Suzuki Australia may have recently removed the V6-powered Grand Vitara from its range, but while one hand taketh, another hand giveth.
A new two-wheel-drive variant has now arrived. Postioned at the bottom of the five-door range as a price leader, the Grand Vitara Urban is priced from $26,990 driveaway for the five-speed manual and $28,990 driveaway for the four-speed automatic.
The Urban is only available with the established 2.4 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, however unlike other 2WD SUVs in the sub-30K bracket the Urban sends drive to the rear axle, not the front.
Towing capacity is unchanged from the 4x4 model, at 1850kg with a braked trailer.
“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 Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers.
“That makes Grand Vitara Urban the logical choice for customers wanting a 2WD but still looking for great towing performance."
Standard equipment on the Grand Vitara Urban includes Bluetooth phone integration, rear parking sensors, cruise control, stability control, six airbags and power windows.
Alongside the arrival of the new Urban, the rest of the Grand Vitara range gets a number of enhancements for the 2013 model year.
Externally, there's a new front bumper and grille design as well as two new paint colours. All models get 17-inch alloy wheels, which sport a new design for 2013.
The Sport and Prestige variants now get satellite navigation as standard equipment too, with integrated Bluetooth and a USB audio input. Otherwise, spec levels remain unchanged.
Pricing and Availability
The 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara range is on sale from this month, with driveaway pricing as follows:
Grand Vitara 3-door manual: $24,990 driveaway
Grand Vitara 3-door auto: $26,990 driveaway
Grand Vitara Urban 2WD manual: $26,990 driveaway
Grand Vitara Urban 2WD auto: $28,990 driveaway
Grand Vitara Sport 4WD manual: $31,490 driveaway
Grand Vitara Sport 4WD auto: $33,490 driveaway
Grand Vitara Prestige 4WD auto: $38,990 driveaway
Grand Vitara DDiS 4WD manual: $35,990 driveaway