The Grand Vitara is the only car in the segment/price bracket to offer an AWD option with a petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara All-Grip is the newest offering in the Indian market from Maruti and Suzuki Pvt Ltd. This compact SUV is built in partnership with Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. while keeping all the geological formations and people’s choices. This the first product in M&S’s lineup to gets soo many features for the first time, like the panoramic sunroof.
The buyers are giving proper attention to the product and 53,000 pre-booking are also made. But the question is, why the AWD trim is not getting much attention?
So there in this article, we’ll discuss all the possible points that could determine, why people are tilting towards the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara All-Grip.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara All-Grip: Platform and Chassis?
The new Grand Vitara is based on Suzuki’s Global C-Platform, which underpins the Brezza, S-cross. In a crash test, both the cars scored a 4-star safety rating for the front passengers and 2 stars for the children’s row.
The chassis used in the Grand Vitara is a monocoque, that reduces the body roll. It also offers better stability and a controlled drive at high speeds. The combination of platform and chassis are tuned in a way to deliver a good offroading performance too. Don’t expect performance like a ladder on frame chassis, they are designed to handle that stress and situations.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara All-Grip: Dimensions, Tyres, and Ground Clearance?
The Grand Vitara runs on 17-inches alloy wheels with 216/60 R17 section tyres and the spare tyres are a space saver 16-inch one. The dimensions of the compact SUV are- 4,365 mm in length, 1,795 mm in width, and 1,645 mm in height. While the wheelbase is at 2,600 mm.
The Ground Clearance offered here is really good at 210 mm, which helps in doing off-road obstacles without touching the underbelly. The departure and approach angle is also enough good and it won’t touch on decent inclines and declines.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara All-Grip: AWD System Explained.
The All-Grip AWD powertrain system is available with four different drive modes- Auto, Snow, Sport, and Lock.
Auto Mode: In this mode, the SUV normally drives on two wheels but delivers the power to the rear wheels, when it losses traction or more power is needed. This is the default mode and preferable to use in the city and on highways.
Sport Mode: Sports means power, thus in this mode, the All-Grip system powers all the wheels accordingly by understanding, where the actual need is. So that the rider becomes peppy and controlled on sharp turns.
Snow Mode: Snow Mode means the required best traction, here in this mode, the system delivers the power to all the wheels according to the requirements. So that the car won’t slip and maintain a stable line.
Lock Mode: The lock mode is a mixture of snow mode and sport mode. In this mode, the system delivers an almost 50:50 ratio to all four wheels under the working of a low gear ratio. This mode is best suited for proper offroading, which can get the car out of almost every situation.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara All-Grip: Engine and Transmission?
Powering the Grand Vitara All-Grip version is a single K15 Series 1.5L, 4-Cylinder Naturally Aspirated Petrol motor, which produces 103 bhp of max power and 137 Nm of peak torque mated to a single 5-speed manual transmission option.
The power figures of the engine are decent, but we could say there is still room for improvement. The 137 Nm of torque creates a bit of an issue at the low end when the car struggles for the power punch. The engine becomes a bit vocal at the high revs but overall the refinement and NVH levels of the engine are well controlled.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara All-Grip: Suspension and Brakes?
The suspension duties have been taken care of by MacPherson Struts at the front and Torsion Beam with a stabilizer at the rear. The suspension is tuned towards the stiffer side which helps the car in offroading and triple-digit speeds.
Grand Vitara features with all four disc ventilated solid brakes with ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist features.
Why peoples are not choosing it as their off-road vehicle?
Since it’s a monocoque chassis-built compact SUV with a 1.5L Naturally Aspirated petrol engine. The 4×4 buyers are always looking for a ladder-on-frame diesel engine SUV because the diesel engine has better low-end power and differential locks.
Also, it’s the first AWD product from Maruti, and its capabilities are not experienced by the buyers, so maybe this could be the reason why everyone is avoiding the All-Grip trims and going for the FWD.
If we look at the booking number, the Grand Vitara got 53K bookings in total. 22k is for the strong hybrid and 32k is for the mild hybrid (FWD+AWD). The specific numbers of the AWD All-Grip lie somewhere around 4-6k. Which is around 10% of the total bookings.
What are the points of improvement?
However, the Grand Vitara has good off=road capability and can tackle any kind of situation with its AWD and technology. But there is still room for improvement in some areas.
Traction Control: The traction control features work quite well but in some slipper patches, the SUV struggles for traction, and all four wheels spin to get some traction on the surface. This can be upgraded with dedicated better traction features for slippery surfaces.
Approach and Departure Angle: Being a monocoque SUV, this problem comes in every car built on the same specifications. The front hood is quite long and that reduces the approach angle. We thought there will be no issue with the departure angle but the addition of some degrees would be great.
Ground Clearance: It gets 210 mm of ground clearance, which is no doubt a good one. But the wheelbase is quite long at 2.600 mm which makes the belly sometimes touches the obstacle. If it could be increased by 5-10 mm, then it would be great.
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