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Understanding the hype around the new Suzuki Grand Vitara

The all-new Suzuki Grand Vitara has a place in the local market for many reasons.

Top Revs got a warm welcome on a recent visit to Auas Motors to take the Grand Vitara on a road trip to understand what the hype is all about.

For starters, the vehicle’s keyless entry and stop/start button were a big plus, as the key is normally in the wrong pocket when your hands are full of personal items or shopping bags. However, without searching for the key, entry is sensed as long as the key is on the driver.

The Vitara’s history dates back to 1988 when the first generation was introduced to the world. Now, 35 years later the Vitara introduced the fifth generation, with heaps of luxury, safety and other cosmetic changes that look good on the Grand Vitara.

THE EXTERIOR

The Vitara’s lines are soft on the eyes and first impressions last, as the saying goes.

The diamond cut 17-inch alloy wheels complement the exterior.

The modern rear lights flank the well known ‘Z’ of the Suzuki brand, while a separate light cluster houses the reverse, indicator and fog lights.

These rear light bars are very distinctive in modern vehicles. The headlights are also distinctive to the Vitara, as they double as daytime running lights and indicators. Like ice cubes, they are arranged in transparent squares hidden behind the front lenses of the vehicle.

THE INTERIOR

The rear seats can be split in a 60/40 configuration to increase the room at the back for extra luggage or even shipping around extra-large cargo.

The rear hatch is supported by two shocks to keep the rear door up for easy access to the vehicle.

The centre digital display is easy to read and provides all the relevant information to the driver.

The multifunctional steering wheel houses the cruise control, phone and radio controls and is pleasing to use while driving.

Another nice-to-have gadget for the driver to pay attention on the road without having to take his eyes off the road.

Another aid to assist the driver is the 360-degree camera that literally takes a visual tour around the vehicle to ensure safe departure and parking.

Hill descent control (HDC) comes standard on all models and can be activated or deactivated by a single press of the control situated on the right-hand side beneath the steering column.

The instrument panel is easy to understand and read.

The vehicle is available in different models ranging from a five-speed manual gearbox to a four or six-speed auto transmission. The vehicles are fitted with 1,5L engines delivering around 77KW at 6 000 revolutions per minute.

Different models are available, ranging from the GL 5MT to the more luxurious 1,5GLX that comes standard with a 360-degree view camera, HUD, two rear USB chargers (type A and C), wireless charging and panoramic sunroof, to mention a few.

The Vitara is also available in the all-grip hybrid that is an all-wheel drive vehicle.

The Vitara, like all other Suzuki products, is backed up and supported by Auas Motors nationwide.

The Vitara comes with a six-year/90 000km promotional plan (valid until 30 June).

Suzuki is well placed in Namibia and offers clients the opportunities to visit their branches, dealerships or sales boutiques countrywide as far as Rundu in the north, Swakopmund in the west, Gobabis in the east and Mariental in the south.