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2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara news, pictures, and information
Suzuki BOOSTS ECONOMY, PERFORMANCE IN 2009 Grand Vitara• New powerful and efficient four-cylinder engine rated at up to 26 mpg
• All-new V6 delivers better fuel economy and 45 more horsepower than previous V6
• Stronger structure, 50-50 weight distribution, revised front styling and increased off-road performance wîth two four-wheel-drive systems
• More user conveniences such as sliding armrest and visors, illuminated §teering wheel gages and improved HVAC cluster and radio design
• Available Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control inspire discovery and engage senses
Recognized by AutoPacific as the 'ideal' compact SÚV/off-road vehicle, Grand Vitara surpasses other SÚVs in its size and price category in balancing off-road capability wîth the very real needs of a daily commute. The vehicle's surprising off-road performance is matched by an equally impressive interior, making the Grand Vitara the perfect choice for adventure-minded drivers seeking to confidently explore the outside world in comfort and style. The ultimate discovery vehicle, the Grand Vitara helps customers engage directly wîth their environment and their experiences.
For 2009, the rugged and award-winning Suzuki Grand Vitara, a true SÚV in a §egmènt of 'soft-roaders,' offers 'brute-ute' owners the opportunity to resize for better fuel economy without settling for a 'cute-ute' lacking full SÚV capability. A standard, all-new four-cylinder engine provides drivers wîth better mileage, and a new, more powerful V6 delivers fuel economy better than the V6 it replaces.
A new grille and front bumper design accent the Grand Vitara's distinctive, chiseled-yet-elegant lines, wîth additional interior enhancements, including illuminated §teering wheel controls, a sliding front center armrest, visor extenders, HVAC controls, upgraded audio system and updated cloth upholstery. As wîth all retail 2009 Suzuki automobiles and light trucks, the Grand Vitara is backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.
Performance and Functionality
The new Suzuki-developed 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 166 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of peak torque, delivering EPA fuel economy estimates of up to 19 mpg/city and 26 mpg/highway. Available for Grand Vitara XSport and Luxury models is a new 3.2-liter V6 engine wîth 230 horsepower and 213 lb.-ft. of torque, replacing the 2.7-liter V6 engine in last year's Grand Vitara that produced 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite an increase of 45 horsepower, the new V6 betters the old motor in fuel economy ratings. The new engine is also 20 percent cleaner than the 2008 model as measured by the State of California's smog index rating. The new V6 also features variable valve timing for both the intake and exhaust camshafts, and both Grand Vitara engines use a zero-maintenance timing chain in place of a belt.
The Grand Vitara's new four-cylinder engine can be teamed to a standard five-speed manual transmission or a new four-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 is matched to a standard five-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) To help fulfill their sense of adventure, customers can choose among RWD models, Single-Mode four-wheel drive or Four-Mode full-time four-wheel drive, a traction system unlike anything else offered in the §egmènt. The Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) is standard for all Grand Vitara models, along wîth a new rollover sensor for the standard side curtain airbags. Enhancing performance on any road is a strengthened structure for 2009, plus rear disc brakes that replace the previous drums.
Suzuki Four-Mode four-wheel drive offers the best of both worlds: further aided by a completely retuned suspension, it is exceptionally capable off-road but is civilized on the asphalt. On pavement, 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. 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. The V6 models wîth Four-Mode full-time four-wheel drive also feature Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control, which can enhance driving safety on steep slopes.
For RV owners, a Grand Vitara equipped wîth an automatic transmission or wîth the Four-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.
Built Like a Brute
The Suzuki Grand Vitara continues Suzuki's 40-year heritage of building compact but rugged SÚV-type vehicles, including a model named 'Brute.' The current Grand Vitara has proven its durability in some of the toughest global markets. Key to the Grand Vitara's go-anywhere capability is its unibody construction wîth integrated ladder frame, rear-drive-based driveline and four-wheel independent suspension. Typically, only luxury SÚVs offer this premium architecture. This type of construction yields the strength and capability sought in large SÚVs, while providing the on-road agility and ride quality expected in a modern compact SÚV.
Also separating the Grand Vitara from the 'high wagons' in the §egmènt is the availability of a Four-Mode full time four-wheel-drive system wîth two-speed transfer case. This hardware, combined wîth its rugged body construction, steep approach and departure angles, and 7.9 inches of ground clearance (4WD models), enables the Grand Vitara to keep going when the pavement turns to trail. In addition, the Grand Vitara's 3,000-lb. towing capacity (with V6) is double that of many car-based models and enough to haul light recreational boats, ATVs or motorcycles.
Beyond offering a strong-yet-weight-optimized structure, the unibody wîth built-in ladder frame contributes to collision protection in the Grand Vitara. The reinforced cabin has the added safety of head-impact protection pad and front and rear side-impact door beams.
Active safety (the ability to help avoid an accident) technology in every Grand Vitara model includes anti-lock braking system wîth electronic brake-force distribution, tire pressure monitoring system and ESP wîth traction control. ESP helps ensure vehicle stability when cornering, under acceleration, during emergency maneuvers and when driving on slippery road surfaces. Taking input from a variety of sensors, ESP has the ability to apply individual brakes and reduce engine torque to help the driver maintain the desired line of travel.
Standard passive safety features in every Grand Vitara model include driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbag supplemental restraint systems (SRS), advanced dual-stage front airbag SRS, advanced weight-sensing front passenger airbag SRS and front and rear side-curtain airbags networked wîth a rollover sensor. The three-point driver and front passenger seat belts feature pretensioners and shoulder height adjustment. Each rear seating position is equipped wîth a three-point seatbelt and a headrest. Also provided is a rear child-seat LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).
The Grand Vitara's safety engineering also reflects Suzuki's attention to pedestrian impacts demanded in many global markets. The front end and the bumper integrate energy-absorbing materials to help reduce the possibility of serious leg injuries. The hood is designed to absorb some of the impact and help protect against serious head injuries. These factors helped the 2009 Grand Vitara earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating of good in its most recent frontal crash protection test. In combination, these active and passive safety features make Grand Vitara one of the best-equipped compact SÚVs wîth respect to safety.
The Look and Function of a Suzuki
To simplify and improve the driver experience, Suzuki offers easy-to-use features that add useful, real-world functionality to each vehicle. The Grand Vitara shows its Suzuki sensibilities in the simple, uncluttered design. Form follows function, wîth styling that does not compromise visibility, as it does in many crossover-type SÚVs. Handsome good looks are part of the mix, too, along wîth SÚV necessities, including short overhangs and roof rails. Exterior mirrors, door handles and bumpers are all color keyed.
The compact exterior footprint contains a roomy, comfortable and versatile cabin to take people and cargo on daily trips or extraordinary voyages. The Grand Vitara offers comfortable seating for five, including reclining rear seats, and 24.4 cu.-ft. of storage space wîth the rear seats up. Cargo space expands to 68.9 cu.-ft. wîth the 60/40 split-folding seatbacks folded. High-quality materials and attention to fit and finish should help make a driver accustomed to a large luxury SÚV feel at home. Controls are easy to access and use, which anyone used to driving a large luxury SÚV might find refreshing.
Four Trim Lines, Two Engines, Three Drivelines
|Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 166 hp
Torque: 162 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.2 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 230 hp
Torque: 213 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic, 5-speed Automatic
The Premium model (four-cylinder only) adds an available four-speed automatic transmission, a leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth illuminated audio controls, cruise control, privacy glass, full-size spare tire cover, cargo cover, and, when equipped wîth the optional Single-Mode four-wheel drive, heated exterior mirrors.
The XSport, available wîth RWD or Four-Mode four-wheel drive, adds function and luxury features, including power tilt-and-slide sunroof, the SmartPass™ keyless entry and start system, six-disc CD changer, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, roof rack rails and fog lamps. With the V6, XSport 4WD also gains Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, eight-speaker audio system wîth subwoofer and center channel speaker and door-mounted courtesy lights. In addition, the XSport deletes the full-size spare tire cover and replaces the standard steel spare wheel wîth a handsome matching alloy for a strong SÚV image.
The top-of-the-line Luxury builds on the XSport equipment and adds leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, eight-speaker audio wîth subwoofer and center channel speaker black wood grain trim accents and full-size spare tire cover (with steel spare). With the V6, the Grand Vitara Luxury trim line also receives 18-inch alloy wheels and a HomeLink® wireless control system. In all Grand Vitara models, standard and optional audio systems are XM Satellite Radio®-capable, and an accessory iPod® interface is available. A connected iPod® works seamlessly through the radio or the §teering-wheel-integrated controls, wîth playlists and track information appearing on the audio display.
SUZUKI PUTS THE ‘STYLE' IN LIFESTYLE WITH CUSTOM ACCESSORIESComplementing Suzuki's versatile, eye-catching vehicle lineup, the company provides a wide array of Suzuki Genuine Accessories – a line of style-enhancing trim packages and add-ons designed to personalize Suzuki cars and trucks sold in the Únited States. In addition to interior and exterior extras designed to turn heads, including a collection of custom wheels, exhaust tips, body kits and carbon fiber and wood trim options, Suzuki offers an assortment of features designed to enhance vehicle versatility and onboard entertainment. Most popular are Suzuki's cargo-carrying offerings, including roof racks and compartments for skis, snowboards, kayaks and bicycles. Sales of the company's electronic accessories also have seen considerable growth, such as adaptor kits for iPod® digital music players and Bluetooth® wireless modules.
Suzuki Genuine Accessories are available for the all-new Equator midsize pickup truck, four-door SX4 Sport, five-door SX4 Crossover, XL7 midsize crossover and rugged Grand Vitara. The accessories can be purchased through local Suzuki dealers.Source - Suzuki
For the North American market, the Suzuki Sidekick was first introduced in 1989. It was offered in two bodystyles including a two-door convertible or hardtop. The JA version was fitted with a 1.3-liter engine. The JX and JLX trim levels had a 1.6-liter engine rated at 80 horsepower and given a four-wheel drive system. The JLX version was removed from the line-up in 1990. A four-door version of the Sidekick was introduced in 1991, sitting on a larger wheelbase, and greatly enhancing the versatility and appeal of the vehicle. A Sport version appeared in 1996, featuring a 1.8-liter engine that was good for 120 horsepower. The package included 16-inch alloy wheels, a two-tone paint scheme, and dual airbags for safety.
1996 was the same year Suzuki introduced their X-90, which was basically a Sidekick with two doors, seating for two, a trunk, removable T-bar roof, and a much rounder body. Mechanically, they were identical. The X-90 never sold well as the public did not agree with the design. Production lasted for a short time, ending in 1998.
In 1999, the Sidekick/Escudo/Vitara was redesigned. For North America, the name 'Sidekick' was dropped in favor of Vitara. The four-seater vehicle could be purchased with a 1.3L, 1.6L, or 1.8L four-cylinder engine with carburetion or electronic fuel injection. Diesel engines were made available in Europe. A four-speed manual was standard, with a five-speed manual and automatic being offered as optional equipment. The Vitara came in two- or four-door models or soft-top 2-door models.
The Vitara remained in production in North America until 2003. Its twin, the Chevrolet Tracker, follwed the same fortune the following year.
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