22 December 2005

Suzuki has added the option of a diesel engine for buyers of its new Grand Vitara, which launched three months ago. The new 1.9 DDiS model is available in five-door form only for £16999, a £1500 increase on the 2.0-litre petrol Vitara but still £1700 less than the 2.2 i-CTDi Honda CR-V and £2600 less than the 2.2 dCi Nissan X-Trail.

The turbocharged diesel engine delivers 127 bhp and 221 lb ft of torque, sending the Vitara from 0-62 mph in 13.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 106mph. Suzuki claims an average fuel consumption of 36.7 mpg.

On the exterior, the only change from the petrol model is the DDiS badging. Inside, standard equipment is also the same, featuring climate control air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, tilt adjustable steering, CD player, reclining rear seats and alloy wheels.

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