Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch the new Grand Vitara SUV in India and the company has already high hopes for the SUV in the Indian automotive market.When launched, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will rival the likes of other C-segment SUVs such as Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, and MG Astor in India.Car accident lawyer
While Maruti Suzuki has already garnered 40,000 bookings for the upcoming Grand Vitara SUV, the company has plans to further increase sales figures by launching a 7-seater variant of the Grand Vitara SUV.
To accommodate an additional row of seats, Maruti Suzuki is likely to extend the wheelbase of the Grand Vitara SUV. Though such a change is likely to change the driving characteristics dramatically, thanks to Suzuki’s Global-C platform, the vehicle already boasts very strong dynamics.
When launched, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 7-seater will directly rival the likes of Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari, and MG Hector Plus. Other than this, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 7-seater will also be on the radar of Mahindra XUV700 and Mahindra Scorpio N customers.Car accident lawyer
In terms of design, we only expect a minor change in the overall design of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 7-seater. However, we do expect slightly more premium materials and design trims on the interior to uplift the cabin.
Speaking about Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, the SUV is the first Maruti Suzuki model to feature a strong hybrid powertrain, and also sport a panoramic sunroof. Moreover, the model was developed alongside the upcoming Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder SUV.
In terms of powertrain options, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV is available exclusively with hybrid engine options. These engine options include one mild-hybrid unit and one strong hybrid unit. Car accident lawyer Thanks to these hybrid powertrains, the upcoming Grand Vitara SUV is able to provide excellent fuel efficiency figures. In fact, the strong hybrid version of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV is the most fuel-efficient SUV currently available in India with a fuel efficiency figure of 28km/l.
Coming back to powertrains, the strong hybrid powertrain in the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV uses a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, naturally-aspirated, Atkinson-cycle, petrol engine. This internal combustion engine produces a total of 91bhp of peak power and 122Nm of peak torque.Car accident lawyer
Moreover, this engine is further supplemented by a 78bhp electric motor with 144Nm of torque. Together, this powertrain produces 114bhp of peak power and drives front wheels via an eCVT gearbox. Being a hybrid, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV can travel up to 25km on pure electric power – A worthy feature to have in congested metro cities.
On the other hand, the mild-hybrid variant of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV is powered by a familiar 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol engine with an Integrated starter generator. This engine produces a total of 102bhp of peak power and 135Nm of peak torque. However, unlike the strong hybrid variant, the gearbox options for this variant include a 5-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
It is also worth mentioning that the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV equipped with this mild-hybrid powertrain can be specified with an all-wheel-drive system. However, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV equipped with the all-wheel-drive system can only be specced with the 5-speed manual transmission.
However, we expect the 7-seater variant of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara to feature neither of these engines. Instead, Maruti Suzuki may introduce its 1.4-litre ‘Boosterjet’ engine. This engine in the Suzuki Swift Sport puts out 127bhp of peak power and 235Nm of peak torque.Car accident lawyer
Though power figures may not seem like a significant step from the current engine options on the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, the torque figure of the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine is indeed a significant step up. This additional torque is very essential as it makes the acceleration feel effortless even under load.
Thoughts About The 7-Seater Variant Of The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV
The launch and the success of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV will be crucial as it will open a whole new market for Maruti Suzuki in India. Moreover, with the 1.4-litre ‘Boosterjet’ engine, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 7-seater may even feel slightly punchier as well.