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The Suzuki Grand Vitara is back with hybrid power

The crossover grows in size once again to fit its returning name

This Grand Vitara now comes from India, rather than Hungary. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Do you remember when the Suzuki Vitara was called the Grand Vitara? That crossover grew in size (and engine displacement) compared to its diminutive predecessor, only to once again shrink down for its fourth generation as it gained an all-wheel drive system called AllGrip.

It looks like the crossover is once again returning to its “Grand” roots, as it once again grows in size, adopts two new powertrains, and will be sourced from India.

The new Grand Vitara drops its friendly looks for a more menacing, stately appearance. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

The new Maruti Suzuki-manufactured Grand Vitara obviously grows in dimensions. Where its fourth-generation predecessor was 4,175mm long, 1,775mm wide, and 1,610mm tall, the fifth-generation Grand Vitara is now 4,345mm long, 1,795mm wide, and 1,645mm tall.

Aside from its bigger stature, it also features a “dynamic and aggressive” design language with a larger grille, 17-inch wheels, and a singular character line that flows from front to back to meet the two taillamps.

Suzuki really filled the Grand Vitara's cabin to the brim with tech. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

The cabin itself is specced to the brim, with features like a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster with a heads-up display, a nine-inch infotainment with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a wireless charger.

Plus, it even allows you to connect to your car via an app called Suzuki Connect, which allows you to remotely control the air-conditioning, unlock the doors, and monitor your vehicle’s health all from your phone, and also works on a smartwatch and via Amazon Alexa.

Suzuki's AllGrip system can only be found in the mild-hybrid variant. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

As for powertrains, you’re presented with two options:

The first is a mild-hybrid powertrain. It pairs a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with a 12V integrated starter-generator with a 6Ah lithium-ion battery. It produces 102hp and 136Nm, and you can either have it with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

The second is the intelligent electric hybrid system, which mates a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery to an e-CVT. The combined output is 114hp and 141Nm. Unfortunately, the AllGrip all-wheel-drive system is only available on the manual-transmission mild-hybrid, as everything else is two-wheel-drive.

This is one model that we can't wait to try out ourselves. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

With how Suzuki Philippines recently discontinued the Hungary-sourced Vitara, could this be a more interesting and affordable successor if it lands on our shores?

Sam Surla

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