Suzuki Announce Substantial Enhancements For All Grand Vitara Estates | Part Two

Suzuki Grand Vitara Centre Console


Stylish Trim, Practicality and Everything Within Easy Reach

To the driver's right and installed at the front of the armrest in the door is a master panel with control switches to adjust the electric door mirrors and to operate the door and rear window locks as well as the electric windows. It is surrounded by walnut wood trim in the XL-7.

In addition to the integrated multifunction radio and CD player, the front centre console, which is also faced and flanked by the same trim in XL-7 and by 'brushed' aluminium panels in other models, incorporates three circular, illuminated dial-up and push button controls for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

It also houses two storage compartments - one containing two cup holders - and the other with a damped action cover, a cigarette lighter and a 12 volt socket for charging a mobile telephone or powering other devices, and a digital clock which - at the push of a button also monitors the outside temperature. An additional 12 volt socket is located in the luggage compartment of all models.

Mid way between the front seats and just behind the gear lever and the selector which is used to operate Suzuki's Drive Select 4x4 System* - which are also surrounded and highlighted by the same matching aluminium or wood trim - is a centre arm rest with sliding fore and aft adjustment.

*enabling 4 wheel drive to be engaged when moving in a straight line at up to 62 mph [100 kph].

Ingenious and Intriguing

Particularly ingeniously designed the armrest can be 'flipped over' to reveal a further two cup holders that are then within easy reach of rear seat passengers and to open up a 'hidden' storage compartment for the stowage of valuables.

An additional item that is also intriguing is a unique 'portable' ash tray which can be installed into any one of the cup holders to suit passengers' / driver's habits!

Even More Storage, Everywhere

Additional storage is provided in all models by a lockable glove box with damped action cover, in the pockets in all side doors, in the rear of the front seats, underneath the rear luggage area, in a sliding tray beneath the front passenger seat and - in the 7 seat XL-7 and the 3-door 1.6 and 1.6 SE -to the right and left of the rear seats where there is space for small packages and yet another cup or bottle holder.

Above the windscreen are two map reading lights whilst XL-7 models - both the seven and the five seat - are also equipped with a two compartment overhead console - again featuring access via damped action covers - designed primarily for stowage of smaller items such as sun glasses.

XL-7 and all 3-door Prices* Down; No Increase for the 5-door Range

Despite the much enhanced specifications of all of the revised models the Recommended Retail Prices of all XL-7 models are reduced by £1,000 and there are even decreases of between 1.8% for the Grand Vitara 1.6 SE Estate and 3.3% for the Grand Vitara 1.6 3-door Estate.

*prices include delivery to the dealer, number plates, 12 months road fund licence and first registration fee

Remarkably, there is no price increase for the 5-door 2-litre diesel and petrol engined range which now includes ABS and air conditioning as standard.

Prices for the popular Grand Vitara 1.6 litre 3-door Soft Top with manual and automatic transmission options, which retains the original 'classic' Grand Vitara interior, are reduced by £500.

Much Enhanced Appeal

These major enhancements strengthen much further the appeal of all Grand Vitara Estates, the most comprehensive and fastest growing range available in the expanding compact 4x4 and SUV sector, making each model even more remarkable value for money especially when considering their already very comprehensive 'standard' specification, which includes:

  • Power Steering
  • Dual, full size SRS front airbags
  • Electric windows and mirrors
  • ELR seat belts front and rear
  • Central locking (remote on 5-door/XL-7)
  • Height adjustable front seat belts
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Immobiliser
  • Tilt adjustable steering
  • Roof rails
  • Separate folding rear seat backs
  • Radio/CD Player (Now integrated)

Suzuki Support All Grand Vitara models are covered by Suzuki Shield, a 3 year / 60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, by Suzuki Assistance, providing 24 hour roadside assistance, recovery and associated services for 36 months and by a 6 year perforation warranty.

They are available with Suzuki Low Cost Insurance and can be purchased with the help of a wide range of finance plans available from Suzuki Finance.

Published 16 April 2003 Melanie Carter

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