All-weather friends: The Suzuki Jimny AllGrip Pro and Vitara AllGrip Select

All-weather friends: The Suzuki Jimny AllGrip Pro and Vitara AllGrip Select

Suzuki is the sultan of small cars, but when you look at the lineage of the Jimny and Vitara, you'll learn the carmaker also specializes in itsy-bitsy off-roaders, too.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the differences of the Suzuki Jimny's AllGrip Pro and the Suzuki Vitara's AllGrip Select?

    The Jimny's AllGrip Pro uses a lever to lock the wheels in 4WD. The Vitara's AllGrip Select uses an electronic dial to activate 4WD.
  • What are the ground clearance measurements of the Jimny and Vitara?

    The Jimny clears the ground at 210 millimeters, while the Vitara does so at 185mm.
  • The Jimny line dates back to the 1970s, and it became an off-roading hit with its boxy styling, capable body-on-frame chassis, and a rough-and-tumble appeal. These qualities, such as the three-door shape, are still alive in the current Jimny, so it's now admired by those appreciate "modern classics."

    The Vitara came during the SUV boom around the '90s, but unlike the Jimny, it was pitched to families rather than farmers. The Vitara offered rear seats for three and two extra rear doors. What the Vitara did share with the Jimny, though, is the ability to travel roads less driven on, as evident in the Vitara's four-wheel drive (4WD). 

    It's almost the same story with the latest Jimny and Vitara, whose 4WD systems fall under the AllGrip name. Basically, AllGrip is a feature that helps all four wheels of the vehicles tackle the rough and slippery stuff.

    Suzuki-Jimny

    The Jimny uses the AllGrip Pro. This system places a transfer case between the driveshafts on the front and rear differentials, and uses it to switch between rear-wheel drive (2WD) and 4WD as required. AllGrip Pro kicks into action when the lever, bolted on the Jimny's interior floor, is used.  

    When in 4WD mode, the system directly connects the front and rear wheels, which allows the engine to seamlessly send power to all four tires evenly. As a result of all of these, the AllGrip Pro, well, ensures the Jimny can grip any kind of terrain like Velcro. 

    On the other hand, the Vitara is equipped with AllGrip Select. By toggling a push-and-turn dial on the center console, the AllGrip Select's 4WD driving modes (Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock) can be, well, selected. 

    Suzuki Vitara AllGrip

    In auto mode, the Vitara sends engine power to its front wheels, and then to all four when the system detects that the rears are slipping.  When sport is activated, the system directs majority of the engine torque to the rear wheels. 

    Snow mode, meanwhile, is pretty much self-explanatory, while the Lock setting uses the Vitara's electronic stability program to drive all of the wheels. While the AllGrip Select is at work, the multi-information color display in the instrument panel displays what AllGrip setting is in operation. 

    The key difference between the Jimny's Pro and the Vitara's Select, it seems, is that the former's 4WD is mechanical while the latter's is an electronic one. But no matter how different the vehicles' AllGrip gadgets are, they're complemented by several qualities inherent to these two Suzukis.

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    To begin with, the Jimny stands tall with a 210millimeter ground clearance. With barely any overhangs as the 16-inch wheels are placed to the farthest corners of the body, the Jimny's approach and departure angles measure 37 and 49 degrees, respectively. 

    In the Vitara's case, its clears the ground at 185mm. Its set of 17-inch wheels allow for approach and departure angles of 18.2 and 28.2 degrees, respectively. 

    suzuki-vitara

    Being the all-terrain conquerors that they're pitched to be, Suzuki also equipped the Jimny and Vitara a number of tools to prep them when the going gets tough. Both SUVs have hill-hold and hill-descent controls, a compass, and displays that measure the altitude, lean and pitch angles, all of which are displayed on the vehicles' infotainment screens. 

    Meanwhile, the Jimny and Vitara are far more advanced than their forefathers. The utilitarian Jimny has some concessions to modernity with touchscreen infotainment and automatic climate control, while the Vitara is as up-to-date as its peers with push-button start and automatic wipers. 

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    Suzuki Vitara AllGrip

    All you need to know about the AllGrip-equipped Jimny and Vitara are available in their spec sheets below.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Suzuki Jimny GLX Two-Tone 4AT

    Suzuki Vitara GLX AT AllGrip Two-Tone

    Length x Width x Height (mm)

    3,480 x 1,645 x 1,725

    4,175 x 1,775 x 1,610

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,250

    2,500

    Tread (mm)

    Front: 1,395

    Rear: 1,405

    Front: 1,535

    Rear: 1,505

    Minimum Turning Radius (m)

    4.9

    5.2

    Minimum Ground Clearance (mm)

    210

    185

    Approach Angle

    37°

    18.2°

    Departure Angle

    49°

    28.2°

    Ramp Brake Over Angle

    28°

    17.7°

    Fuel Type

    Gasoline

    Gasoline

    Engine Type

    K15B

    M16A

    Number of Cylinders

    4

    4

    Number of Valves

    16

    16

    Displacement (cc)

    1,462

    1,586

    Maximum Output

    100hp at 6,000rpm

    115hp at 6,000rpm

    Maximum Torque

    130Nm at 4,000rpm

    156Nm / 4,400rpm

    Fuel Distribution

    Multipoint Injection

    Multipoint Injection

    Transmission Type

    Four-Speed Automatic

    6AT with Paddle Shift

    Drivetrain

    4WD AllGrip Pro

    4WD AllGrip Select

    Valve Train

    DOHC with VVT

    DOHC with VVT

    Steering

    Rack and Pinion

    Rack and Pinion

    Brakes

    Front: Solid Disc 

    Rear: Drum 

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Suspension

    Front: 3-link rigid axle with coil spring

    Rear: 3-link rigid axle with coil spring

    Front: MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring

    Rear: Torsion Beam with Coil Spring

    Tires

    195 / 80 R15

    215/55 R17

    Wheels

    15-inch Alloy Wheels

    17-inch Alloy Wheels

    Seating Capacity

    Four Persons

    Five Persons

    Luggage Rear Seatback Capacity (liters)

    Folded: 85

    Raised: 377

    Folded: 710

    Raised: 375

    Fuel Tank (liters)

    40

    47

    Curb Weight (kg)

    1,110

    1,120

    Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)

    1,435

    1,730

    SRS Airbags

    Driver and Passenger

    Driver and Passenger, Side, and Curtain

    Seatbelt

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner, Force Limiter and Height Adjuster

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x2)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner, Force Limiter and Height Adjuster

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Isofix Child Seat Anchorages (x2)

    With

    With

    Child Seat Tether Anchorages (x3)

    With

    With

    Childproof Rear Door Locks

    Without

    With

    Side Impact Door Beams

    With

    With

    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

    With EBD

    With EBD

    Shift Lock

    With

    With

    Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

    With

    With

    Hill Hold Control

    With

    With

    Brake Assist Function

    With

    With

    Parking Sensors

    Front: Without

    Rear: Two Sensors

    Front: With

    Rear: Four Sensors

    Reverse Camera

    Without

    With

    Pedal Release System

    With

    With

    Daytime Running Lamps

    With

    With

    Remote Control Door Locks

    Without

    With

    Keyless Push Start System

    Without

    With

    Immobilizer

    With

    With

    Freewheeling Key Cylinders

    With

    With

    Electric Windows

    Front

    Front and Rear

    Central Door Locking

    With (Switch on Driver’s Side)

    With

    Outside Door Mirrors

    Electric Adjust and Electric Fold

    Electric Adjust and Electric Fold

    Audio Display

    Nine-inch Multimedia Touch Screen

    10-inch Multimedia Touch Screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 

    Navigation System

    With

    With

    Speakers

    4

    6

    Antenna

    Pole, Rear roof mounted

    Pole, Rear roof mounted

    Steering Wheel Integrated Audio Control

    With

    With

    Automatic Lamps

    Without

    With

    Automatic Headlamp Levelling

    Without

    With

    Automatic Front Wipers

    Without

    With

    Rear View Mirror (Day/Night)

    Manual Dimming

    Auto Dimming

    Automatic Air-condition

    With

    With

    Cruise Control with Speed Limiter

    Without

    With

    Rear Window Demister

    Without

    With

    Available Colors

    Solid Kinetic Yellow/Black 

    Metallic Brisk Blue/Black 

    Metallic Chiffon Ivory/Black

    Solid Bright Red / Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic

    Prime Solar Yellow / Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic

    PRICE

    P1.215 million

    P1.468 million

     

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