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Suzuki XL-7
2007-2009 Suzuki XL7 -- 03-30-2011 2.jpg
ManufacturerSuzuki (1998–2006)
General Motors (2007–2009)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size SUV (1998-2006)
Mid-size Crossover SUV (2006-2009)
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive (1998–2006)
Transverse front-engine, front-wheel-drive (2006–2009)
all-wheel-drive (1998–2009)
SuccessorChevrolet Captiva
Chevrolet Equinox (North America)

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. The XL-7 (XL7) Is 18 inches longer than the Grand Vitara and adds a third row of seats. It was slotted above the Grand Vitara in Suzuki's lineup.

First generation (XL-7; 1998–2006)

First generation
01-03 Suzuki XL-7.jpg
Also calledSuzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (Europe)
Suzuki Grand Escudo XL-7 (Japan and Indonesia)
Chevrolet Grand Vitara XL-7 (Venezuela)
Model years1999–2006
AssemblyJapan: Hiroshima
Indonesia: Bekasi (Suzuki Indonesia)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size SUV
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
RelatedSuzuki Escudo
Engine2.5 L V6 (Indonesia)
2.7 L V6
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase110.2 in (2,799 mm)
Length187.4 in (4,760 mm) (2002–06)
183.6 in (4,663 mm) (1998-01)
Width70.1 in (1,781 mm)
Height68.0 in (1,727 mm)
67.5 in (1,714 mm)

The first-generation XL-7 was a Suzuki design, had a body-on-frame construction, 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 100,000 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)
1999–2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (JA; Australia)
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (UK)
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (UK)
Suzuki Grand Escudo (Japan)
Suzuki Grand Escudo (Japan)

Second generation (XL7; 2006–2009)

Second generation (Suzuki XL7)
Suzuki XL7 -- 08-28-2009.jpg
Model years2007–2009
AssemblyIngersoll, Ontario, Canada
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
PlatformGM Theta platform/GMT193
RelatedChevrolet Equinox
Pontiac Torrent
Saturn Vue
Engine3.6 L N36A V6
Transmission5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase112.4 in (2,855 mm)
Length197.2 in (5,009 mm)
Width72.2 in (1,834 mm)
Height68.9 in (1,750 mm)

Introduced on November 22, 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—designated N36A by Suzuki—built in Japan and shipped to CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, where the XL7 was assembled with the Equinox and Torrent. Styling cues on the 2007 model include a chrome slotted grille and trapezoidal headlights.

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


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

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