Launched in 1998, Suzuki XL-7 is known as the Suzuki’s mid-sized SUV.
Suzuki’s first generation design was XL-7 and was actually an extension of Grand Vitara. Featuring 2.7 liter V6 on a rear wheel drive-based platform with optional four wheel drive designed by Suzuki. On introduction, it was very cheap SUV coming with 3 seaters in North America. More than 20,000 cars were sold in a year and were given the Consumer’s Digest Best Buy award. Since, competitors started coming out with better features in lower prices like Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Honda CR-V sales of this one went down
XL-7 was available in US with 5-speed manual transmission in 5 and 7 seat variants.
Presented in 2006, Suzuki and General Motors made the XL7, known as the 2007 model. Platform and components used were similar to the Pontiac Torrent, Chevy Equinox and Saturn Vue. The second generation was similar to GM High Feature engine made in Japan and sent to CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, where the assembling takes place with Torrent and Equinox, even its first entry in crossover SUV segment. On 2007 styling cues, it featured a trapezoidal headlights and slotted grille.
Because of less demand, Suzuki stopped the making in May 2009 and through May 10, 2009, only four XL7s for Suzuki were made by CAMI Automotive Inc. after making more than 12,000 vehicles last year.