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4 Wheel Drive Madness


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Suzuki has added 10kW of power to the Grand Vitara's 2.5 litre V6 engine, now 116kW at 6200rpm, and 213Nm at 3500rpm. The 3-door Suzuki Grand Vitara Sport and four-cylinder wagon join the Sports range. Standard features include dual SRS airbags and new trim. The rear seat of the four-cylinder wagon has been moved back, for longer legs.
Short wheel base (SWB), 3-door, Suzuki Grand Vitaras are on sale in New South Wales, and Suzuki in Victoria have one or three in preparation. The SWB has the 4-cylinder, 2-litre 16-valve, dohc engine; note the bore of 84mm & stroke of 90mm and the good torque (for a small 4 valves/cyl engine) at 2900rpm, half of maximum power's 6000rpm. Vitaras have a separate chassis, and a two-speed transfer case. Part-time four wheel drive (2Hi->4Hi) can be selected on the move. Unfortunately the new (1998 on) "look" does not suit the short wheel base quite as well as the long, but perhaps it will grow on us.
  • Grand Vitara SWB wagon / hatch, 4-seats, 2-doors
  • loa: 3875mm, width: 1695mm, height: 1685mm
  • wheelbase: 2200mm, track: 1460mm/1460mm, grnd clearance: 200mm
  • turning radius: 4.7m
  • weight: 1260kg (unladen), GVM: 1750kg
  • J20A, 1995cc, petrol, 4-cyls, mpi, 4-valves/cyl, dohc
  • bore: 84mm, stroke: 90mm, c.r.: 9.3:1
  • power: 95kW at 6000rpm, torque: 174Nm at 2900rpm
  • transmission: 5m (3.652:1, 1.947:1, 1.379:1, 1.0:1, 0.795:1; rev 3.67:1) diff' ratio 4.875:1, or 4a (2.826:1, 1.493:1, 1.0:1, 0.689:1; rev 2.703:1) diff' ratio 5.125:1; two-speed transfer case (hi 1.0:1, lo 1.816:1), part-time 4WD
  • suspension: indep' strut & coil / live & coil, brakes: disc/drum
  • tyres: 215/65R16 (27" oad), fuel-tank: 56L
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    The new-shape LWB Suzuki Vitara.
    Vitara LWB station wagon, 5 seats, 4 doors
    • loa: 4180mm, width: 1780mm, height: 1740mm
    • weight: 1405kg (unladen)
    • 2.5L petrol, V6, 4 valves/cyl
      • power; 106kW, torque: 208Nm
    • 2L petrol, 4-cyl, 4 valves/cyl
      • power: 94kW, torque: 174Nm
    • transmission: 5m; 2-speed transfer case, part-time 4WD, 2WD/4WD selectable at up to 100kph
    • suspension: McPherson strut-coils/live-coils

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