Maruti has revealed the prices of the Grand Vitara and people are now interested in knowing the build quality of the mid-size SUV.
The official GNCAP rating signifying the build quality of the Maruti Grand Vitara is not known yet. But that has given some people the liberty to ‘test’ it by banging and knocking the vehicle. It has lately become a norm on the internet to do the ‘thud test’. By opening and shutting doors, boot gates and bonnets, people try to ascertain the toughness of the car. This, as one would imagine, is not the ideal way of drawing any conclusion.
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Maruti Grand Vitara Build Quality ‘Tested’
The video has been uploaded as YouTube Shorts. The visuals show the reviewer in the Maruti dealership checking out the new Grand Vitara. He lifts the bonnet of the SV in order to test how heavy it feels. Then, he goes on to ‘test’ the build by shutting it and analysing the thud sound. He repeats the process for the front and rear doors. Thereafter, he knocks on the door panels with his fingers to ‘check’ the sound. Now, it is quite naive to check the build quality of any car using this method.
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We must understand that the actual GNCAP testing is a rigorous process. It takes into account the highest safety standards and puts dedicated parameters in order to test the strength of the body of the vehicle, the structure, the safety of the pedestrians after getting hit by the car, strength of the side pillars, effectiveness of the airbags, ISOFIX child restrain mounts, chassis strength and much more. One can’t simply replicate it by checking the thud sound. Hence, one must not come to any conclusions through such videos.
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The Grand Vitara comes powered by two petrol hybrid powertrains – a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder mild hybrid with AWD option and a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder strong hybrid with an AC synchronous electric motor and a Lithium-ion battery pack. The former outputs 103 hp and 136 Nm, while the latter is good for 116 hp and 141 Nm of peak power and torque. There are options of a 5-speed MT and a 6-speed AT with the mild hybrid, while the strong hybrid comes with the sole e-CVT automatic transmission. The mileage in the strong hybrid version is a whopping 27.97 km/l (ARAI). The prices of the Maruti Grand Vitara range from Rs 10.45 lakh to Rs 19.49 lakh, ex-showroom.
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