For the first time ever the Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV will be available as a two-wheel drive model in a revolutionary change for the brand that claims to have started the compact SUV trend.
Devers says in recent years the boom in 2WD models has maintained SUVs as the fastest growing segment in the market not just in Australia but around the world, with 2WD models now accounting for almost half of all SUV sales locally.
Known as the Urban, the new rear-wheel-drive-only entry-level five-door Grand Vitara will lead an updated line-up of five variants that sees every model receive a revised front end featuring a new grille and bumper, new seat fabrics, two new colours and new 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Grand Vitara Urban will follow the path of all petrol models, being offered exclusively with Suzuki’s 122kW/225Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine tied to either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic.
Suzuki says despite driving two fewer wheels, the Urban matches the 4×4 Grand Vitara’s 1850kg towing capacity.
The Grand Vitara DDiS retains its place as the only turbo-diesel in the range, with the 95kW/300Nm 1.9-litre four-cylinder returning an improved fuel economy figure of 6.8 litres per 100km.
Standard features on the 2WD Urban include cruise control, rear park assist, Bluetooth connectivity and six airbags and stability control.
The Urban sits below the Sport and the range-topping Prestige models that feature a new fully integrated touchscreen satellite navigation system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity standard.
The Sport benefits from new 17-inch alloy wheels and rear park assist, and the automatic-only Prestige lands keyless entry and start, leather upholstery, a sunroof and 18-inch alloys.
Starting at the driveaway price of $26,990, the Grand Vitara Urban is available in White Pearl, Silky Silver, Quasar Grey, Pheonix Red Pearl, Bluish Black Pearl, Clear Beige and the additional new Gaia Bronze and Bison Brown.
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