Maruti has re-established its lux image by launching the Grand Vitara. This car has become the most desirable and premium car sold by Maruti. Launched with two options – a strong hybrid and a mild hybrid, it is offering quite distinguished options for buyers. The car has already clocked more than 55,000 bookings with the majority stake held by the mild hybrid car. It is sold under the Nexa premium dealership network which also sells other cars like the Baleno, Ciaz, Ignis and XL6. Talking about its C-segment SUV, let’s cut to the chase and know about the best variant of Grand Vitara.
Best Strong Hybrid variant of Grand Vitara – Zeta+
Maruti has offered the Strong Hybrid engine option in two variants – Zeta+ and Alpha+. The ‘Zeta+’ here makes more sense because it largely gets all the features except TPMS, premium sound system, 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, puddle lamps, etc. There is a price difference of Rs 1.75 lakh (on-road prices) between these two variants and spending this much premium for some handful of features is quite high. You are getting features like a panoramic sunroof, Heads Up Display, panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, 6 speakers sound system, and more with the Zeta+ variant.
Talking about this strong hybrid setup, it uses a 177.6V battery pack in conjunction with a 1.5-litre petrol engine. The combined power output ranges from 113bhp & 122Nm of torque. One thing to note is that this setup is only available with an e-CVT automatic transmission. Though you have to pay an extra Rs 3 lakh when compared with Zeta SmartHybrid AT, this setup gives an economical mileage figure of 27.97 kmpl (claimed). Need to understand how much will you save if you get a hybrid car over a regular ICE car? Watch the video linked below.
Best mild-hybrid variant of Grand Vitara – Delta
Maruti offers the Grand Vitara mild hybrid in four variants. However, the most value-for-money and well-equipped variant becomes the ‘Delta’. How, you ask? For starters, you get all the necessary features like SmartPlay Pro infotainment system, tilt & telescopic steering, keyless entry, cruise control, reverse parking camera, electric ORVMs and the option for choosing the AT transmission. On the safety front, it gets 2 airbags, ABS with EBD, a reverse parking camera with sensors, geo-fencing, ESP, and more.
Talking about the engine, it gets Maruti’s 1.5-litre mild hybrid engine that makes 102bhp & 137Nm of torque. In terms of transmission options, you get to choose between a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic. Mileage figures are claimed at 21.11kmpl for the manual and 20.58kmpl for the AT.
We have listed the best VFM variants in both powertrain setups. It boils down to the choice of whether you should get the mild hybrid car or the strong hybrid setup. It totally depends on your running and budget. If considering the price between automatic variants of these cars, it has an approx gap of Rs 5.31 lakh (on-road). Though you get more features in the strong hybrid setup, the ‘Delta’ model also offers a decent list.
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