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by George Skentzos

The Suzuki Grand Vitara range is set to welcome a much needed powerful and economical turbo-diesel variant to its line-up next month.

Backed by high customer demand, the diesel variant will also receive a full compliment of standard equipment with a $34,990 price tag.

Boasting a 1.9-litre Direct Diesel injection System (DDiS) intercooled and turbocharged engine, this new Vitara will sport a modest 95kW and an all crucial torque figure of 300Nm from just 2000rpm.


“That makes the new turbo-diesel version not only the most powerful in the Grand Vitara line-up but also the most economical, sipping just 7.6 litres of diesel to cover 100 kilometres.”

To put this into perspective, the Grand Vitara – which is by no means a small car – could travel from Sydney to Melbourne on a single tank of fuel.

With a diesel particulate filter, it easily meets strict Euro IV standards, with harmful carbon monoxide emissions kept to just 0.50 grams per kilometre.


The diesel engine also compliments the Grand Vitara’s off-road credentials as one of few compact SUV’s to feature a dual range transmission.

Inside you will find a host of safety equipment including ESP with traction control, six airbags and ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist.

Standard luxuries such as cruise control, MP3 compatible CD player, climate control air-conditioning and power windows and mirrors all contribute to the appeal of the turbo-diesel Grand Vitara due to hits showrooms February 1.

CarAdvice will have a first steer available within the next few days.