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Grand Vitara I(Edit)

Also known as Suzuki Vitara, Chevrolet Tracker, Chevrolet Grand Vitara.

Part-time all wheel drive. Low gear.

Figure: suzuki grand vitara I

Figure: Suzuki Grand Vitara transfer case

Figure: Suzuki Grand Vitara front axle lock clutch

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Grand Vitara II(Edit)

Also known as Suzuki Vitara, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Grand Vitara JP (Taiwan), Suzuki Grand Nomade, Suzuki Grand Vitara SZ.

Full-time all wheel drive. Manually lockable center differential. Low range. EDL.

Figure: suzuki grand vitara II

Figure: suzuki grand vitara 4mode 4wd selector switch

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Grand Vitara II 2013 Facelift(Edit)

Sold in the USA in three variants: rear wheel drive, full-time all wheel drive without low gear, and "4-mode 4wd" - full-time all wheel drive with manually lockable center differential and low range.

Figure: suzuki grand vitara 2013 4mode 4wd selector switch

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Ignis 4grip(Edit)

Automatic all wheel drive. Normally front-wheel drive vehicle. Rear axle engaged via viscous coupling when front wheels slip.

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Part-time all wheel drive

You can switch between 2WD and 4WD while driving in a straight line at a speed no higher than 100km/h. You must stop the vehicle to switch between 4WD and 4WD-L.

1. 2WD: for normal on-road driving, with all engine torque going to the rear wheels.

2. 4WD: front axle is engaged and locked, there is no center differential. Can be used on loose surface only.

3. 4WD-L: front axle is engaged with low ratio gears

Figure: Suzuki Jimny 4x4 buttons (source:

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Liana 4Grip(Edit)

Automatic all wheel drive

Figure: suzuki liana

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Automatic all wheel drive. Normally a front-wheel drive vehicle. Rear axle engaged automatically via a multiplate wet clutch when front wheels slip. 2wd or 4wd modes can be forced by a button on the console.

Figure: Suzuki SX4 four wheel drive mode switch (

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Vitara 1988-2006(Edit)

Also known as Asüna Sunrunner, Chevrolet Tracker, Chevrolet Vitara, Geo Tracker, GMC Tracker, Mazda Proceed Levante, Pontiac Sunrunner, Santana 300/350, Suzuki Escudo, Suzuki Sidekick.

Part-time all wheel drive. Lever-operated two-speed part-time transfer case. 1.82:1 low gear. From 1999- new vacuum-actuated front axle disconnect, which eliminates the need of backing-up to disengage the the front hubs.

Corporate IFS open differential axle up front, corporate rear live axle equipped with limited slip (open differential rear on Chevrolet Tracker).

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SX4 S-Cross 2012(Edit)

Figure: Mode selector
Mode selector

Figure: ECCD

Launched in 2012 the "AllGrip" is the newest and most modern 4wd-system engineered by Suzuki/Japan.

Normally front-wheel drive vehicle. Rear axle engaged automatically and electronically controlled via a multiplate wet clutch (100:0 until 50:50).

Selectable drive modes:

AUTO = normal conditions, 100:0 (fuel save) to 50:50 (lock)

SPORT = winding roads, fun to drive, 100:0 to 50:50, sporty accelerator-torque-characteristic, less engine traction control

SNOW = slippery roads, 100:0 to 50:50, steering angle control, much engine torque control and brake traction control for stable driving

LOCK = got stuck, 50:50 lock, differential lock right/left via brake control

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Johnny Miera
April 26, 2019 - 10:26

Can someone please explain the 2007-2009 XL7 AWD system. Does it compare to any other AWD CUV?

March 15, 2019 - 08:57

You show a figure in "Grand Vitara II"-chapter and Name it "Suzuki Grand Vitara limited slip rear differential".
Let me tell you that this figure shows the front differential with the axle lock hub.
When the 4WD switch is turned ON by shifting the transfer shift lever, the 4WD controller actuates { energizes) the air pump assembly. Then positive pressure is sent from the air pump assembly to the actuator installed to the differ􀀃 ential case and causes the axle lock clutch and the free axle hub in the differential case to be engaged, resulting in the 4WD mode. Only when running in the 4WD mode, front axles are joined to differential case, and they become free when 2WD mode is used (orwhen transter shift lever is shifted to N position) there by reducing the power loss.

lemmon j dishong
January 25, 2019 - 23:47

I have a 2007 suzuki sx4. The rear wheels will not engage when in awd or 4x4 lock. The lights for each come on in the dash like it is engaged but it isn't.

beverly may
December 06, 2017 - 02:43

I've had a 2008 Suzuki Gr Vitara that I bought new. No issues until last night I was making a Right turn at a corner slowly and reached down in the dark to turn on the heater dial and accidentally turned the Transfer Switch from 4H to 4HLOCK. Now the light on the dash shows it's stuck there and the vehicle doesn't act right at all. I can successfully move the selector through all settings, (N, 4H, 4H LOCK, and 4L LOCK), however it just doesn't remove the dashboard indicator showing 4HLOCK, and the vehicle doesn't act like the right front tire is engaged.

Please help.

September 22, 2017 - 23:10

All 3 versions of the Swift are also available with 4WD

Robert Rodgers
September 07, 2017 - 21:50

The Jimny does have a transfer box which is chain driven. At least the 2010 model is.

August 04, 2017 - 13:11

I have an Ignis 4grip and 2013 SX4 4x4, neither have the systems as described above.
The Ignis has permanent AWD.
The SX4 doesn't automatically switch from 2wd to 4wd, it is either 2wd, auto when it has 80/20 split which can vary to 50/50 if wheels slip, or 50/50 locked.

Reply to Colin
August 04, 2017 - 21:26

Further to my post should point out my 2013 SX4 is the older model, not latest s cross.

July 26, 2017 - 17:53

Can anyone tell if any Vitara models have locking differentials? Front/rear/both?

Reply to wilko
November 15, 2017 - 21:35

Grand Vitara has locking central diff.

November 09, 2016 - 23:46

Can actuater pump be eliminated? If so how?

Reply to Paul
May 13, 2017 - 00:34

What model do you refer to Paul?

November 02, 2016 - 16:51

i need a COMPLETE 4wd switching motor for suzuki escudo 2006 model.

April 07, 2016 - 02:56

I guess from what I am reading I can't take my Suzuki Grand Vitara (2008) out of 4 wheel drive? I just thought it would be better on fuel if I could get it out of 4 wheel drive? I put it in N and the differential light started flashing.
Thank you


March 20, 2016 - 15:09

No mention of the XL7? Is it the same system as the Vitara? If so, perhaps that should be mentioned.

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