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New Engines Power Grand Vitara for ’09
By Christie Schweinsberg, Oct 7, 2008 10:06 AM
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Suzuki Gives Grand Vitara New Engines; Expects Small Volume From Equator

SAN ANTONIO – After releasing a redesigned version of its Grand Vitara SUV three years ago, only to see sales stagnate, American Suzuki Motor Corp. stages an extensive refresh of the model for ’09.

new 3.2L V-6, a downsized version of the 3.6L designed by General Motors Corp. and in the Suzuki XL7 large CUV, and a 2.4L I-4, all-new from Suzuki engineers, both are quiet and smooth, two words not always associated with Suzuki powerplants.
The 230-hp 3.2L replaces the 185-hp 2.7L V-6 that previously powered the Grand Vitara, while a 4-cyl. is offered for the first time in the current generation.
The I-4 makes 166 hp and 162 lb.-ft. (220 Nm) of torque. American Suzuki’s Gene Brown, vice president-product development, calls it “approximately as peppy as the V-6 it replaces.”
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