Suzuki Escudo

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Suzuki Escudo

The Suzuki Escudo is a four wheel drive SUV made by Suzuki Motors for the Japanese market A larger version is also made known as the Suzuki Grand Escudo The Escudo was known in North America as the Suzuki Sidekick and in Europe (and more recently in North America) as the Suzuki Vitara and the Suzuki Grand Vitara It manufactured in 3- and 5-door frames

The Suzuki Vitara was a mini SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Suzuki since 1988 It is a predecessor to the Suzuki Grand Vitara The Vitara was also known as the Suzuki Escudo in Asia (except the Philippines ) the Suzuki Sidekick and Geo Tracker in North America (replacing the Suzuki Samurai in that market later under the Chevrolet marque) the Asuna Sunrunner in Canada and as the Santana 300 and 350 in Spain In the Japanese home market it was variously sold also with Mazda and Nissan badges

The Vitara was a 4-seater which featured 13 L 16 L and 18 L straight-4 gasoline engines available with carburator or electronic fuel injection 16 valve engines 1.8 liters and in Europe a 2.0 liter V6 Diesel engines were also available in Europe The Vitara was available with 4- and 5-speed manual transmissions as well as automatic transmission and in hardtop 2- or 4-door models or soft-top 2-door models

Vitara convertible

The Vitara also came with an optional cosmetic off-road package which included wide body kit and wider wheels There was also a limited edition of around 500 models which included upgrades such as automatic windows power steering and metallic paint

The Suzuki Sidekick was a mini SUV produced as a joint venture between Suzuki and General Motors known as CAMI between 1989 and 1998 The vehicle was a follow-up to the popular SJ413 and Samurai Also this vehicle while sold in North America was designed to slot above the Samurai

The Sidekick was sold as the Suzuki Escudo in Asia the Suzuki Vitara in Europe and Australia the Geo Tracker in the United States and as the GMC Tracker Chevrolet Tracker Asüna Sunrunner and Pontiac Sunrunner in Canada


Originally the Sidekick was available as a 2-door convertible or a two-door hardtop The Sidekick was introduced in 1989 and was sold until it was replaced by the second generation Vitara in 1999 In 1991 a long wheelbase 4-door Sidekick was introduced which was replaced in 1996 with the upscale Sport which had a slightly different look and larger 16-inch stock wheels

The Suzuki Sidekick came standard with a 16 L 8-valve I4 gasoline engine with a 16 L 16-valve engine available the latter of which was preferred An independent front suspension gave it better handling and the solid rear axle helped keep its off-road credentials intact The Sport model came with a more powerful 18 L engine

In 1996 Suzuki introduced the Suzuki X-90 which was mechanically identical to the Sidekick but had a much rounder body a trunk and removable T-bar roof The X-90 disappeared from Suzuki’s lineup after the 1998 model year The Sport variant was replaced by the Grand Vitara in 1999

In Spain production went on at Suzuki’s partner Santana with the Vitara nameplate After a facelift in 2005 the name was changed to Santana 300/350


Common modifications by off-road fans are lower gears in the transfer case and a body lift or suspension lift in order to run 28 in to 35 in tires

Other modifications commonly seen include:General lowrider options with lowering suspension and airbags or hydraulics and smaller rims/tyresComplete engine swaps commonly with V6 engines although boxer and rotary have been done

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a compact SUV namely a long-wheelbase version of the Vitara produced by the Japanese automaker Suzuki since 1999

As of 2004 the smaller Suzuki Vitara has been in the North American market Sales were slow with just 4860 sold in 2004 for the United States In Canada sales were strong All North American Vitaras were built at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll Ontario Canada while the North American Grand Vitaras were built in Japan where it is the Suzuki Escudo The 2006 model has had a structural redesign with a new ladder-boxed chassis integrated into a unibody construction In India it is sold as a Maruti competing with vehicles like the Tata Safari Ford Endeavour and Honda CR-V

The vehicle is also mass produced in Iran by Iran Khodro Co ] [1]


The Grand Vitara was replaced in the fall of 2005 by a new vehicle using some components of the GM Theta platform and is built in Japan The 2006 Grand Vitara was developed independently by many of the same Suzuki engineers who developed the Theta Although it uses some Theta componentry especially in the suspension it is quite different and should not be considered a Theta vehicle Notably it uses a longitudinally-mounted engine and is rear-wheel drive with a 1039 in (2639 mm) wheelbase while all other Theta vehicles are transverse engined with front-wheel drive as the default All can also be ordered with all-wheel drive as well however The forthcoming Suzuki XL7 will be a true Theta vehicle and will be built alongside the Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll Ontario Canada The 2001 model Suzuki Grand Vitara comes standard as a 2.0 Liter 4WD vehicle in New Zealand

The Geo Tracker was a mini SUV produced between the 1989 and 2004 model years The Tracker was a rebadged version of the Suzuki Escudo and was also sold by Chevrolet and GMC (in Canada ) as the Tracker after 1991 before the Geo Tracker went on sale in Canada as well as Asüna and by Pontiac under the name Sunrunner until 1997 The Asüna/Pontiac Sunrunner was only sold in Canada Suzuki sold essentially the same model under the name Sidekick

Model history

1989 – The Tracker is introduced alongside the Geo Metro and Geo Spectrum as part of the new Geo brand

1990 – The Tracker LSI convertible debuts and an automatic transmission becomes available across the lineup

1991 – A two-wheel drive convertible debuts

1992 – Aluminum wheels become available on all models

1994 – New aluminum wheels and all-season tires debut

1995 – A new easily retractable top for the convertible is added as well as Multi Port Fuel Injection (MFI)

1996 – Four-door and four-wheel drive hardtop model arrives Revised exterior appearance Driver and passenger airbags and 16 L SOHC engine are made standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes become available The hardtop model is discontinued

1997 – The Pontiac Sunrunner is discontinued and Pontiac would not market another SUV since the Aztek was launched in 2001

1998 – Followed by discontinuation of the Geo brand the Tracker is permanently renamed as a Chevrolet Two-door and two-wheel drive model and Tracker LSi four-door hardtop discontinued

1999 – All- new Tracker arrives available with two or four doors

2002 – A radio with CD player becomes standard along with a roof rack and a rear wiper on hardtop model

2003 – The smaller 16 L I4 is discontinued and the 20 L four-cylinder becomes standard across the lineup

2004 – Last year of its production and the last Tracker rolled off the line in January 2004 By the end of the year the Tracker is replaced by an all-new model the Equinox However the last generation Tracker’s bodyshell remains in production in Mexico and other parts of Latin America The HHR would fill its niche as Chevrolet’s smallest SUV for 2006

Competition variant

The Pikes Peak Edition ( PPE ) of the Escudo is specially tuned with over 1000 bhp four wheel drive and sporting huge aerodynamic aids It was entered by Suzuki in a number of Japanese events in the late-1990s

The car regularly takes part in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb driven by Nobuhiro Monster Tajima and is identifiable by its large rear wing and red paintjob

A heavily modified Grand Vitara participated in the 1996 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb This racing model was equipped with two mid-mounted twin-turbo V6’s combined to deliver 985 hp to each of the car’s four wheels and also sported a massive wing to keep the tires on the ground


A pink Suzuki Vitara was used by the character of Jill in the second series of BBC comedy series Nighty Night

See also

Suzuki SJ413

Suzuki Samurai

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