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Over 700 Bookings A Day For The Jimny: Maruti

Maruti will offer it in two broad trims: Zeta and Alpha.

Its total bookings have crossed the 16,500 mark.

More practical than the likes of Mahindra Thar with five doors and usable boot space.

To come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine; 4x4 to be offered as standard.

Equipment on board includes a nine-inch touchscreen and cruise control.

Prices likely to kick off from Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).

It’s been a little over a month since the five-door Maruti Suzuki Jimny made its global premiere at the Auto Expo 2023. Now, we have learned from Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Officer at Maruti, that the lifestyle model has bagged over 16,500 bookings, with as many as 700-750 bookings coming in every single day.


Maruti: Strong Hybrids Account For More Than A Quarter Of Grand Vitara Bookings

The Grand Vitara is Maruti’s first and only strong-hybrid offering.

Almost 28 percent of the total bookings of the compact SUV are for its strong-hybrid variants.

It is offered with three different powertrain options: 1.5-litre strong-hybrid, 1.5-litre mild-hybrid and a 1.5-litre mild-hybrid CNG.

The hybrid variants are the priciest and claim a fuel economy of 27.97kmpl.

Its price range starts from Rs 10.45 lakh, while strong hybrids start at Rs 18 lakh (both ex-showroom).

Since launch, the Maruti Grand Vitara has sparked interest among buyers because of its diverse powertrain options, attractive design, and feature loaded cabin. In a recent interview, Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Officer, Sales and Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India, revealed that strong-hybrid variants account for about 28 percent of the Grand Vitara’s total bookings.


Citroen C3

Citroen C3 Pros

• Striking design! Very funky, yet likeable at the same time
• Good-looking cabin that is practical too
• Fast 1.2L turbo-petrol is genuinely fun-to-drive, while the 1.2L naturally-aspirated engine offers excellent driveability
• 6-speed MT is slick and light to operate. Definitely one of the better gearboxes in the segment
• Sorted suspension offers a very good ride & handling package
• Compact size and light controls are perfect for the urban environment
• 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay is excellent to use
• Lots of customization options and accessories to make your car truly unique

Citroen C3 Cons

• Missing plenty of features = electric ORVM adjustment, IRVM dimmer (not even manual), climate control, rear wiper & defogger, reversing camera, alloy wheels, tachometer!
• Just 2 variants at launch (no true top variant)
• No automatic transmission on offer - a big miss when ATs are rapidly gaining popularity in India
• Quality of cabin materials doesn't feel great; cost-cutting is pretty evident in certain areas
• Some ergonomic issues like the placement of rear power window switches, unusable rear headrests…
• 1.2L NA petrol’s highway performance is mediocre; 5-speed MT is notchy too
• Cabin width makes the interiors suitable for 4 adults, not 5
• Long-term reliability & after-sales service quality are big unknowns; dealer network is tiny


2022 Maruti Grand Vitara Review

Maruti Grand Vitara Pros

• A competent hybrid car for the mass market
• 20+ km/l FE in city driving conditions makes the Grand Vitara cheaper to run than a diesel!
• Lower emissions will appeal to environmentally-conscious buyers. And those who aren’t ready for an EV yet
• Toyota’s reliability & expertise in hybrid systems is very reassuring in the Maruti
• Seamless Hybrid system that makes driving a breeze. A car you will enjoy driving in traffic
• Maruti's AWD system provides impressive soft-roading capabilities. Can get you out of tricky situations when touring
• Compliant ride quality coupled with balanced driving dynamics
• Well-equipped with features such as driving modes, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, wireless smartphone charging, connected car features, wireless Android Auto + Apple CarPlay and more
• Maruti’s excellent after-sales service, wide dealer network & fuss-free ownership experiences
• Does most things well, but doesn’t excel in any particular area (other than fuel economy)

Maruti Grand Vitara Cons

• Practicality is compromised due to reduced boot space in the full-hybrid variant
• Interior quality and fit & finish are underwhelming at this price point
• AllGrip AWD is only available in a single MT trim. Missed opportunity to market a USP
• Interior is narrow and doesn't feel as roomy as some competitors. Rear seat is best for 2 adults
• Lacks the outright performance of the competition. Runs out of steam above 110 km/h
• Not as engaging to drive as the German competitors, or the Creta / Seltos turbo-petrols
• NVH levels from the drivetrain are surprisingly poor for a hybrid. Sounds from the 3-cylinder engine, electric motor and brake vacuum pump filter into the cabin
• The Honda City’s Hybrid system is smoother, more sophisticated & more refined
• Missing features such as rain-sensing wipers, premium audio + subwoofer, electric seats, electric parking brake, LED interior lighting, etc.
• Does most things well, but doesn’t excel in any particular area (other than fuel economy)


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