Suzuki Grand Vitara

From Suzuki press: The Suzuki Grand Vitara continues to surprise and delight its owners – and prospective owners – with its balance of genuine off-road capability, on-road composure and day-in, day-out livability. The vehicle's surprising off-road performance is enabled by a reinforced-for-rear-wheel drive (RWD) unibody chassis having more in common with luxury SUVs than the car-based “soft roaders” more typically found at the Grand Vitara's price point. Key chassis features include a stiff structure, incorporating both a unit body and integral ladder frame; four-wheel independent suspension; and four-wheel disc brakes. With its unique combination of off-road credibility and on-road comfort, the Grand Vitara successfully bridges the transportation gap for weekday commuters and weekend adventurers.

Suzuki's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 166 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering EPA fuel economy estimates of up to 19 mpg/city and 26 mpg/highway and using a zero-maintenance timing chain in place of a belt. The Grand Vitara's four-cylinder engine can be teamed to a standard five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission.

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