2007 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA: PERFORMANCE, SAFETY, STYLESport-ute offers combination of refined on-road handling and rugged off-road performance
In 2006, the Suzuki Grand Vitara was reborn, ushering in a new generation of Suzuki vehicles built to satisfy the needs of people who live active lifestyles. Its complete transformation leads the Suzuki brand to new levels of refinement and style at a value-packed price. For 2007, the Suzuki Grand Vitara is sure to impress on challenging off-road trails and drives around town, with a powerful 2.7-liter, V6 engine, advanced chassis design and available four-wheel drive, an extensive list of safety features and interior amenities and sleek styling – inside and out.
In a banner year, American Suzuki collected numerous top honors for its new sport-ute, including Sport Truck Connection Television's 'Annual Light Truck and SÚV' award, the 'Best Kept Secret of 2006' editors' choice award by Autobytel and Autopacific's 'Vehicle Satisfaction' Award for best compact SÚV. The Grand Vitara also was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year and Four Wheeler magazine's Four Wheeler of the Year. Wide-ranging recognition for the Grand Vitara reinforces Suzuki's position in the North American market as a brand on the rise.
For the 2007 model year, the Grand Vitara benefits from a variety of enhancements and upgrades, including the addition of a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), trip computer upgrades and more. The trip computer now provides the driver with cumulative average fuel economy numbers as well as the estimated number of miles that can be driven before refueling.
As with all 2007 Suzuki automobiles, the Grand Vitara is backed by America's #1 Warranty: 100,000-miles/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.
Standard DOHC V6 Power and Available Four-Wheel-Drive Traction
The standard 2.7-liter, V6, 24-valve DOHC engine delivers 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine gives the Grand Vitara a tow rating of 3,000 pounds – enough to haul light recreational boats, personal watercraft or motorcycles – ideally, Suzuki motorcycles.
Advanced technology in the Grand Vitara engine also reduces maintenance requirements. The dual overhead camshafts are driven by a self-adjusting, self-lubricating timing chain (not a timing belt) that requires no maintenance in normal service. In addition, a specially tuned variable induction system (VIS) improves throttle response and increases overall engine efficiency. As part of the overall refinement, the engine now sits on hydraulic engine mounts to further reduce vibration and noise.
The Grand Vitara is fitted with a smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. It also offers an available electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The Grand Vitara is very capable off-road. With excellent approach, break-over and departure angles, and 7.9 inches of ground clearance, (7.4 inches for rear-wheel-drive models) the Grand Vitara is ready for serious off-roading.
The Grand Vitara also offers a sophisticated available Four-Mode full-time four-wheel-drive system with two-speed transfer case. On the road, drivers have the security of full-time four-wheel drive, and when traveling off-road, drivers can use an interior-mounted switch to engage the center differential lock. If the going is really slow, the driver can select the Low (4L Lock) mode for low-speed power and traction. In addition, vehicles equipped with the Four-Mode system can be towed with all four wheels on the ground (with the transfer case switch in the neutral position) to reduce driveline wear and prevent non-driving miles from accumulating on the odometer – a feature that is sure to please the RV crowd.
The Grand Vitara delivers EPA fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway with the manual transmission, 19 mph/city and 24 mpg/highway with the automatic transmission in two-wheel drive, and 19 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway in AWD. Advanced Structural Engineering and Chassis Design
All Grand Vitara models feature a new, lightweight yet rigid unibody construction enhanced with a built-in ladder frame to offer the best of both worlds – a refined on-road ride and the rugged off-road performance expected from Suzuki SÚVs. The structure is teamed with four-wheel independent suspension – MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link design in the rear – to provide precise handling both on-road and off-road. The Grand Vitara also features large, vented front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and an available 225/65R17 tire package. Úncompromised Safety Features
Every Grand Vitara model is fitted with active safety features, including ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP)1, including traction control. The ESP uses a variety of electronic sensors to measure vehicle speed, steering wheel angle and yaw. This information is sent to a central controller that can intervene as needed. Únder certain conditions, such as when unintended oversteer or understeer is detected, the system can apply individual brakes and reduce engine torque to help the driver maintain the proper cornering line.
For example, if the system detects an understeer condition (the driver wants the vehicle to turn, but the vehicle is taking a wider line) ESP may apply braking force to the inner rear wheel and reduce engine torque to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle and take the proper line through the corner.
Together with the traction control system, the ESP helps ensure vehicle stability and optimum cornering, handling in take off or acceleration, emergency maneuvers, or driving on slippery road surfaces.
The Grand Vitara also features six airbags as standard equipment – driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags supplemental restraint system (SRS), advanced dual-stage front airbag SRS, advanced weight-sensing front passenger airbag SRS and front and rear side-curtain airbags.
The three-point driver and front passenger seat belts feature pretensioners and shoulder height adjustment. In the rear seat, each passenger is provided with a three-point seat belt system and a headrest. The rear child-seat LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), along with rear-door child safety locks, are designed to help protect young rear-seat passengers.
The innovative stamped steel unibody with built-in ladder frame provides comprehensive protection, with features such as a reinforced cabin with the added safety of a head-impact protection padding and front and rear side-impact door beams designed to help maintain the integrity of the passenger compartment.
In the event of a collision with a pedestrian, the hood is designed to absorb some of the impact and help protect against serious head injuries. The front end and the bumper use energy-absorbing materials to help reduce the possibility of serious leg injuries. In addition, the 2007 Grand Vitara is fitted with TPMS. Sleek Sophistication Meets Versatile Functionality
The Grand Vitara offers ample interior space for driver and passenger comfort and 24.4 cubic feet of storage space with the seats up or 68.9 cubic feet of storage space when the convenient 60/40 split seatbacks are folded forward.
With its carefully engineered control layout and close attention to materials and fit-and-finish, the interior of the Suzuki Grand Vitara is functional and attractive. The list of standard features includes air conditioning with automatic climate control and micron air-filtration system, cruise control, digital clock with outside temperature, fuel consumption indicator and adjustable center armrest with internal storage.
The Grand Vitara features a standard AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA XM Satellite Radio-capable audio system, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and an available six-disc in-dash CD changer with seven speakers, including two tweeters and a subwoofer. Customers who want the convenience of a fully integrated iPod2 system can purchase an iPod interface from their Suzuki dealers. Once the device is plugged in, it works seamlessly through the radio and playlists and each song's information appear on the radio display.
Trim Levels and Packages
The 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara is offered in three trim levels: Grand Vitara, XSport and Luxury. Grand Vitara buyers also can choose between rear-wheel drive and a sophisticated Four-Mode full-time four-wheel-drive system, both available in all trim levels. Four-wheel-drive models come with standard heated outside mirrors.
The base Grand Vitara is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The extensive standard equipment list includes all the safety equipment: ABS with EBD, ESP, TCS, TPMS, six airbags (including front and rear side-curtain airbags), and a long list of interior and comfort amenities such as air conditioning with automatic climate control, cruise control, AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM Radio-capable audio system, steering-wheel-integrated audio controls, remote keyless entry, 16-inch wheels and power mirrors. The hard spare tire cover is optional.
The Grand Vitara XSport adds the following to the list of standard features: electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission, SmartPass keyless entry and start system, six-disc in-dash CD changer with seven speakers, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lamps, privacy glass, hard spare tire cover and roof rails. The standard equipment list is so complete, there is only one option: a power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof.
The top-of-the-line Grand Vitara Luxury includes all of the equipment featured in the Grand Vitara XSport and adds leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, woodgrain trim accents, standard power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, HomeLink3 wireless control system and heated outside mirrors.Source - Suzuki