Suzuki X-90

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Suzuki X-90
Manufacturer Suzuki
Production 1995-1997
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact car
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout AWD
Related Suzuki Escudo
Engine 1.6 L SOHC G16A
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Length 3,710 mm (146 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,550 mm (61 in)
Curb weight 1,100 kg (2,400 lb)

The Suzuki X-90 is a small two-door, two-seater SUV manufactured and marketed from October 1995 to May 1997 by Suzuki. Related to the Suzuki Sidekick, the X-90 featured a T-section removable roof.[1]

The X-90 replaced the Samurai for the United States market.[2] It started selling in Japan by the end of 1995, and in Western markets in April 1996.

The X-90 used a 1.6 L I4 16-valve engine which produced 95 hp (71 kW) and was available with four wheel drive or rear wheel drive and either a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.[3] The X-90 featured dual air bags, anti-lock brakes, optional Air conditioning and a dealer-installed 6 disc CD changer. The suspension used MacPherson struts and coil springs in front and coil springs with wishbone and trailing links in the rear.[4] A full-sized spare wheel is stored in the trunk and space behind the two seats offers further cargo area.

The X-90 was initially a concept car shown at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show. It received wide praise from the public.[citation needed] The production vehicle was shown in 1995 and started to sell by the end of that year in Japan, with international markets the following year. Despite the praise and mostly positive reviews, the X-90 sold 1,348 X-90s examples in Japan, and a total of 7,205 X-90s were imported into the US. More than half in the US were sold in 1996, with sales dropping to 2,087 the next year and just 477 in 1998. During 1996, 484 vehicles were imported into Australia. It was also imported into Europe. By mid-1997 retail pricing had been dropped by 25%. No further imports occurred and the last of the vehicles sold in 1999.[3]

The car found a niche when the manufacturers of Red Bull energy drink converted a number of the vehicles into rolling advertisements,[2] with giant cans of the beverage mounted on the cars' back.[clarification needed]

In October 2013, Top Gear magazine placed the X-90 on its list of "The 13 worst cars of the last 20 years."[5]


  1. ^ Asia Spy Report, Popular Mechanics, July 1995: 29 
  2. ^ a b Sass, Rob (2009-07-03). "Rust in Peace - Suzuki X-90 - An S.U.V., but Not Really". Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b Davis, Tony (2005). Extra Lemon!. Bantam. pp. 86–88. ISBN 1-86325-550-8. 
  4. ^ '1996 Suzuki X-90' Richard Truett- Orlando Sentinel. 21 December 1995.
  5. ^ "The 13 Worst Cars of the Last 20 Years". Top Gear magazine. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Japanese Wikipedia.

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