The 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara convertible seats four, while the wagon version accommodates five. Unfortunately both models offer limited rear-seat legroom. Cargo space also remains limited in both models, although it expands to as much as 45 cubic feet by folding down the split rear seats.
The four-door 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara measures 165 inches long while the convertible remains eleven inches shorter. However both models measure equally wide and tall. The convertible Grand Vitara comes equipped with a canvas top that folds down manually. Both body styles feature a tailgate-mounted spare tire. For 2001 changes to the Grand Vitara include the introduction of new front and rear bumpers as well as a new grille. The JLS+ features 16-inch alloy wheels as well, and the Limited adds tinted glass and a monochromatic paint scheme.
EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION: STEEL REPLACEMENT WHEELS, PART NO. 4310-665D21-27S, USED FOR SPARE PARTS ON 1999-2001 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA AND 2001 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA XL-7 MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE AFFECTED WHEELS WERE PRODUCED FROM JULY 30 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, 2000. THE THICKNESS OF THE STEEL WHEEL INBOARD OF THE AREA WHERE THE WHEEL RIM IS WELDED TO THE WHEEL DISK IS LESS THAN THE DESIGN SPECIFICATION.
All three versions of the 2001 Grand Vitara come equipped with the same 2.5-liter V-6 engine. Rated at 155 horsepower, the Grand Vitara’s V-6 also produces 160 lb-ft of torque. The 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara’s suspension features an advanced MacPherson strut design in front and a five-link coil-spring design in the rear. The Grand Vitara feels composed and controlled in off-road situations but perhaps a little rougher than it might be on the highway. Also the Grand Vitara’s V-6, while adequate, pales when compared to the power plants found in competing compact models; most notably those belonging to the Nissan Xterra and the Ford Escape.