Suzuki XL-7

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Suzuki XL-7
2007-2009 Suzuki XL7 -- 03-30-2011 2.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Suzuki (1998–2006)
CAMI Automotive
General Motors (2006–2009)
Production 1998–2009

The Suzuki XL-7 (styled as XL7 for the second generation) is Suzuki's mid-sized SUV that was made from 1998 to 2009, over two generations. It was slotted above the Grand Vitara in Suzuki's lineup.

First generation (XL-7; 1998–2006)[edit]

First generation
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Overview
Also called Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (Europe),
Suzuki Grand Escudo XL-7 (Japan and Indonesia)
Production 1998–2006
Model years 1999–2006
Assembly Japan: Hiroshima
Indonesia: Bekasi ( Suzuki Indonesia)
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Related Suzuki Escudo
Powertrain
Engine 2.5 L V6 (Indonesia)
2.7 L V6
Transmission 5-speed manual
?-speed automatic
Dimensions
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 20,000 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.

1999–2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (JA; Australia)
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (UK)
Suzuki Grand Escudo (Japan)

Second generation (XL7; 2006–2009)[edit]

Second generation (Suzuki XL7)
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Overview
Production 2006–2009
Model years 2007–2009
Assembly Canada: Ingersoll, Ontario
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform/GMT193
Related Chevrolet Equinox
Pontiac Torrent
Saturn Vue
Powertrain
Engine 3.6 L V6
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Dimensions
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, 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.

The Suzuki XL7 of Nobuhiro Tajima at the 2007 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb during the record breaking run

In May 2009, Suzuki halted production of the XL7 indefinitely due to low demand.[1] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ross, Jeffrey N. (2009-05-13). "Suzuki Halts Production of XL7 Crossover". Autotropolis.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 

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