Suzuki X-90

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Suzuki X-90
1996-1997 Suzuki X-90 coupe (2009-09-04).jpg
Also calledSuzuki Vitara X-90 (Europe)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact car
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutRear Wheel Drive, 4-Wheel Drive
RelatedSuzuki Escudo
Engine1.6 L SOHC G16A
Transmission4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Length3,710 mm (146 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,550 mm (61 in)
Curb weight1,100 kg (2,425 lb)

The Suzuki X-90 is a front-engine, rear or 4-wheel drive, two-door, two-seater SUV manufactured and marketed by Suzuki for model years 1995-1997. Related to the Suzuki Sidekick, the X-90 featured a T-section removable roof.[1]

Replacing the Samurai in the United States market,[2] Suzuki began marketing the X-90 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 space saver spare wheel is stored in the trunk and space behind the two seats offers further cargo area.

The X-90 debuted as a concept car at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show. Suzuki presented the production vehicle in 1995 and began marketing the X-90 by the end of that year in Japan, with international markets the following year. 1,348 were sold in Japan, and 7,205 X-90s were imported into the US.[citation needed] More than half in the US were sold in 1996, with sales of 2,087 the next year and 477 in 1998. During 1996, 484 vehicles were imported into Australia. The X-90 was also imported into Europe. By mid-1997 retail pricing had dropped by 25%. No further imports occurred and the last of the vehicles sold in 1999.[3]

The X-90 was the base vehicle for Red Bull's advertising vehicles,[2] which featured a 1.5 m (5') mockup of the company's product can mounted over the trunk.

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. ^ Magazines, Hearst (July 1995), "Asia Spy Report", Popular Mechanics, p. 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.

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