Quick drive impressions of the mild hybrid manual and automatic, and the strong hybrid variants


Grand Vitara was one of the most anticipated product from Maruti this year. The all-new Grand Vitara was unveiled recently and the bookings for the same have also started. The official launch and delivery of the Grand Vitara will happen in the coming months. Just before the official launch and drives, some mediapersons got the opportunity to drive the all-new Grand Vitara inside Maruti Suzuki’s test facility in Rohtak, Haryana. Here we have a video where one such mediaperson is sharing their impressions about the Grand Vitara SUV after driving it for short amount of time.

The video has been shared by V3Cars on their YouTube channel. The video mainly talks about the engine and gearbox of the new Grand Vitara. They drove all the variants of the upcoming Grand Vitara on the test track. They maintained a minimum speed of 80 kmph and maximum of 140 kmph while they were driving on the track. The mild hybrid version of Grand Vitara gets a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The All-Grip feature is only available with mild hybrid version with a manual gearbox.

The engine felt very refined but, when you compare it with competitors, the car felt underpowered. The 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine in the mild hybrid version of Grand Vitara generates 103 Ps and 136 Nm of peak torque. The manual version comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox which stresses the engine at higher speed. They drove the AWD manual version of Grand Vitara at 100 kmph. The engine was reving at 3,000 rpm. The automatic version of the mild hybrid version felt a bit more relaxed at 100 kmph as it gets a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It was doing the same speed at 2,250 rpm. This means, the automatic mild hybrid version of the Grand Vitara might return a better fuel efficiency on a highway.

Maruti’s all-new Grand Vitara: Quick drive impressions of the mild hybrid manual and automatic, and the strong hybrid variants

The strong hybrid version of the Grand Vitara was also clearly better due to its better power output. The 1.5 litre strong hybrid engine generates 115 Ps and 141 Nm of peak torque. It comes with an e-CVT gearbox. This is the only transmission which would be offered with the Grand Vitarastrong hybrid. Video mentions that the 3 cylinder petrol engine’s noise filters into the cabin at higher speeds in the strong hybrid version. The cabin insulation felt better in the mild hybrid version. The strong hybrid version did not feel underpowered and it felt at par with other products in the segment.

Video mentions that the automatic version of the mild hybrid version would offer a better fuel economy as they found out on the track. At higher speeds the electric motor in the strong hybrid version does not power the car, and power is drawn from the petrol engine solely. The strong hybrid version would return good fuel economy if it is driven inside the city limits or in a relaxed manner on a highway. In the short drive, the mild hybrid automatic version was showing a fuel economy of 12.2 kmpl, the manual and the strong hybrid showed 10 kmpl. This is quite possibly because of driving fast on a test track. The video mentions that these were indicative figures and the fuel efficiency would be different in real world conditions.





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Grand Vitara was one of the most anticipated product from Maruti this year. The all-new Grand Vitara was unveiled recently and the bookings for the same have also started. The official launch and delivery of the Grand Vitara will happen in the coming months. Just before the official launch and drives, some mediapersons got the…