OCT 2008 UPDATE: Suzuki Grand Vitara facelift launched in Malaysia

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is now available fully imported from Japan by Suzuki Malaysia at an amazing price of RM109,900, on the road without insurance. Colours available are Bluish Black Pearl, Graphite Grey, Pearl White, Silky Silver, and Azure Grey.

Features include a 2.0 litre DOHC J20A engine that produces 138 horsepower at 5,900rpm and 183Nm of torque at 4,300rpm, mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox. Brakes are ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear with anti-lock capabilities.

The Grand Vitara is constructed using a monocoque construction but includes what Suzuki calls a “built in ladder frame” to improve rigidity. This so-called ladder frame is actually additional reinforcement for the body structure comprising of two longitudinal elements running the length of the body, with six cross members and two parallel longitudinal elements running in the outer sills. The suspension system uses the common MacPherson strut setup at the front and a multi-link suspension at the rear.

Other than ABS, Brake Assist and EBD, other safety features include head-impact protection built into all pillars and upper interior surfaces as well as dual SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger. This model uses a 2WD drivetrain.

There are two optional accessories packages that you can add if you like: one is a RM5,000 package that includes leather seats (standard seats are cloth) and V-Kool tinting, and the other is a carnavi Car Navigation System for RM6,888.