In 1988, Suzuki introduced the Grand Vitara to their family of vehicles. This car would span 4 generations. If you happen to have a Grand Vitara sitting in your driveway, then you should have the Suzuki Grand Vitara workshop manual to accompany it.
The first generation ran from 1988-1998. In Japan it was known as the Escudo. In North America it was called the Sidekick. The Sidekick was introduced in 1998. It was available to purchase as either a 2-door convertible or a hardtop.
From 1998-2005 the second generation was released. This time the car was larger, more powerful and more expensive. This generation was designed to use rack and pinion steering, unlike the first generation. This time, the 5-door version moved up to the compact SUV category of vehicles.
In 2004, a rebadged version of the second generation Grand Vitara was sold in North America. It was called the Chevrolet Tracker. Sales of this vehicle were very poor. In 2004 only 4,860 vehicles were sold in North America.
By 2005 the third generation of Suzuki Grand Vitara’s were ready to be released. This time around, the vehicle was redesigned and sported some significant changes. One such change was that this generation was produced using unibody construction, which featured a built-in ladder frame, instead of just a ladder frame. The built-in ladder frame helped to improve stiffness and ground clearance and also reduced the floor height. The engines were available as a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission.
In 2008 this generation underwent a second redesign. Two new engines were also added during this time period. The new engines helped the fuel economy. Additionally, safety was improved because the company added air bags and traction control as standard on all vehicles. Also, turn signals were added to the side mirrors and the front grill and rear bumper were updated.
2015 saw the start of the 4th generation. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, this generation was smaller and slimmer. This redesign made it easier to park in tighter spaces. It was available as a 5-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
At the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Suzuki again unveiled a redesign Grand Vitara. This time with the addition of a digital display in the dashboard.
The Grand Vitara has continually evolved to keep up with advancements in auto design. If you own any generation of the Grand Vitara, consider adding the Suzuki Grand Vitara service manual to your glove box as well.