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February 18, 2023

2023 Suzuki Grand Vitara Returns To ASEAN With Hybrid Power

After teasing its ASEAN return last January, Suzuki has finally unveiled the all-new Grand Vitara in Indonesia.

Unlike in India, where Suzuki made the Grand Vitara available in both mild- and strong hybrid flavors, the ASEAN model sticks solely with the former. This means having the SHVS or Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki powertrain. Like its execution in the Ertiga Hybrid, the Grand Vitara pairs a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder with an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and a compact lithium-ion battery.

Differing itself from the Ertiga Hybrid, however, is that the engine is now the K15C. Fitted with Dual Jet technology, it’s designed for fuel efficiency from the get-go. By placing two injectors very close to the engine inlet valves, it allows for finer atomization of fuel resulting in a more complete combustion. This also allows for the cooler running of the engine. Moreover, the Dual Jet system boasts of a higher compression ratio and thermal efficiency.

On the Grand Vitara, Suzuki takes things to the next level by switching over to power stored in the 12-volt 6-Ah lithium-ion battery when the K15C isn’t at its optimal operating window. This means the combustion engine switches off during traffic stops saving fuel. Meanwhile, the ISG turns into an electric motor during hard acceleration giving that added boost.

Compared to the Indian market Grand Vitara, the ASEAN version makes slightly more power: 103 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 137 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.

The sole gearbox on offer is a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Like its global counterpart, the ASEAN market Grand Vitara boasts of a design that Suzuki describes as, “elegant, tough, and sporty.” Meant as a modern-day city cruiser, it is compact (overall length is at 4,345 mm), but with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm, it offers a roomy interior.

Also underpinned by the Suzuki HEARTECT platform, the all-new Grand Vitara features front MacPherson Struts and a rear Torsion Beam Axle. Ground clearance is set at a generous 210 mm.

Features include LED projector headlights, a 9-inch infotainment system with smartphone mirroring with wireless charging, a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rear view mirror, and a heads-up display. For safety, it has 6 SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, hill hold control, and a 360-degree camera.

For the Indonesian market, Suzuki will be sourcing the Grand Vitara from India.

2023 Suzuki Grand Vitara Indonesian Market Specifications
  • Engine Type: K15C
  • Ignition: Spark Ignition
  • Bore x Store: 74.0 x 85.0
  • Maximum Output: 103 PS @ 6,000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 137 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed AT w/ Paddle Shifter
  • Front Brakes: Ventilated Disc
  • Rear Brakes: Disc
  • Front Suspension: Independent, MacPherson Strut
  • Rear Suspension: Torsion Beam
  • Tire Size: 215/60R17
  • Curb Weight: 1,190 kg to 1,210 kg
  • Overall Length: 4,345 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,795 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,645 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,600 mm
  • Front Tread: 1,530 mm
  • Rear Tread: 1,535 mm
  • Front Overhang: 915 mm
  • Rear Overhang: 830 mm
  • Minimum Turning Radius: 5.4 m
  • Ground Clearance: 210 mm

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