Suzuki Grand Vitara Eight months after its initial release, the Suzuki Grand Vitara is now available in S version for the U.K. market. Slated for a January roll out, the Grand Vitara S offers a more sporting and dynamic character to the overall persona of Suzuki’s popular mid-sized SUV.

The new Suzuki Vitara S is the first Suzuki variant to utilize the new BoosterJET technology engine, which in the Grand Vitara is a 140PS 1.4-liter Direct Injection turbocharged unit (DITC). This new engine has compact dimensions and offers 220Nm of torque available from just 1,500rpm through 4,000rpm.

The BoosterJET engine is a newly developed Suzuki unit that is characterized by improved fuel efficiency and driving pleasure that has been made possible by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger. By controlling the waste gate valve, which closes to create higher boost pressure during heavy load operation and remains open during normal driving, the system reduces pumping loss, thus achieving high levels of both power and fuel-efficiency.

During development, Suzuki’s engineers virtually eliminated the typical delay in turbo power delivery or ‘lag’ by installing the specially developed compact turbo charger attached directly to the cylinder head as well as incorporating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head casting. This design ensures optimum gas flow with minimal heat loss through to the turbo unit. The turbocharger has a boost pressure of 1.1 Bar.

The 1.4-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a 0 – 100 km/h acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for both 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. Top speed on the Grand Vitara is accorded 199 km/h (124mph), thanks to optimized gear ratios and shift lever counterweight for the standard manual transmission. The automatic transmission gets a manual mode to enable the driver to change gear using shift paddles behind the steering.

A noteworthy mention for the Grand Vitara S manual is the use of lightweight high tensile steel and other weight saving measures that enable the SUV to have a kerb weight of just 1,210 kg; the lightest in its class.

Further derivatives for the Suzuki Grand Vitara S are the Engine Auto Stop Start system, four-wheel or AWD drive and AllGrip with four modes (Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock). With AllGrip, Emissions achieve 127g/km on the Grand Vitara S manual and only one gram higher for the automatic version. AWD on the Grand Vitara S has been enhanced to offer feedback control and forward control. The controls anticipate slippage patterns based on road surface, throttle opening position, steering angle and related factors.

Suzuki Grand Vitara frontSuzuki Grand Vitara interior

Lastly,, the Grand Vitara is rated one of Europe‘s safest SUVs with 5-star ratings, according to independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP.