Suzuki Grand Vitara 3.2 V6

 

a clean Suzuki Grand Vitara - Gentlemen... start your engines

 

The third-generation Grand Vitara is a pure SUV (sport utility vehicle) born and bred to free the spirit and open paths where none existed before. Under a product concept of "off-road athlete", it then exactingly engineered the model in the same way athletes rigorously train to excel in a wide range of demanding situations. The goal was straightforward: Improve on the real all-road mastery, efficient performance, practical urbanity, and the ease of use people have come to associate with the Grand Vitara. Suzuki's heritage of producing sporty 4X4 vehicles with real off-road capabilities provided the DNA for the all new Grand Vitara.
Design and equipment levels anticipate new expectations, while technological advances raise convenience and versatility for all. Whichever the configuration, the Grand Vitara is not for people afraid to live beyond conventions - It's for people who know the real journey begins where the road ends...

 

and away they go...

to the right

to the left

 

If I had to describe the 3.2 litre, V6, Suzuki Grand Vitara in one sentence it would go something like this; "The Suzuki was fun fun fun".

Not the biggest SUV around, nor the fastest, neither the best 4X4, but the most fun we've had in a long time. It did everything we asked of it, with fun and pizzazz.

The kind of car my daughter didn't mind being dropped off at school with, I was even told to drop her off in front of the main gate (my barometer for pizzazz).

And after doing the usual driving through town and in the country, decided to venture into the veld, to see how the Suzuki would shape there. After being smirked at by the few Toyota and Nissan 4X4 drivers there, we put the Vitara through its paces... wherever 'they' went we went, eventually showing 'them' a few tricks of our own, and we looked so much better

doing it. The Grand Vitara's got acceleration, speed and poise, plus it handles and stops just as well, without missing a beat (of ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man).

 

The 3195cc V6 mill churns out the power on demand, while the automatic gearbox handles putting the power to the wheels in the smoothest fashion possible. Every minute in the car had us falling in love with the Suzuki. The 5-door Vitara is a great all-purpose vehicle, with all the latest mod-cons, buttons and safety features, like air-con, climate control, power-steering, descent control, diff lock, low range, anti-skid brakes, traction control, air bags, central locking, alloy wheels and a very lekker sound system.

OH... and the best thing about this Suzuki is its powerful 3.2 litre high-tech engine, a tad thirsty when you put your foot down, but it can be driven economically if you take it easy.

Check the specifications below.

 

and through the water - let the fun begin...

nothing we threw at the Suzuki was too much for it

a very capable Vitara

the Suzuki Grand Vitara is no slouch either

Suzuki Grand Vitara 3.2 V6 A/T

Engine 6 cylinders, 3195cc, 165kW Transmission Automatic Type MPV / SUV

Engine & Gearbox

Accel 0-100

9.3 Seconds

Bore x Stroke

89.0x85.6 mm

Camshaft

QuadCam

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Cylinders

6

Engine CC

3195 cm3

Engine Design

Longitudinal V

Engine Location

Front

Fuel per 100km

10.5 Litres

Fuel Supply

Multipoint Electronic Fuel Injection

Fuel Type

Petrol

Gearbox

Automatic

Gears

6

Max Speed

200 Kph

Power KW

165 KW

Power Revs

6200 rpm

Torque NM

284 Nm

Torque Revs

3500 rpm

Valves per Cyl

4

Features

Air Con

Yes

Alloy Wheels

Yes

Audio

Yes

Central Locking

Yes

Climate Control

Yes

Descent Control

Yes

Diff Lock

Yes

Low Range

Yes

Power Steering

Yes

Seats

5

Safety & Security

ABS

Yes

EBD

Yes

Immobilizer &/ Alarm

Yes

SRS Airbags

Yes

Dimensions

Approach Angle

29

Boot Max

758 litres

Boot Min

398 litres

Departure Angle

27

Dimensions

4500x1810x1695

Doors

5

Front Track

1540 mm

Gross Weight

2170 Kg

Ground Clearance

200 mm

Kerb Weight

1713 Kg

Ramp Angle

161 Degrees

Rear Track

1570 mm

Tank Capacity

66 Litres

Trailer Weight

2000 Kg

Tyre Size

225/60R18

Wheelbase

2640 mm

Suspension & Drivetrain

Brakes Front

Discs

Brakes Rear

Discs

Drive Wheels

4

Front Suspension

MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar

Rear Suspension

Multi-Link, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar

Maintenance & Warranty from Vehicle First Reg.

Service Intervals

15000 Km

Service Period

72 Months/90 000 km

Warranty Period

36 Months

 

Words by Kenn Slater - Photos by Dylan Slater and Kenn Slater

 

Thanks to Suzuki Auto South Africa for the drive,

both Dylan and I loved the Grand Vitara!