General Motors (2006-2009)
The Suzuki XL7 (styled as XL-7 before 2006) is Suzuki's mid-sized SUV that was made from 1998 to 2009. It was slotted above the Grand Vitara in Suzuki's lineup, and was also the last three row vehicle to be made by Suzuki.
Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (Europe),Suzuki Grand Escudo XL-7 (Indonesia)
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Maruti Grand Vitara
Chevrolet Vitara XL-7
2.5 L 116 kW (156 hp) and 213 N·m (157 lb·ft) V6 (Indonesia)2.7 L 138kw (185hp) 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. It had a Suzuki-designed 2.7 liter V6 on a rear wheel drive-based platform with optional four wheel drive. When introduced, the XL-7 was the least expensive SUV available with 3-row seating in North America. The Suzuki XL-7 sold over 20,000 a year, and was awarded the Consumer's Digest Best Buy award. However, sales slowed as competitors came out with SUVs with more features, lower prices, better fuel efficiency and more powerful engines, such as the Toyota Highlander, the Honda Pilot, and the Honda CR-V.
A unique trait in the U.S. market in this segment, the XL-7 was available with 5-speed manual transmission, in both 5-person and 7-person variants.
Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size crossover SUV|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive|
|Platform||GM Theta platform/GMT193|
|Engine||3.6 liter, 252 hp (188 kW) 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, 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, built in Japan and shipped to CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, where the XL7 was assembled with the Equinox and Torrent, and also the second-generation Suzuki XL7 is Suzuki's second entry in the crossover SUV segment, after the second generation Suzuki Grand Vitara. 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. Suzuki engine designation N36A.
- Ross, Jeffrey N. (2009-05-13). "Suzuki Halts Production of XL7 Crossover". Autotropolis.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
|Suzuki automobile timeline, European market, 1980s–present|
|Wagon R+||Wagon R+||Splash|
|Vitara||Grand Vitara||Grand Vitara|
|Suzuki road vehicle timeline, North America market, 1985–present|
|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.|