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Suzuki Grand Vitara
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara (North America)
Manufacturer Suzuki
Also called Suzuki Grand Escudo
Chevrolet Grand Vitara
Production 1999–present
Predecessor Suzuki Escudo
Suzuki Vitara
Suzuki Sidekick
Class Compact SUV
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a compact SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Suzuki since 1999.


First generation

First generation
1999-2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara (North America)
Production 1999–2005
Assembly Hamamatsu, Japan
Body style(s) 3-door wagon
3-door convertible
5-door SUV
Engine(s) 1.6L 16V I4, 2.0L J20A I4, 2.5L H25A V6, 2.0L RF/RHZ/RHW Turbodiesel I4
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2-Door: 86.6 in (2200 mm)
4-Door: 97.6 in (2479 mm)
Length 2002-05 4-Door: 164.5 in (4178 mm)
1999-2001 4-Door: 163 in (4140 mm)
Width 2-Door: 67.3 in (1709 mm)
2002-05 4-Door: 70.1 in (1781 mm)
1999-2001: 70 in (1778 mm)
Height 2002-05 4-Door AWD: 67.8 in (1722 mm)
2002-05 4-Door 2WD: 67.3 in (1709 mm)
2-Door: 66.5 in (1689 mm)
1999-2001 4-Door AWD: 68.5 in (1740 mm)
1999-2001 4-Door 2WD: 68 in (1727 mm)
Fuel capacity 16.9 US gallons (64.0 L; 14.1 imp gal)
Related Suzuki XL-7
Suzuki Vitara

The first-generation Grand Vitara was a slightly larger, pricier and more powerful version of the Suzuki Vitara 4-door.

It was facelifted in 2002 and again in 2004. A rebadged version was sold in North America by General Motors as the Chevrolet Tracker. The Tracker is sold in Latin America, but Mexico, as Chevrolet Grand Vitara. In Mexico, Grand Vitara and Tracker are different vehicles, sold by Suzuki and Chevrolet respectively. In Chile, 5-door Grand Vitara is known as Grand Nomade.

2002-2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara (North America)

As of 2003, the smaller Suzuki Vitara has been withdrawn from the North American market. Sales were slow, with just 4,860 sold in 2004 for the United States. In Canada, sales were strong. All North American Vitaras were built at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, while the North American Grand Vitaras were built in Japan, where it is the Suzuki Escudo. The 2006 model has had a structural redesign with a new ladder-boxed chassis integrated into a unibody construction. In India, it is sold by Suzuki's Indian subsidiary, Maruti Suzuki.

The 2001 model Suzuki Grand Vitara comes standard as a 2.0 Liter 4WD vehicle in New Zealand. The 2005 and onwards Grand Vitara is sold in Ecuador by Chevrolet, yet it still retains its Suzuki badges.

The vehicle is also mass produced in Iran by Iran Khodro Manufacturing Co. [1]

Second generation

Second generation
2006-2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4-door
Production 2006–present
Assembly Hamamatsu, Japan
St. Petersburg, Russia (since 2010),
Tehran, Iran (Since 2008)
Body style(s) 3-door SUV
5-door SUV
Engine(s) 1.6L 16V I4, 2.0L J20A 16V I4, 2.7L V6, 1.9L Turbodiesel I4, 2.4L VVT I4, 3.2L VVT V6.
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 4-Door: 103.9 in (2639 mm)
2-Door: 2,440 mm (96.1 in)
Length 2009- 4-Door: 177.2 in (4501 mm)
2006-08 4-Door: 176.0 in (4470 mm)
2-Door: 4,005 mm (157.7 in)
Width 4-Door: 71.3 in (1811 mm)
2-Door: 1,810 mm (71.3 in)
Height 4-Door: 66.7 in (1694 mm)
2-Door: 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Fuel capacity 17.4 US gallons (65.9 L; 14.5 imp gal)
Related Suzuki XL-7

The Grand Vitara was replaced in the fall of 2005 by a new vehicle using some components of the GM Theta platform, and is built in Japan. The 2006 Grand Vitara was developed independently by many of the same Suzuki engineers who developed the Theta. Although it uses some Theta componentry, especially in the suspension, it is quite different and should not be considered a Theta vehicle. Notably, it uses a longitudinally-mounted engine and is rear-wheel drive with a 103.9 in (2639 mm) wheelbase, while all other Theta vehicles are transverse engined with front-wheel drive as the default. All can also be ordered with all-wheel drive as well, however. The contemporary generation Suzuki XL7 (starting in model year 2007) is a true Theta vehicle, and is built alongside the Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.

The standard chassis is a 5 door version, but in many countries there is also available a 3 door version called "Vitara" (in some countries, as Chile, 5-door version is named "Grand Nomade"). The standard gasoline engine for the 5 door version is an updated J20A (4 cyl. 2.0L 140hp); and a more powerful option is the Suzuki H engine H27A (V6 2.7l 181hp). Pre 2001 turbo diesel models were fitted with Mazda's type RF engine, with later models fitted with a turbo diesel engine (4 cyl. 1.9L 129 hp (96 kW) manufactured by Renault). The only engine for the 3 door version is an M16A (4 cyl. 1.6L 105hp).



2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara Premium (US)

In the second half of 2008, the Suzuki Grand Vitara was given a face-lift and two new engines. A 2.4L in-line four is offered producing 122 kW (166 PS; 164 hp) of power and 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) of torque. The new V6 is only offered in the flagship prestige model which produces 165 kW (224 PS; 221 hp) of power and 284 N·m (209 lb·ft) of torque. Fuel economy has also been improved with the addition of VVT to both engines and the 1.9L Turbo-Diesel has also received some mechanic work improving its economy. Safety has also been improved with more air-bags and traction control standard on all models. The four mode four-wheel drive system is also available on all models. It features a lockable central differential along with low ratio gears.


A heavily modified Grand Vitara participated in the 1996 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. This racing model was equipped with two mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 engines which together delivered a total of 985 hp. It also sported a massive wing to keep the tires on the ground.

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