The Suzuki grand  Vitara nameplate has returned, with the reveal of a new small SUV in India. It is designed for developing regions such as India and Africa. Maruti Suzuki engineered the Grand Vitara, the highest-selling vehicle brand in the world’s second most populous country with assistance from Mark’s partnership with Toyota. it is an almost identical twin to the Toyota High Rider and utilises the Japanese Giant’s hybrid technology featuring an entire petrol-electric powertrain available on Flagship variants.

This badge engineering agreement includes the Toyota Glanza, a re-badged Suzuki Baleno for emerging markets. The Suzuki sold in Europe is a mildly styled Toyota RAV-4 plug-in hybrid to help meet the continent’s strict emission standards.

In terms of dimensions,  the Suzuki Grand Vitara measures 4345 millimetres in length, 1795 millimetres in width and 1645 millimetres in height. The latest Grand Vitara is significantly shorter than the previous five-door model which measured 4,500 millimetres long

Stepping inside, the Grand Vitara pack plenty of modern tech features. This starts from a 9-inch infotainment system with Wireless Apple car play and Android auto. Also available, is a semi-digital instrument cluster, flip-up head-up display, wireless phone charger and ventilated front seats.

In terms of safety and driver assistance features, Maruti Suzuki claims the Suzuki Grand Vitara will feature six airbags and a 360-degree camera system. However, there is no mention of active safety technology such as autonomous emergency braking.

under the hood, the Grand Vitara features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder Hybrid engine. This is similar to the unit fitted to the Toyota Yaris and Yaris cross producing 85 kilowatts of Power with a claimed fuel efficiency of 3.6 litres per 100 Kilometers. Also available is a 12-volt mild hybrid version of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder power train that punches out an output of 76 kilowatts and 137 newton meters. This powertrain setup comes as standard in Lower grades.

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