The only drawback would be the loss of backlight on both the audio & cruise control steering-mounted switches when the lights are turned on.
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Why Cruise Control in a Grand Vitara that is 10+ years old?
Simple Answer: Just because it can be done and has been done by several people, in countries, where the Vitara came without the Cruise option.
How do you know if the vehicle is cruise ready?
If the vehicle has the fuse for a cruise in the fuse box (under the steering/driver side footwell area fuse box), you are in luck and have a cruise-ready vehicle. It’s just that the cruise control buttons have not been put in that model of the vehicle.
Can Cruise Control be installed on Indian Grand Vitara?
Yes, on both the 2.0 & 2.4 versions.
What are the parts needed?
The below diagram served as my reference guide for parts and connections.
Different types of Cruise Control switch
The cruise buttons are of different types with different part numbers and after much reading, on Russian online forums, understood that there were different cruise control buttons for models with backlit & non-backlit options. In addition, there is also a combi-type part that has both Audio & Cruise controls but the connector (G54) in that is of a different type and I was almost 100% sure that our Indian Vitara did not have that connector inside. You can go down that route but will need to change more parts which will be very expensive.
So, the combi-type was out of the way and the choice was to either order a backlit one or a non-backlit one. This was made easy by the following considerations:
- The non-backlit one was cheaper and available easily (for me)
- Fewer wire connections/cutting/joining and a more straightforward install
The only drawback would be the loss of backlight on both the audio & cruise control switches, on the steering wheel, when lights are turned on.
The SGP part#37460-64j40-zcp arrived in a couple of days.
This is the cruise module.
The wiring on the connector side. Non-backlit one has 4 wires (discount the blue wire) and the backlit version would have 6 wires (2 extra for backlit).
De-pin the wires from the connector and this is how it looks.
NOTE: De-pinning is not a straightforward task of just pulling the wires from the connectors. The connector has locks and wires/pins have to be removed carefully, else the pins will break.
Took the vehicle to a service center and got the master electrician to do the connections. I told him which wire goes where, what to do and he followed the instructions blindly.
Preparations to remove the steering and airbag (Remove the plastic panels below the steering also).
Behind the steering, you will find this connector (G33) which has the audio control wires. Make a note of the colors of the wires and the slots numbers (green-empty-black-red-orange-pink).
Remove the orange & pink wires/pins from the connector. (Any good electrician will know how to do this cleanly, so, will not describe this in detail).
Orange & pink wires removed (these are the wires for the audio backlit connection).
This is how the steering will look after de-pinning the orange & pink wires from the G33 connector.
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