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New Suzuki Grand Vitara confirmed for South Africa, first details released

Johannesburg - Suzuki gave South Africans the first taste of its new Grand Vitara at the Festival of Motoring at Kyalami at the weekend, with the importer confirming its expected local arrival in the first quarter of 2023.

 

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A far cry from the previous Suzuki Grand Vitara, which was a hardcore 4×4, the newcomer fits the mould of a modern urban SUV, with most variants featuring front-wheel drive.

The newcomer is also a product of the rapidly expanding alliance between Suzuki and Toyota although this time around it’s a bit more complicated as the vehicle was designed and developed by Suzuki, but built in Toyota’s Kirloskar factory in India. The Toyota version is called the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, which is probably not coming our way as it could clash with the locally produced Corolla Cross.

Local pricing for the new Suzuki Grand Vitara will only be released closer to launch, but expect it to compete with larger compact SUVs such as the Hyundai Creta.

Suzuki Auto SA has confirmed that local buyers will get to choose between two 1.5-litre powertrains. At the lower end of the range will be the familiar K15B petrol engine that powers most models in the current line-up, where it produces 77kW and 138Nm. This engine will be paired with either manual or automatic transmission, with power going to the front wheels only.

 

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