Maruti Suzuki will announce the pricing of the Grand Vitara compact SUV in the next three to four days, according to Marketing and Sales Director of India’s largest automaker Shashank Srivastava. Delivery of Grand Vitara will begin with the festive season of Navratri, which starts on September 26, 2022.
Grand Vitara replaces S-Cross in Maruti Suzuki’s premium NEXA range and is open for reservations for over a month. Maruti Suzuki has already made over 50,000 reservations for the Grand Vitara, and about 40% of those reservations are for the powerful hybrid version. A best-in-class feature, the all-wheel drive option is also available on the SUV, with around 5-7% reservations for all-wheel drive models. The remaining 55% of the reservation is for the mild hybrid trim of the compact SUV.
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara has a brother named Hyryder Urban Cruiser that is sold with the Toyota badge. Both SUVs are mechanically similar, only the style is the main difference. Of course, Maruti Suzuki could price the Grand Vitara lower than the Toyota Hyryder Urban Cruiser and give buyers more choice. Hyryder starts at about Rs. For $150,000, the Grand Vitara can be tens of thousands of dollars cheaper.
Both SUVs compete with Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Volkswagen Tygan and Skoda Kushak. Both SUVs will be produced by Toyota at its Bidadi plant near Bengaluru, and the Grand Vita will be delivered to Maruti Suzuki NEXA dealerships nationwide. The Grand Vitara and Hyryder Urban Cruiser are very similar, but the after-sales service is handled by each brand. Think Renault Duster-Nissan Terrano or Volkswagen Vento-Skoda Rapid.
The compact SUV featured in the mechanical of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is available in two powertrains: a mild hybrid and a powerful hybrid. The mild hybrid combines a 1.5 liter K15C naturally aspirated gasoline engine (102Bhp-137Nm) with a Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System mild hybrid unit to support rapid acceleration, brake energy regeneration and idling stop technology. A front-wheel drive option is also available in the manual gearbox of the mild hybrid powertrain.
It remains to be seen whether Maruti Suzuki will offer a six-speed automatic transmission along with a mild hybrid powertrain. The powerful hybrid consists of a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine (91Bhp-122Nm) running on Atkinson’s cycle. This motor is paired with an electric motor that makes 78Bhp-141Nm. Combined output is 115 Bhp, and the SUV can also travel about 25 km in pure electric mode. This is one of the best-in-class features.