A new teaser for the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara has been released before the launch, revealing that the Grand Vitara hybrid variant will be equipped with a separate EV mode. This means the driver will be able to switch from hybrid mode to pure electric mode with just the push of a button.
The company also claims that the hybrid variant will be powered by a self-charging “Intelligent -Electric Hybrid technology”. The teaser also revealed a fully-digital instrument cluster with a fuel gauge on the right and battery charge indicators with power on the left. The size of the instrument cluster has not been revealed yet.
Maruti Suzuki earlier revealed a distinct taillight (design that looks similar to the taillight of the Volkswagen Taigun), Tri-LED headlights with LED DRLS, a panoramic sunroof, and also disclosed that all-wheel drive (AWD) technology will be included in the vehicle, which Suzuki calls “AllGrip” technology.
This technology is available on international variants of the Vitara and S-cross. It was revealed that one can choose between snow, sports, and auto-driving modes by using a knob.
Since Maruti Suzuki and Toyota will be sharing the same platform on the Grand Vitara and Hyryder, the Grand Vitara Hybrid version will feature Toyota’s 1.5 L TNGA Atkinson Cycle engine, which produces 92bhp and 122Nm of torque.
The Toyota Hyryder claimed to offer a range of 25km in pure electric mode, but there’s no disclosure on the Grand Vitara from Maruti Suzuki. Rumour has it that the company is using an aggressive pricing strategy to break the market.
The car will be unveiled on June 20th and will compete against the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, which have been ruling the mid-size SUV market for the past few years, but none of them offer features like AWD and hybrid technology. Both Toyota’s Hyryder and Maruti Suzuki’s Grand Vitara will be produced at Toyota’s Bidadi plant in Karnataka. The pre-bookings for the Grand Vitara are open at an initial token of Rs. 11,000 and the company is planning to deliver the car to customers during the festive season.