Suzuki released details on the 2006 US production version of its redesigned Grand Vitara small SUV, which the company introduced in concept form at the New York Auto Show this year as the Concept-X2. For '06, Suzie also gave the GV a more powerful standard V6, stability and traction control and six airbags, as well as ABS. Two four-wheel-drive options are also available, both full-time: single-mode and four-mode, which will likely adjust to specific conditions. A 2.7-liter, 24-valve DOHC six, producing 185hp, and hooked to either manual or electronically controlled automatic five-speed gearboxes. Pricing? Click on, MacDuffs.
· Base model (five-speed manual, RWD): $18,999
· Premium package (alloy wheels, tinted glass, six-disc CD, subwoofer) $19,899
· XSport package (Premium plus auto. trans, keyless entry and start) $21,399 — RWD; $22,799 — 4WD (available in late 2005)
· Luxury package (Premium and XSport plus leather, sunroof, 17" alloys, HomeLink) $23,299 — RWD; $24,699 — 4WD
Suzuki to Show New Grand Vitara in Frankfurt [internal]