- Introduced in 1999 to replace the Sidekick, the Grand Vitara was Suzuki's small sport utility vehicle. It included a new body and chassis and was the first company vehicle sold in North America with a six-cylinder engine. Amenities varied by trimline and included leather upholstery and either four-wheel or rear-wheel drive.
- Using the least expensive JLS model as an example, this SUV came with a 2.5-liter, 155-horsepower V6, with a standard five-speed manual overdrive or optional four-speed automatic overdrive transmission. This gave it a compression ratio of 9.5:1 and a torque of 160 ft-lbs at 4,000 rpm. Fuel economy was 19 mpg in the city and 21 or 22 on the highway.
- This four-door SUV weighed 3,064 pounds and measured 164.6 inches long by 70.1 inches wide by 68 inches high, with a ground clearance of 7.5 inches, wheelbase of 97.6 inches and turning diameter of 34.8 feet. Standard features included a full-size spare tire, power windows and a rear-window defogger.
- The interior sat five and had front measurements of 39.9 inches for headroom, 41.4 inches for legroom, 52.8 inches for shoulder room and 50.7 inches for hip room. Rear measurements were 39.9 inches for headroom, 35.9 inches for legroom, 52.6 inches for shoulder room and 46.8 inches for hip room. Interior appointments included air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering and radio with cassette player.
- Standard safety features were child safety-door locks, power door locks, driver and passenger airbags and power windows. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the vehicle an overall rating of Acceptable for in its frontal offset crash test. This was because of good ratings for chest, leg and foot protection, but only acceptable ratings for the structure, safety cage, restraints and head/neck protection.