2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara 3-door review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 24 March 2007 , 10:03:08 byAlina

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Suzuki Grand Vitara 3-door

Suzuki is offering apart from the 5-door Grand Vitara, a 3-door version of the model that will be available from April for EUR 14.999. The model will be powered by a new 1.9 DDiS engine that will send the power to the wheels through a five-speed transmission. It will be able to produce 129 PS and 300 Nm of torque. Despite the output, the Grand Vitara achieves 38.2 mpg on the combined cycle and the CO2 emission level is set for 195 g/km. The carmaker equipped the model with climate control air conditioning, front electric windows, an integrated radio/CD player, tinted glass, reclining rear seats, heated and folding door mirrors and so on. Because of a unique lightweight body combined with a stiff, built-in ladder frame, rigidity matches the most traditional of off roaders. A relatively long wheelbase has permitted a roomy cabin with front and back legroom in comparison with models from a higher segment.

3-DOOR DIESEL MODEL JOINS SUZUKI'S GRAND VITARA LINE-UP

Customers opting for a diesel powered Suzuki Grand Vitara have until now been restricted in their choice to the larger 5-door bodystyle, but a new 3-door model joins the range from April, priced at a competitive 14,999 on-the-road.

Unlike its petrol-engined 3-door sibling, which is essentially a 'soft roader', the new 1.9 DDiS Grand Vitara adopts the drivetrain of the manual transmission 5-door models and supplements permanent four-wheel drive with a centre differential lock and a low range to ensure serious and outstanding off road capability. It can therefore tackle tough, muddy off-road conditions with ease, while the system's four different modes are easily selected via a dash-mounted rotary switch.

Power output from the Renault-supplied intercooled and turbocharged engine is 129 PS, and a hefty 221 lb ft (300 Nm) of torque peaking at 2000 rpm delivers reassuring ability in both on and off-road driving situations. Such output doesn't penalise fuel economy either, and the 1.9 DDiS 3 door Grand Vitara achieves 38.2 mpg on the combined cycle, while carbon dioxide emissions are 195 g/km.

In line with other Grand Vitara models, equipment levels are generous, and include climate control air conditioning, front electric windows, an integrated radio/CD player with steering wheel mounted audio controls, tinted glass, tilt adjustable steering, reclining rear seats, heated and folding door mirrors, immobiliser, alloys and front fogs. Outstanding safety credentials include front, side and curtain airbags for front seat occupants, plus curtain airbags in the rear.

Thanks to a unique lightweight monocoque body combined with a stiff, built-in ladder frame, rigidity matches the most traditional of off roaders. In contrast to the 5-door model's understated elegance, the 3-door with its 'crouched' muscular form projects a more sporty persona. A relatively long wheelbase has permitted a roomy cabin with front and rear legroom comparable to that of models from a higher segment.

The 1.9 DDiS 3-door joins a line-up comprising 1.6-litre VVT and VVT+ 3-door manual models; 2.0-litre 16v 5-door manual and automatic models; and 1.9 DDiS 5-door manual model.