Suzuki Grand Vitara

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.

To custom-tailor their adventure, consumers can choose among RWD models, Single-Mode four-wheel drive or 4-Mode full-time four-wheel drive; notably, Suzuki's 4-Mode is a traction system unlike anything else offered in the segment. An electronic stability program is standard on all Grand Vitara models, along with a rollover sensor for the standard side curtain airbags. Enhancing the Grand Vitara's on- and off-road performance is a heavy-duty structure underpinned by ladder frame reinforcement. Bringing it all to a stop are standard four-wheel disc brakes.

The Grand Vitara's 4-Mode full time four-wheel drive offers the best of both worlds: an exceptionally capable off-road vehicle that remains civilized on the asphalt. There, drivers can leave the dash-mounted transfer case switch in 4H and the electronically controlled on-demand four-wheel-drive system will apply traction to the front wheels (only as needed), optimizing economy while maximizing traction. When traveling off-road, or for low-speed power and traction, drivers can turn the switch to high-range 4H Lock or low-range 4L Lock to engage the center differential lock.

For RV owners, a Grand Vitara equipped with a manual transmission or with the 4-Mode full-time four-wheel-drive system can also be flat-towed. Switching the transfer case control into the neutral position helps minimize driveline wear and prevent non-driving miles from accumulating on the odometer.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara continues Suzuki's 40-plus year history of building compact, rugged SUVs. The current Grand Vitara has proven its durability in some of the toughest markets around the world. Key to the Grand Vitara's go-anywhere capability is its unibody construction with integrated ladder frame, rugged RWD architecture and four-wheel independent suspension. Typically, only near-luxury and luxury SUVs such as those from Mercedes and BMW offer this premium architecture combination. This type of construction yields the strength and capability sought in large SUVs, while providing the balance, on-road agility and ride quality expected in a modern compact SUV.

Beyond offering a strong yet weight-optimized structure, the Grand Vitara's unibody with built-in ladder frame contributes to superior collision protection. In fact, the 2010 Grand Vitara earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS's) highest rating of “good” for frontal crash protection. The reinforced cabin offers the added safety of head-impact protection padding and front and rear side-impact door beams.

Active safety technology in every Grand Vitara includes an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and stability control with traction control. The electronic stability program stability control helps ensure vehicle stability when cornering, during emergency maneuvers and when driving on slippery road surfaces. Taking input from a variety of sensors, stability control has the ability to apply individual brakes at each wheel and reduce engine torque to help the driver maintain the desired line of travel.

Source: Suzuki press

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