Let’s see how the Grand Vitara outperforms the Creta, at least on paper
The Maruti Grand Vitara has been unveiled for India as the automaker’s first strong hybrid model. Bookings are underway, while prices of the compact SUV will be announced in the first week of September. This is Maruti’s iteration in the compact SUV segment, which includes: Toyota Hyryder. (the twin brother of the Grand Vitara), Hyundai Crete, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaqand MG Astor.
Also read: These are the main advantages and disadvantages of Toyota Hyryder compared to the Hyundai Creta
So let’s compare the Maruti Grand Vitara to the best-selling model in its segment, the Hyundai Creta. Here are the top five differences between the two compact SUVs that you should know:
Grand Vitara gets a strong hybrid engine
Like Toyota’s counterpart, the Hyryder, the Maruti Grand Vitara also gets a 1.5-litre petrol engine with strong hybrid support. Its electric motor has a nominal power of 80.2 hp/141 Nm and combined with the petrol engine, the total combined power of the powertrain is 116 hp. The battery pack uses motor power and regenerative braking to recharge itself.
The Grand Vitara has three driving modes: hybrid, pure petrol and pure EV. With a claimed (internal test by Maruti) average fuel consumption of 27.97 kmpl, the Toyota-Suzuki duo is the most efficient SUV in the segment. As for the rival to the Grand Vitara, the Hyundai Creta, you get petrol, turbo petrol and diesel engines.
Hyundai Creta gets a diesel engine
While the Grand Vitara offers a strong hybrid powertrain together with the Hyryder, the Creta has the option of a diesel engine. Why is this important? Well, the diesel option still takes the bulk of sales in this segment with just over 50 percent market share, compared to gasoline.
The Creta’s 115 hp 1.5-litre diesel engine is available with manual and automatic transmissions. In particular, a diesel engine offers more torque and pulling power than a petrol engine and delivers high fuel consumption. However, the strong hybrid can just beat the oil burner in his game
Maruti Grand Vitara’s AWD Option
Another key feature of the Grand Vitara is that it will be offered with the option of an all-wheel drive (AWD) system. We talked about the strong hybrid powertrain above, but the SUV also gets the Brezza, XL6 and Ertiga’s 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine.
The mild-hybrid petrol manual variants can be selected with AWD, which also includes ‘Auto’, ‘Snow’, ‘Lock’ and ‘Sport’ terrain modes. The other cars in this segment get, on the Toyota Hyryder of course, a front-wheel drive.
Additional features on board the Grand Vitara
Both SUVs have their own share of extra features, those are their highlights. As for the Maruti Grand Vitara, it gets standard LED daytime running lights, hill hold control, electronic stability control, 17-inch wheels and disc brakes on all wheels, which the Hyundai SUV only offers with higher variants. The Grand Vitara also gets a 360-degree camera, head-up display and hill descent control, which are missing from the Creta.
Hyundai Creta’s share of additional features
On the other hand, we also have the Grand Vitara that lacks a number of useful and useful features that you find in the Hyundai Creta. The latter gets an electronic parking brake, electric driver’s seat and a Bose sound system.
The Maruti Grand Vitara is expected to be priced from Rs 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom). If Maruti manages to bring the strong-hybrid variants of the Vitara close to Creta’s diesel range, we would see some very stiff competition between the best in the segment and the competitor.