The Suzuki Grand Vitara was first launched in Japan back in 1988. It was also the first compact SUV to be introduced in Japan where it is known as Escudo. Suzuki Motor Corporation has taken this SUV and given it a more luxurious and attractive makeover with major updates seen both in its interiors and exterior designs.
Besides cosmetic changes, the Grand Vitara is now sturdier and with enhanced performance as it is fitted with eight spoke 17” aluminum alloy wheels, a hefty looking bumper, chrome side moldings and two body shaped fins. Its façade is styled with Suzuki Super Polypropylene which is not only lighter but is also possible to retain its luster which negates the use of any paint being applied to its surface.
Two new body colors are added to the existing 9 colors and include Bison Brown Pearl Metallic and Gaia Bronze Pearl Metallic. Interiors are seen in new upholstery giving it a sporty appeal. Suzuki Grand Vitara is best suited as an off road vehicle thanks to its lightweight body and sturdy design.
For more information, read the news release below.
Newly developed styling for Suzuki Grand Vitara
Suzuki Motor Corporation has enhanced the Grand Vitara and made it even more appealing with new interior and exterior design features.
The updated Grand Vitara has a newly developed more powerful and sporty look thanks to a new grille with two boldly shaped fins, a thick, sturdy-looking front bumper, and chrome side moldings. It is fitted with dynamic, eight-spoke, 17″ aluminium-alloy wheels – or alternatively with 10-spoke, 18 aluminium-alloy wheels in which the slim spokes suggest powerful movement. The front under garnish is made from the newly developed SSPP (Suzuki Super Polypropylene*), which has the environmental advantage of being lighter than the previous material and so attractively coloured that it does not need to be painted. The nine body colours available include the new Bison Brown Pearl Metallic 2 (ZUF) and Gaia Bronze Pearl Metallic (ZUG).
The five- and three-door versions of the Grand Vitara each have a new seat fabric. The new fabric for the five-door version adds refinement to the sporty interior design. It features diagonal and vertical stripes which emphasize quality, lines which give a sense of thickness and ruggedness, and distinctive details. The new fabric for the three-door version has a close-knit pattern which highlights sportiness.
The Grand Vitara debuted in Japan in 1988 as the Escudo – the world’s first compact sport utility vehicle – and has remained the flagbearer for Suzuki’s four-wheel-drive (4WD) lineup. With near-50:50 weight distribution (benefiting from a powertrain based on a longitudinally mounted front engine and rear-wheel drive), a centre differential equipped 4WD system, all-round independent suspension, and a body which combines lightweight unibody design with a sturdy ladder frame, it embodies Suzuki’s concept of an ‘off-road athlete’. In addition to providing outstanding off-road capability, the Grand Vitara delivers on-road stability and comfort. Its styling conveys both refinement and strength, and its performance on diverse surfaces exceeds conventional expectations of a compact SUV.
*) SSPP (Suzuki Super Polypropylene) is a resin material developed by Suzuki which is approximately 10 percent lighter than the current polypropylene and ideal for material colouring purposes.
The restyled Grand Vitara will be shown at the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) from 29 August to 9 September 2012 (Crocus Expo, exhibition pavilion no 3, hall no 14, display booth no C103).