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Grand Vitara muscles up with diesel.

Suzuki has introduced a new diesel version of its Grand Vitara in three-door form that is aimed more towards off-roaders than soft-roaders.

Unlike the petrol-powered three-door model, which is essentially a so-called 'soft roader', the new 1.9 DDiS Grand Vitara uses the drive-train of the manual transmission five-door model.

Costing pounds 15,000, it also supplements permanent four-wheel drive with centre differential lock and a low range of gears for optimising its off road capability.

The system's four modes are selected via a dash-mounted rotary switch.

Power output from the turbo-charged Renault engine is about 130bhp and there is 221lb/ft of pulling power.

Economy is 38mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 195g/km.

As with other Grand Vitara models, equipment includes climate control, front electric windows, radio/CD player with steering wheel controls, tinted glass, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, reclining rear seats, heated and folding door mirrors, immobiliser, alloys and front fog lamps. Safety-wise, there are front, side and curtain airbags in the front plus curtain airbags in the rear.

The 1.9 DDiS three-door joins the 1.6-litre VVT three-door manual models, two-litre five-door manual and automatics and 1.9 DDiS five-door manual.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2007
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