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MOTORING: Muscling up with diesel.

S UZUKI has introduced a new diesel version of its Grand Vitara in three-door formthat is aimed more towards off-roaders than soft-roaders.

Unlike the petrol-powered threedoor 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 optimising its off road capability.

The system's four different modes are selected via a dashmounted 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 features include 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, two-litre five-door manual and automatic models and the 1.9 DDiS five-door manual model.

YOU can take it as read that Vauxhall's latest version of the coupe cabriolet Tigra is a bargain.

Dubbed the Tigra Exclusiv Red, it comes with pounds 1,350 worth of goodies at no extra cost.

Priced at pounds 15,515, which is the same as the Sport model upon which it is based, there is a red leather interior and fancy alloys.

The two seats and door trim inserts are trimmed in scarlet leather and the red treatment is mirrored in the gear lever surround. There is also a leather-covered steering wheel, alloy effect centre console and gear knob insert. A choice of two petrol engines is available, a nippy 1.4- litre and a punchy 1.8-litre.

The fact that Vauxhall feels inclined to make such a generous gesture is an indication of the intense competition in the coupe cabriolet market, which now encompasses the Ford Focus, Peugeot 207, Nissan Micra, and Mitsubishi Colt, among others.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 28, 2007
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