Suzuki's first-generation XL7 was simply too small and underpowered for the US market. Therefore, for the new XL7, Suzuki addressed these issues with a bigger body and a new 250-bhp (est.) 3.6L V-6, built under license from GM. The V-6 is available with a 5-speed automatic in FWD or on-demand AWD configurations. With an all-independent suspension, the new GM Theta platform-based XL7 should ride better than the previous generation vehicle, which had a solid axle and body-on-frame structure. Seven passenger XL7 models get self-leveling shock absorbers to handle heavy loads. Towing capacity is a relatively minimal 3,500 lbs., so the XL7 is best suited for light-duty hauling. Safety features include ESP (Electronic Stability Program), which incorporates rollover sensing capability, and front and side-curtain airbags. This much-improved XL7 should help Suzuki carve a bigger share of the car-based SUV market.
|Model/Trim/Package ||Engine || || ||MPG
|XL7 ||3.6l V6 (252-bhp) ||A5 ||AWD ||17/23/20 || ||$24,499|
|XL7 ||3.6l V6 (252-bhp) ||A5 ||FWD ||18/24/21 || ||$22,899|