Suzuki GB PLC said that the Minor Change Grand Vitara range will start to arrive in December 2012. The vehicle will receive many changes in its design and equipment in order to revive the appeal of the Grand Vitara in the competitive mid-sized SUV sector. The bumper and grille were redesigned to be more angular while the foglamp styling was modified.
The other changes include inner headlight black accents on 5 door SZ5 models as well as new design 17” or 18” alloy wheels. In response to customer demand, Suzuki added a temporary use 16 inch spare wheel with 225/70 tyre as standard, removing the need for a puncture repair system.
With the spare wheel positioned on the rear door, the Grand Vitara is longer by 200mm for the five door models and 170mm for the three door models.
There are new design seat trims for the SZ3 (3 door) and SZ4 (3 door and 5 door) models while a 6.1 inch touchscreen Colour Navigation System is used on the SZ5 5 door models.
Its navigation system is from Garmin and it features comprehensive European mapping with downloadable updates and content.
The navigation system is included in the infotainment centre, leading to several music options such as CD, radio, SD card, media player (including iPod and iPhone) that could be linked via the USB port, as well as through Bluetooth music streaming and phone connectivity.
The emissions control system in the 1.9 DDiS models were revised, leading to a CO2 emissions drop from 179 g/km to 174 g/km.
This means that the VED band for the 1.9 DDiS engine was cut by one band to H. It gets the added improvement of having a combined fuel economy from 41.5mpg to 42.8mpg.
Not just offering a sturdy structure that has optimised weight, the unibody has a ladder-frame built-in to contribute to impact protection in the Grand Vitara. The cabin has been reinforced for additional safety to the head-impact protection pad and front and rear side-impact door beams.
Active safety (to help avoid accidents) technology in each Grand Vitara includes ABS with electric brake-force distribution, tire pressure monitoring, and ESP with traction control. ESP helps make sure the vehicle is stable during cornering, when accelerating, during emergency manoeuvres, and when driving on slippery surfaces. Analysing input from various sensors, ESP can apply separate brakes and lessen torque to help the driver keep control.
Passive safety standard features in each Suzuki Grand Vitara 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 with a rollover sensor.
The three-point driver and front passenger seat belts have pretensioners and shoulder height adjustment. Every rear seat position comes with a three-point seatbelt as well as a headrest. They also come with a rear child-seat LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).