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Suzuki XL-7
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Manufacturer Suzuki (1998-2006)
CAMI Automotive
General Motors (2007-2009)
Production 1998–2009
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic

The Suzuki XL-7 is Suzuki's mid-sized SUV, launched in 1998.

First generationEdit

First generation
01-03 Suzuki XL-7
Also called

Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (Europe),

Suzuki Grand Escudo XL-7 (Indonesia)
Production 2001–2006
Assembly

Hamamatsu, Japan,

Bekasi, Indonesia
Class Mid-size SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s) V6 2.7 liter,185 hp (138 kW), V6 2.5 litre 116 kW (156 hp) and 213 N·m (157 ft·lbf)Indonesia version
Wheelbase 110.2 in (2799 mm)
Length 187.4 in (2004-06)
183.6 in (2001-03)
Width 70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height 68.0 in (1727 mm)
67.5 in (1715 mm)
Fuel capacity 16.9 US gallons (64.0 L/14.1 imp gal)
Related Suzuki Escudo
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Maruti Grand Vitara
Chevrolet Tracker
Chevrolet Vitara XL-7

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.

2001-2003 Suzuki XL-7 (JA) 03

2001–2003 Suzuki XL-7 (JA; Australia)

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.

Second generationEdit

Second generation
Suzuki XL7 -- 08-28-2009
Production 2007-2009
Assembly Hamamatsu, Japan
Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform
Engine(s) 3.6 liter, 252 hp (188 kW) V6
Wheelbase 112.4 in (2855 mm)
Length 197.2 in (5009 mm)
Width 72.2 in (1834 mm)
Height 68.9 in (1750 mm)
Fuel capacity 18.6 US gallons (70.4 L/15.5 imp gal)
Related Chevrolet Equinox
Pontiac Torrent
Saturn Vue

Introduced in the fourth quarter of 2006, Suzuki partnered with General Motors to build the 2007 model, now called XL7 (without the hyphen). It uses the same unibody platform and many of the same components as the Chevy Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and Saturn Vue, but incorporates third row seating exclusive to the Suzuki. The second generation model uses a version of the GM High Feature engine, built in Japan and shipped to CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, where the XL7 is assembled with the Equinox and Torrent, and also the second-generation Suzuki XL7 is Suzuki's first entry in the crossover SUV segment. Styling cues on the 2007 include a chrome slotted grille and trapezoidal headlights.

Suzuki XL7 Hill Climb Special

Suzuki XL7 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 last year.

References Edit

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

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