with an integrated starter generator (ISG). The 1,462cc four-cylinder petrol motor develops 101.6bhp and 136.8Nm of torque. Gearbox options include a standard five-speed manual and a six-speed torque converter automatic (with paddle shifters). Moreover, the mild hybrid grade also comes with a segment-first all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – Suzuki AllGrip – which offers four user-selectable operation modes (Auto, Sport, Snow, and Lock).
Thanks to the presence of features like Brake Energy Regeneration and Idle Stop/Start, the mild hybrid grade of the Grand Vitara returns a fuel-efficiency figure of 21.11km/l.
The strong hybrid grade offers a Toyota-sourced 1.5-liter TNGA Atkinson cycle engine, which develops 91bhp and 122Nm of torque. The hybrid system comprises a 177.6V Li-ion battery and an AC synchronous motor. The hybrid component develops 79bhp and 141Nm of torque. Combined, the hybrid powertrain, mated to an e-CVT gearbox, develops a maximum power of 114bhp. Unlike the mild-hybrid grade though, the storing hybrid variants will be offered with front-wheel-drive only. However, there are four drive modes on offer as well – Normal, EV, Eco, and Power.
Thanks to self-charging tech, the strong hybrid grade of the Grand Vitara has an unprecedented fuel economy of 27.97km/l, which easily makes it the most fuel-efficient SUV on sale in the country.
In terms of features, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara comes equipped with a Colored Head-Up Display, a 360-degree surround-view camera with approaching object detection & dynamic reverse gridlines, and a Smart Play Pro + infotainment system with a nine-inch HD touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Premium features like ventilated front seats, a fully-digital instrument cluster, and a panoramic sunroof are also on offer.
Key rivals to the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara are the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder.