XL6 CONCEPT –Eric Bewley
DETROIT, MI Carving out a unique product niche once more, American Suzuki Motor Corporation unveils its new concept vehicle, the XL6, at the North American International Auto Show.
Designed specifically for the North American market, this latest, largest and most luxurious Suzuki concept vehicle demonstrates an unsurpassed combination of versatility and style. With leather seating for six and an abundance of versatile storage space, the XL6 combines a lavish cabin, sleek exterior and a rugged four-wheel drive powertrain.
The XL6 builds on Suzukis award-winning Grand Vitara small SUV, successfully introduced as a 1999 model. The Grand Vitara launch signaled a renewed vigor at American Suzuki, extending its reputation for innovative vehicles by offering the only V6 engine available in a small four-door SUV.
“The XL6 represents a preview of the next step in our long-term product plan and a glimpse at the bright future of American Suzuki,” said Rick Suzuki, president of American Suzuki Motor Corporation. “As the market changes, Suzuki will continue to strengthen its position with the development of innovative, versatile, value-packed products. The XL6 is an example of Suzukis continuing mission to
design vehicles that fit consumers lifestyle — addressing both needs and wants.”
With an aggressive stance and sleek appearance, this new concept embodies the sophistication of a sedan and the functionality of an SUV. An enlarged louvered grille spans the distinctively styled nose set between bezeled headlights. High-dispersal fog lamps punctuate the substantial front bumper. Appealing both to the eye and to the laws of physics, the aerodynamically designed roofline features integrated roof rails and a rear airfoil, complete with integrated brake light.
Flared fenders complement the body-side molding and further define the XL6s powerful appeal, setting it apart from other SUVs. Tasteful accents of polished chrome highlight the exterior door handles, wheel wells, body side moldings and rear bumper, while tinted rear privacy glass, 18-inch, 16-spoke OZ Racing wheels and an integrated tailgate/spare tire compartment with chrome “Suzuki” logo, complete its uptown look.
Warm beige leather captains chairs in the first two rows are combined with one third-row bench seat to welcome the driver and five passengers. Cheery Sunburst Burl extends the upscale interior treatment, trimming the front dash and the side-door window controls. The side-hinged tailgate opens to reveal the recessed rear storage bay. Offering a wealth of storage space, the third row seats individually fold down to increase the rear cargo area. Built for comfort and safety, all six seating positions feature three-point seatbelts and individual air conditioner vents.
These styling and convenience features coupled with the rugged simplicity of the Grand Vitara chassis is bound to make the XL6 a popular choice for performance minded SUV enthusiast.