Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara- Even the Haters can’t Ignore

Maruti Suzuki recently introduced the Grand Vitara in India as a replacement for the ageing S-Cross. The SUV comes with a plethora of features, many of which are new to a Maruti vehicle. Therefore the features on offer are so compelling that even haters cannot ignore this vehicle. So, what are the features that make the car so appealing and prominent, even when the prices have not been officially confirmed? Let’s check out-

1. Panoramic Sunroof

The panoramic sunroof is the most desired feature among Indian customers. Customers have always complained about the lack of sunroofs in Maruti cars, which has resulted in customers switching to other options in the market, but finally, Maruti has begun including sunroofs in the recently launched Brezza and now a panoramic sunroof in the Grand Vitara (first in the lineup). Though it is only available in the top-spec Alpha trim of the mild-hybrid lineup, Maruti offers it as standard with the SUV’s strong-hybrid variants. The second panel slides back a little to create a wider opening, which isn’t typically seen on other models equipped with a panoramic sunroof.

2. Digital Instrument Cluster

A digital driver’s display is just another unique feature for a Maruti vehicle. The strong-hybrid variants of the 2022 Grand Vitara (Zeta+ and Alpha+) get a 7-inch colour display in the instrument cluster, which offers multiple vital details such as speed and odometer readings, as well as a small icon to indicate when the SUV is in ‘Pure EV’ mode.

3. Premium Cabin

Customers in India have always complained about the lack of premium and luxurious interiors in Maruti vehicles. However, on the newly launched 2022 Grand Vitara, Maruti offers quilted leatherette upholstery for the first time. It has a premium appearance and is usually only found in luxury/premium vehicles. It is only available on the SUV’s mild and strong hybrid lineups’ top-spec Alpha and Alpha+ trims. These seats are supportive and comfortable for their occupants. Maruti also provides two cabin themes for the SUV’s two variants: black and maroon for mild hybrid trims and all-black with gold accents for strong hybrid trims.

4. Strong-Hybrid Powertrain

Maruti’s next effort at offering a self-charging hybrid (known as strong-hybrid) powertrain is also with the Grand Vitara. It has an electric motor with 80.2PS and 141Nm of torque and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 116PS. According to Maruti, the SUV’s strong-hybrid version can travel 40% of the distance and 60% of the time in electric or zero-emission mode. The claimed average fuel efficiency figure for this setup is 27.97kmpl, making the Grand Vitara the most fuel-efficient vehicle in India, with a range of around 1,200km on a full tank.

5. All-wheel Drive (AWD) Option

Maruti’s new compact SUV also comes with an all-wheel drivetrain option, which Indian customers cannot overlook. However, it is only available in the mild-hybrid MT trim, which is only available with the top-spec Alpha trim.

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