Make / Model Search

New models - Suzuki - Grand Vitara

Suzuki Grand Vitara goes rear-drive

Urban planning: Suzuki hopes the Grand Vitara Urban will appeal to people who don’t feel the need to go too far off road.

First two-wheel-drive Suzuki Grand Vitara set to compete with RAV4 and X-Trail

20 Aug 2012

SUZUKI has confirmed it will offer a two-wheel-drive version of its Grand Vitara compact SUV for the first time in Australia.

The 2WD variant, called the ‘Urban’, will give the Japanese car-maker its only non-four-wheel-drive model in its SUV line-up.

The Urban arrives as part of a freshen-up for the entire Grand Vitara range and will become the new entry-level five-door variant.

The update is highlighted by a restyled front end, with the SUV gaining a new front bumper and re-designed grille.

Other changes include new seat fabrics and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Introducing a 2WD version of the Grand Vitara brings Suzuki into line with its direct competitors as Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi all offer 2WD variants of their mid-size SUVs.

Suzuki Australia general manager Tony Devers said almost half of all local SUV sales are 2WD and the Urban was a response to customer feedback.

“Customers looking for the legendary reliability and performance of Grand Vitara, but not wanting to venture off the beaten track, can now choose a 2WD version,” he said.

30 center imageThe 2WD Grand Vitara will offer a point of difference as it will be rear-wheel drive, while most of its competitors have front-wheel drive.

“Grand Vitara has always been a driver’s car, making rear-wheel drive the only choice once we decided to add a two-wheel-drive version,” said Mr Devers.

All models including the 2WD Urban are powered by Suzuki’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, except the higher-spec Grand Vitara Diesel that uses a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel.

The diesel has been tweaked slightly for improved fuel efficiency, with a new figure of 6.8 litres per 100km.

Suzuki offers the Grand Vitara with the same five-speed manual and optional four-speed automatic transmission as before, except for the manual-only diesel.

The $26,990 driveaway price for the manual 2WD Urban model undercuts some of its closest rivals, with the Nissan X-Trail ST 2WD manual starting at $28,490 and the Toyota RAV4 CV at $28,990.

Standard features for the Urban model include six airbags, rear park assist, cruise control and Bluetooth.

Suzuki also announced a new integrated 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice control for the top-spec Grand Vitara Prestige and range-topping SX4 models.

Audio functions such as Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, a USB and auxiliary jack, CD and AM/FM radio are incorporated into the one system and can all be accessed using voice control.

Mr Devers said that the technology will appeal to buyers looking for the latest in technology.

“Suzuki owners can now – with the press of a button and a simple voice command – dial a phone number, tune into a radio station or locate an address without taking their hands off the wheel, or eyes off the road,” he said.

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara pricing (drive-away):
2.4 petrol$24,990
2.4 petrol (a)$26,990
Urban 2WD $26,990
Urban 2WD (a)$28,990
Sport 4WD$31,490
Sport 4WD (a)$33,490
Prestige 4WD (a)$38,990
DDiS 4WD 1.9 litre diesel$35,990

The Road to Recovery podcast series

Read more

GoAuto can help you buy a new Grand Vitara

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Suzuki models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here