Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara returns with hybrid options


That’s right, as mentioned in the previous post, Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) has brought back the ‘Grand Vitara’ nameplate for the Indian market. Bookings are already open for a deposit of INR 11,000. The subcompact crossover will be available in Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Zeta+ and Alpha+ trims.

In case you couldn’t figure it out, then I think the designers have done their job in ensuring sufficient styling differentiation between this and the Toyota Hyryder. That’s right, the 2022 Grand Vitara is nothing but MSIL’s version of the Hyryder—which is built around Suzuki’s Global C platform that also underpins the Vitara and the S-Cross globally. Which is also probably why the new Grand Vitara looks more like the 2022 S-Cross (global model) that debuted last November.

But anyway, key exterior features depending on the trim include LED projector headlights, LED running lights, LED taillight signatures, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a panoramic sunroof.

Inside, except for the badge on the steering wheel, it’s the same dashboard as the Hyryder. And unsurprisingly, the features list is the same as well, not that it needs to be different. Key features depending on the trim include a 9-inch central touchscreen, a 7-inch MID, a color head-up display, a wireless smartphone charging pad, tilt & telescopic steering wheel, auto AC, front ventilated seats, Arkamys sound tuning, and more. Download the brochure here.

As for safety features, you get airbags (front, side and curtain), ABS with EBD, adjustable front seat belts, front seat belt reminder, a 360-degree camera view, Isofix mounts, ESP, hill-hold control, hill-descent control, TPMS, and a few more.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the powertrain options start with a mild-hybrid; the same one that powers the new Brezza. It’s a 1.5-litre (1,462 cc) 4-cylinder naturally aspirated K15C petrol engine combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The output figures are 75.8 kW (103 metric hp) at 6000 rpm and 136.8 Nm (101 lb-ft) of torque at 4400 rpm. The engine can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The manual variant offers an AWD option (branded as AllGrip).

And then you have a full hybrid powertrain option borrowed from Toyota; the one that powers the Yaris Cross in the international markets. It’s a 1.5-litre (1,490 cc) 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine (M15A-FXE) combined with an electric motor at the front. The ICE produces 68 kW (92 metric hp) and 122 Nm (90 lb-ft) of torque, while the e-motor develops 59 kW (80 metric hp) and 141 Nm (104 lb-ft) of torque. But the system output is capped at 85 kW (115.5 metric hp). Transmission here is a CVT. This powertrain offers a pure EV mode, but it’s gonna be FWD only. Meaning, you don’t get an AWD option here. Another thing to keep in mind is that this full hybrid powertrain option is exclusive to Zeta+ and Alpha+ trims.

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