The Grand Vitara is totally redesigned for the 2006 model year. This new generation replaces the original Grand Vitara, which was introduced in 1999 and has been updated several times since then. The new model features a more powerful engine, a stronger chassis, and enhanced safety equipment.
The Grand Vitara is a SUV that offers seating for five and versatile cargo-carrying capacity. It is an all-new vehicle for the 2006 model year with a new, stronger, and more stylish body; a new and more powerful engine; and enhanced safety features. The wheelbase has been extended more than seven inches to improve ride quality, increase passenger comfort, and to provide more room inside for people and cargo.
The engine is a 185-hp 2.7L V-6 that provides 20 more hp than the previous engine. The engine can pull a trailer weighing 3000 lbs., so the Grand Vitara can tow snowmobiles, jet skis, or off-road "dirt bike" motorcycles. Power for the engine goes through a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission to a 4-wheel-drive system that features a locking center differential that provides enhanced traction through mud or snow.
Vehicle stability technology designed to help the driver keep the Grand Vitara on its intended course is part of a standard equipment list that also includes side-curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes. All Grand Vitaras come with automatic climate control and audio systems that include a CD player with MP3 compatibility. These audio systems are also ready for satellite radio activation with audio controls on the steering wheel. Options include a premium audio system, keyless start, power sunroof, and heated exterior mirrors. All Suzukis are covered by a 100,000-mile, seven-year warranty.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara competes in the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle category, a very competitive segment with many nameplates that compete for about 8 percent of the U.S. light-vehicle market.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Ford Escape leads this category in sales with 165,122 units sold in calendar year 2005. Other competitors include the Honda CR-V (150,219), Chrysler PT Cruiser (133,740), Chevrolet Equinox (130,542), and Saturn Vue (91,972). Suzuki sold 8,624 Grand Vitaras in 2005.
|Base (M5)||5 speed manual||$19,199||185-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||18/23|
|Premium (M5)||5 speed manual||$20,099||185-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||18/23|
|XSport (A5)||5 speed automatic||$21,299||185-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||19/24|
|Luxury (A5)||5 speed automatic||$23,199||185-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||19/24|