General Motors (2007–2009)
Chevrolet Equinox (North America)
First generation (XL-7; 1998–2006)
|Also called||Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (Europe)
Suzuki Grand Escudo XL-7 (Japan and Indonesia)
Daewoo Grand Vitara (South Korea)
Indonesia: Bekasi (Suzuki Indonesia)
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Engine||2.5 L V6 (Indonesia)
2.7 L V6
|Wheelbase||110.2 in (2,799 mm)|
|Length||187.4 in (4,760 mm) (2002–06)
183.6 in (4,663 mm) (1998-01)
|Width||70.1 in (1,781 mm)|
|Height||68.0 in (1,727 mm)
67.5 in (1,714 mm)
The first-generation XL-7 was a Suzuki design and was essentially a stretched Grand Vitara. The North American version had a Suzuki-designed 2.5- or 2.7-liter V6 engine , on a rear-wheel drive-based platform with optional four-wheel drive. The UK version was also available with a 2.0-liter diesel engine, made by various manufacturers including Peugeot.
A unique trait in the US market in this segment, the XL-7 was available with five-speed manual transmission, in both five- and seven-seat variants.
When introduced, the XL-7 was the least expensive SUV available with three-row seating in North America. It sold over 100,000 a year in the US, and was awarded the Consumers Digest "Best Buy" award. However, sales slowed as the vehicle aged relative to the competition.
Second generation (XL7; 2007–2009)
|Second generation (Suzuki XL7)|
|Assembly||Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Lengthened compact crossover SUV|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive|
|Platform||GM Theta platform/GMT193|
|Engine||3.6 L N36A V6|
|Wheelbase||112.4 in (2,855 mm)|
|Length||197.2 in (5,009 mm)|
|Width||72.2 in (1,834 mm)|
|Height||68.9 in (1,750 mm)|
Introduced in November 2006, Suzuki partnered with General Motors to build the 2007 model year version, now called XL7 (without the hyphen). It used the same unibody platform and many of the same components as the Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent, Saturn Vue and Opel Antara but incorporated third row seating exclusive to the Suzuki. The second generation model used a version of the GM High Feature engine—designated N36A by Suzuki—built in Japan and shipped to CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, where the XL7 was assembled with the Equinox and Torrent. Styling cues on the 2007 model include a chrome slotted grille and trapezoidal headlights.
In May 2009, Suzuki halted production of the XL7 indefinitely due to low demand. Through May 10, 2009, CAMI Automotive Inc. had only produced four XL7s for Suzuki after producing more than 12,000 units the previous year.
- Ross, Jeffrey N. (2009-05-13). "Suzuki Halts Production of XL7 Crossover". Autotropolis.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
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Suzuki automobile timeline, European market, 1980s–present
|Wagon R+||Wagon R+||Splash|
|Compact SUV||Vitara||Grand Vitara||Grand Vitara||Vitara|
Suzuki road vehicle timeline, North America market, 1985–present
|Compact crossover||SX4 S-Cross|
|Mini SUV||Jimny / Samurai||X-90|
|Compact SUV||Grand Vitara||Grand Vitara|
|Note: Suzuki left the U.S. auto market in 2012 and Canada in 2013. It remains in Mexico.|