The 2023 Suzuki Grand Vitara will not return to Australia
September 11: the return of the Grand Vitara is not planned for Australia
The 2023 Suzuki Grand Vitara recently unveiled in India will not be returning to Australia, the brand’s local boss has said.
Speaking at the launch of the new Suzuki S-Cross this week, Suzuki Australia Managing Director Michael Pachota told Wheels he has some interest in the new model, but we won’t get it. locally.
“This vehicle was specifically designed for this market [India]and there is some global spread of this product,” he said.
“But because we had already raised our hands for Vitara and S-Cross, then this product came along and we had no idea they were going to call it the Grand Vitara.
“We just knew potentially there was another product within that same platform in terms of size, and we wouldn’t have room for another car like that in our lineup – all of a sudden. Suddenly, that would be three small SUVs and I think we would suffer from some cannibalization.”
Suzuki’s current Australian range includes the Swift and Swift Sport hatches, the Ignis compact SUV, the Vitara and S-Cross small SUVs and the Jimny off-roader. Although Suzuki continues to sell the current generation Baleno hatch, it will not be bringing the next generation car here as it will not meet Australian safety standards.
Read more about the new Grand Vitara in our original story below.
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July 21: New Grand Vitara unveiled in India with hybrid powertrain
The Suzuki Grand Vitara The nameplate is back, with the reveal of a new small SUV in India – but don’t expect to see it on Australian roads.
Designed for developing regions, such as India and Africa, the Grand Vitara was designed by Maruti Suzuki – the top-selling vehicle brand in the world’s second most populous country – with the help of the partnership brand with Toyota.
It has an almost identical twin, the Toyota Hyryder, and uses the Japanese giant’s hybrid technology, with an all-petrol-electric powertrain available on flagship variants.
This badge-engineered deal includes the Toyota Glanza, a rebadged Suzuki Baleno for emerging markets, and the Suzuki Across sold in Europe, a Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid lightly restyled to meet the continent’s strict emissions standards.
As such, the Grand Vitara features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid engine similar to the unit locally fitted to the Toyota Yaris and Yaris Cross, producing 85kW of power with a claimed fuel consumption of 3 .6L/100km.
A 12-volt mild-hybrid version of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder mill with 76kW and 137Nm is standard on lower grades.
Inside, the Grand Vitara features a 9-inch infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, semi-digital instrument panel, flip-up head-up display, wireless phone charger and front seats ventilated.
Maruti Suzuki says the Grand Vitara will feature six airbags and a 360-degree camera system, with no mention of active safety technology such as autonomous emergency braking – a requirement for all new vehicles sold in Australia from March 2025.
At 4345mm in length, 1795mm in width and 1645mm in height, the latest Grand Vitara is significantly shorter than the previous five-door model sold in Australia between 2008 and 2018, which was 4500mm long.
If it were to be sold locally, the Grand Vitara would fall into our small SUV category, with similar dimensions to the Toyota Corolla Cross due to arrive later this year.
However, the soon-to-be-launched facelifted Suzuki S-Cross is a similar size at 4300mm long, meaning there’s no shortage of locals. The smaller Vitara (4175mm long) will remain in Suzuki’s Australian line-up – both from Hungary.
Five and a half years ago, Suzuki Australia told sister publication Which car that he was pushing for the head office to produce a medium SUV based on the new Vitara.
However, underperforming powertrains, the availability of S-Cross and, most importantly, the lack of active safety technology risk seeing the new Grand Vitara scratched for Australia.