Suzuki XL7

The Suzuki XL-7 is Suzuki's mid-size SUV, launched in 2001.

Suzuki XL-7
2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 (Euro-spec)
ManufacturerSuzuki (2001-2006)
CAMI Automotive
General Motors (2007-present)
Transmission(s)5-speed automatic
ManualService Manual
First generation
2001-2003 Suzuki XL-7 (US)
AssemblyHamamatsu, Japan
ClassMid-size SUV
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s)2.7 liter, 185 hp (138 kW) V6
Wheelbase110.2 in (2799 mm)
Length187.4 in (2004-06)
183.6 in (2001-03)
Width70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height68.0 in (1727 mm)
67.5 in (1715 mm)
Fuel capacity16.9 US gallons (64.0 L; 14.1 imp gal)
RelatedSuzuki Escudo
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Maruti Grand Vitara
Chevrolet Tracker
Chevrolet Vitara XL-7
Second generation
Suzuki XL7 (US)
AssemblyIngersoll, Ontario, Canada
ClassMid-size crossover SUV
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformGM Theta platform
Engine(s)3.6 liter, 252 hp (188 kW) V6
Wheelbase112.4 in (2855 mm)
Length197.2 in (5009 mm)
Width72.2 in (1834 mm)
Height68.9 in (1750 mm)
Fuel capacity18.6 US gallons (70.4 L; 15.5 imp gal)
RelatedChevrolet Equinox
Pontiac Torrent
Saturn Vue

First generation

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.

Second generation

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 at the 2007 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb during the record breaking run

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