Suzuki Xl7 Loses the Dash

by : Mike Bartley

The Japanese company Suzuki is known initially for the motorcycles they produce. In recent years though, the company is fast becoming known as a serious competitor in the global auto industry. One of the most recent additions to its lineup is the redesigned Suzuki XL7. The crossover was redesigned completely that even the vehicle's name underwent a facelift. Previously known as the Suzuki XL-7, it is now known simply as the Suzuki XL7.

The redesigned crossover was made bigger than its predecessor. According to Suzuki, the XL7 is 9.8 inches longer than is predecessor. This increase in length means that legroom inside the vehicle is significantly increased. Its three rows of seating can adequately accommodate up to seven people. Its second row of seats can hold up to three passengers and the rearmost seat is designed to be occupied by two persons.

The construction of the XL7 and its predecessor is also different. The previous XL-7 was built around a platform which it shared with the Suzuki Grand Vitara. The body-on-frame truck-based platform is replaced by a unibody construction. The new XL7 comes with an independent front suspension - something that its predecessor lacks.

Another improvement that Suzuki made with the crossover is to improve the engine under its hood. The old crossover was equipped with a 2.7-liter V6 engine. That V6 engine can only produce 185 horsepower which pales in comparison to the new XL7's engine. The new engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine with an output of 252 horsepower.

The XL7 is offered in three trim levels - the Base, Luxury and the Limited variants. While the XL7 can seat up to seven passengers, Suzuki also offers a five-seater XL7. The new XL7 was designed for American car buyers, evident in the way that space inside the cabin is increased. With Suzuki's collaboration with General Motors, it comes as no surprise that Suzuki would come out with a car tailor made for Americans.

The base model of the XL7 offers a lot of features unlike base models offered by many car manufacturers which are stripped down versions of the real car. The top-of the-line Limited is loaded with features for passenger convenience and comfort that it can almost compete with entry-level luxury crossover SUVs.

The exterior of the XL7 is fresh which means that Suzuki can use the design concept used in the XL7 to be used on their other vehicles. This would give them the distinction that they surely want for their vehicles. The exterior of the vehicle posses clean lines and a bulky look. This is because the edges of the vehicle were rounded off. Using aftermarket parts like can enhance the good looks of the crossover.

Safety features for the XL7 includes a safety cage built into the vehicle's frame. The construction of the safety cage absorbs the energy created by the impact on collisions but at the same time protects the passenger and driver inside the vehicle. A four-wheel anti-lock brake system is also a feature of the Suzuki XL7. This safety feature is complemented by an electronic stability program. Interestingly, the ESP was taken from Daimler Benz by Suzuki.