2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara


The Grand Vitara has been with us for quite a while now, but Suzuki thinks there’s still a couple more years life left in it. So they just mildly facelifted it and put it on the market as the 2013 model.

The car might look all old and bitter, but it is still a good affordable SUV as far as those things go. With its ladder-frame-reinforced unitized body, efficient 4-cylinder powertrain and available low-range gearing, the Grand Vitara continues to supply comfortable in-town transport along with capable outbound recreation. In combination with a timeless two-box profile, expansive greenhouse and composed all-independent suspension, the Grand Vitara’s footprint, architecture and features rival sport utilities costing thousands of dollars more.

The 2013 Vitara gets an all-new front fascia and grille, new turn signals and chrome cladding on designated trims, new alloy wheels and new exterior colors. We just wish they’d spent a little more time on the drawing board.

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Details of the new Grand Vitara in the press release below:

Interior Flexibility

Despite having generous ground clearance when the road ends, the Grand Vitara also offers easy accessibility – for both driver and passengers – when the trip begins. A low step-in height affords easy access for all passengers. Once seated, everyone can enjoy an expansive greenhouse with little to restrict the view, making the Grand Vitara exceptionally drivable for in-town traffic and especially rewarding while viewing out-of-town scenery. The Grand Vitara’s interior also defies the ‘compact’ descriptive, with generous seating area for five, along with a spacious, flexible cargo area for passengers’ gear. With a 60/40 split rear bench the Grand Vitara accommodates a variable combination of passengers and cargo. Fold both sides of the rear seat forward and you can carry over 70 cubic feet of cargo, enough to support virtually any adventure.

In 2013 the Grand Vitara receives new seat fabrics, a two-tone interior and a new embedded navigation/infotainment system. The new voice-activated system is enhanced with streaming audio1 as well as USB ports for a variety of portable music players.  The convenience of a rear vision camera2 is also available as an added accessory.

Crosstown Mobility/Cross-country Adventure

The 2013 Grand Vitara retains MacPherson strut suspension up front and a multi-link, fully independent suspension in back. In combination with accurate, well-connected steering, available all-wheel drive or 4-mode 4WD (Limited), 4-wheel vented disc brakes and all-season tires, the Suzuki Grand Vitara can be equipped for sure-footed handling on virtually any paved – or unpaved – surface, in any season. And with its rugged, overbuilt construction and RWD bias the Grand Vitara is capable of towing up to 3,000 pounds. In short, it could almost tow your neighbor’s car-based crossover.

Powertrain

As the 2013 Grand Vitara strikes an optimal balance between on-road comfort and off-road capability, so does its 2.4 liter DOHC four cylinder achieve a perfect balance of performance and efficiency. Boasting 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, the Grand Vitara powertrain shares its basic architecture with Suzuki’s high-performance Kizashi, along with tuning appropriate to the Grand Vitara’s dual on-road/off-road mission. The capable four-cylinder engine can be matched to either a 5-speed manual or available automatic.

Safety

The 2013 Grand Vitara’s active safety features include an Electronic Stability Program®3 (ESP) and four-wheel disc brakes with standard ABS and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). In combination with traction control, the ESP on AWD models utilizes a sophisticated computer algorithm that controls the Grand Vitara’s all-wheel-traction distribution and anti-lock braking in concert to help the driver maintain control in demanding conditions.

Passive safety features and capabilities include a reinforced body structure combined with front and rear crumple zones designed to help absorb the energy of an impact. Dual front advanced airbags are standard, working in combination with front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags front and rear and 3-point front and rear seat belts.

For young children riding in the rear seat, the Grand Vitara provides rear child-seat tether anchors (x3) and rear child-seat ISOFIX anchors (x2). Both work to help secure infants and/or young children in the car, while side-impact door beams and a tire pressure monitoring system work to improve safety for all passengers.

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