We’ve been missing a lot of the Grand Vitara in the last decade or so. Not that the “regular” Vitara was bad in any aspect, but that “Grand” in the moniker really meant something to use. The old model was larger and also a more capable off-roader than the subcompact Vitara. Last year, we finally saw a comeback of the bigger sibling, with a familiar platform but completely new styling and a full load of new technologies. That model debuted in South East Asia and after highly positive critics, it looks like we could see it in some other parts of the world as well.
Of course, this primarily refers to Europea, where the smaller Vitara has been a really good seller in the last decade or so. The new model would offer a couple of important benefits, particularly in terms of the additional passenger and cargo space. Other than that, we would probably see some new powertrain options, maybe even a plug-in hybrid setup.
2024 Suzuki Grand Vitara Design
In terms of the overall design, the new Grand Vitara offers obvious improvements over the previous generation. OF course, the first thing that comes to mind is the size. The Grand Vitara brings size increase in every aspect. It is 170mm longer (4345mm versus 4175mm), 35mm taller (1645mm versus 1610mm), 20mm wider (1795mm versus 1775mm), and has a 100mm longer footprint (2600mm versus 2500mm) than the regular Vitara that has been sold in Europea so far.
In terms of mechanics, we could say this is an updated version of the familiar platform and things like the chassis and suspension setup aren’t significantly different. Unfortunately, we doubt we will see a longitudinally-mounted engine in Grand Vitara ever again but on the other hand, there are notable updates in terms of the drivetrain. The famous All-Grip all-wheel-drive system brings further upgrades and seems even more capable than before.
Besides the size, the new 2024 Suzuki Grand Vitara would also bring a completely new styling. We don’t expect any significant difference compared to the version offered in South East Asia. So, it’s easy to conclude that differences compared to the current Vitara, which hasn’t significantly changed since the 2015 launch.
The new design language has a lot in common with the recently introduced SX-Cross. The grille design is practically the same, with the same pattern but on the other hand, the headlights look more futuristic. They are sharper and narrower and make this SUV less conventional and more aggressive. The rear end is highlighted by sharper lines and a long horizontal light bar. It seems to take a lot of inspiration from crossovers like the RAV4.
The Vitara was always an affordable SUV and, therefore, it was hard to complain about the interior design, which was rather simple and pretty basic in terms of materials and equipment. Well, this changed with the new Grand Vitara and we presume that the European-market 2024 Suzuki Grand Vitara could come with further upgrades. In any case, it’s easy to notice much nicer materials, along with more attractive color schemes and more attention to detail. Furthermore, you can find a good portion of tech features, including a pretty large infotainment screen on the center stack.
With the longer wheelbase and bigger dimensions, this model also brings additional passenger space, especially in the second row, and that would be one of the main benefits and advantages over the regular Vitara. Once again, this is not just a capable, but also a family-friendly SUV, with the ability to accommodate five adults quite easily.
2024 Suzuki Grand Vitara Engines
For the South East Asian market, the Japanese manufacturer offered three engine options. Two of them come from Suzuki, both based on a 1.5-liter inline-four. One of them is gasoline-only. You can also get a mild-hybrid setup, with around 103 horsepower, paired to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Furthermore, there is also a self-charging hybrid version, which uses Toyota’s familiar system that can be found in models like Yaris Cross Hybrid. That system is based on a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, which gets help from a single electric motor. The combined output goes around 116 horsepower and, typically for Toyota hybrid systems, it comes coupled with an eCVT gearbox.
We presume that the European version could come with something capable. The standard Vitara already comes with a 1.4-liter turbo-four with a mild-hybrid setup, with a combined output of 140 horsepower. That seems like a good fit for the new Grand Vitara in some base variants. Other than that, some sources also speculate about the plug-in hybrid version.
2024 Suzuki Grand Vitara Release Date
Rumors suggest the 2024 Suzuki Grand Vitara could arrive in Europe. If that happens, we presume the new model would be produced in Suzuki’s plant in Hungary, alongside standard Vitara. Of course, one of the key qualities should be the affordable price, though we still can’t talk about numbers. For reference, the “small” Vitara currently starts at around €21.000 in most European countries.