- The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2008

Suzuki Motors says its mantra ‘Live Large, Drive Small’ is a perfect fit for the updated 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara. Offered in both 2-wheel and all-wheel drive, Suzuki says the ‘GV´, as it is now called continues to be at the head of the class in the compact SUV segment, with more power, updated safety and 4WD features, and improved fuel economy averaging 19/26 mpg.

Refusing to compromise ability for size, this small SUV has a towing capacity of 3,000 pounds, which doubles what some other SUVs in its class can tow.

Updates include an all-new 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox with an optional, new 4-speed automatic transmission. Suzuki has also dropped the 2.7-liter V6 engine found on the 2008 model, replacing it with a new 3.2-liter engine that not only gets 24 percent more power but also achieves improved fuel economy. Emissions have also been improved by 20 percent.

The GV is built on a reinforced frame that gives off-road toughness and on-road refinement. Its 4WD functionality has been improved by adding Hill Hold and Hill Descent control systems.

On the outside, the GV’s grille has been refreshed along with the front bumper. Inside, the steering wheel-mounted controls are now illuminated; the center armrest now slides; there are new HVAC controls and upgrades to the stereo system; and the upholstery has been refreshed.

Upgraded safety equipment brings a new rear camera, standard electronic stability control and a new rollover sensor for the side curtain airbags. Additionally, rear disc brakes replaces last year’s rear drums.

The 2009 SuzukiGVcomes with a 100,000 mile/ 7 year, fully transferable powertrain limited warranty.

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