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Hard option; Vitara diesel ups the Suzuki ante in association with fish4cars.

Byline: edited by Mike Torpey

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 drivetrain of the manual transmission five-door model.

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

The system's four different modes are selected via a dash-mounted rotary switch - easy and convenient to operate.

Power output from the turbocharged Renault engine is about 130bhp and there is 2211b/ft of pulling power. Economy is an average 38mpg.

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 features comprise front, side and curtain airbags for front seat occupants plus curtain airbags in the rear.

The 1.9 DDiS three-door joins the 1.6-litre VVT three-door manual models, 2.0-litre five-door manual and automatic models and the 1.9 DDiS five-door manual model.


IMPROVED CAPABILITY: The new Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 diesel model is aimed more at off-roaders than soft-roaders
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2007
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