Mazda Proceed Levante (Japan) Escudo was first introduced in the Japanese domestic market in July 1988. The name is derived from the ', the monetary unit of Portugal before adoption of the. North American Sidekick became available for model year 1989 as a two-door. A fuel injected 80 hp (60 kW) 1.6-litre, eight-valve, four-cylinder was available on the JX and JLX.
1990 brought the deletion of the upscale JLX version. A carburetted version without a catalytic converter was available for some markets; this model produces 75 PS (55 kW) at 5250 rpm. In August 1990, the Japanese market received a sixteen-valve version with 100 PS (73.5 kW) as well as an optional four-speed automatic. At the same time, the commercial Van version was discontinued. Three months later a five-door version with a lengthened was introduced; it was sold as the 'Escudo Nomade' in Japan.
It was thought that the five-door would overlap with the shorter three-door in the market; instead, it appealed to a whole new segment and sales in the domestic Japanese market doubled as a result. 1991 brought the introduction of rear. European deliveries of the five-door version began in the summer of 1991. For the 1992 model year a 95 hp (71 kW), 1.6-litre, 16-valve was introduced to the United States. The original Sidekick was updated in 1996 with a new Sport version available with 120 hp (89 kW), 1.8-litre 16-valve four-cylinder. The Sport also had dual, two-tone paint and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Suzuki Vitara 4x4
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1993 brought an update of the dash in conjunction with the exterior. There is also a very limited edition named Vitara Rossini which came in metallic pink with a cream leather interior, only 250 of this model were produced worldwide, In December 1994, a 2.0 V6 (Suzuki's first six-cylinder) and a 2.0-litre Mazda-sourced turbodiesel were added; in return, Mazda got to sell the Escudo in the Japanese market as the. A diesel option arrived in Europe in early 1996. In 1996 the Vitara received a facelift, which meant that the V6 was upsized to 2.5 litres while a 2.0-litre four-cylinder was slotted into the range. In Japan, the 'Nomade' tag was dropped from the five-door Escudos. For the 1996 model year, Suzuki introduced the which was mechanically identical to the Escudo/Vitara but had a much rounder body, a trunk, and removable T-bar roof.
The Suzuki X-90 disappeared from Suzuki's lineup after the 1998 model year. The Sport variant was replaced by the Grand Vitara in 1999. In Australia, there were two models available. The Vitara JX and the Vitara JLX. The JLX offered powered windows.
Both versions featured the 1.6 Litre engine. In May 1997, Suzuki introduced the 1995 cc 2.0 Litre 4 Valves/Cylinder Double Overhead Cam engine with both soft-top and hardtop three-door models. This engine was rated at 97 kW (130 hp) at 6300 rpm.
At the same time the five-door models received the 1998 cc 2.0-litre V6. Engine power rated for the five-door V6 models was at 100 kW (134 hp) at 6500 rpm. The 1.6-litre variant for the three-door models were named the Suzuki Vitara Rebel. All models in Australia were sold as four-wheel drives. In Indonesia Suzuki only sold the five-door model, first introduced as the Vitara in 1992.
Suzuki added a two-wheel drive version labelled Escudo in 1994 to target the urban-driver market and to evade higher taxes on four-wheel-drive vehicles, while the four-wheel-drive Vitara remained available. In 1996, Suzuki introduced the Sidekick, a down-specced version of the Escudo, as the entry level model. Indonesia is the only market in the world which received all three different names of the Escudo. Later, only 5-door models with the 1.6-litre petrol engine were offered, with no automatic transmission. In 1995, the Vitara received fuel-injection system and marketed as Vitara EPI (Electronic Petrol Injection). However, due to much higher price, Vitara EPI sold poorly in the market and later considered become collector item since its rarity.
For also 1995, the Vitara got new interiors. Official production for this generation ended in 2006 with the end of the Santana 300/350. Second generation (1998–2005) Second generation (FT/GT) Overview Also called Mazda Proceed Levante Suzuki Escudo Suzuki Grand Vitara Chevrolet Grand Vitara Production 1998–2005 1999–2005 Assembly Japan:, Canada:, Colombia:, Indonesia: United States: (SMAC) Spain:, Linares Venezuela: GM Venezolana, Valencia.
Mazda Proceed Levante (Japan) Suzuki announced the second-generation model on 18 January 1998 for 1999. Slightly larger, pricier and more powerful, it used a light-duty automobile-type rack-and-pinion steering box instead of the recirculating ball truck unit used in the first generation. The three-door version remained in the class while the five-door version moved up to a.
In most international markets the name 'Grand Vitara' was adopted. In many markets it was originally only available with larger (two litres and up) engines while the earlier Vitara was still available. In the United Kingdom, a 1.6-litre Grand Vitara (the GV1600) arrived in early 2001. It was facelifted in for 2002 and again in 2004.
A rebadged version was sold in North America by General Motors as the. The Tracker is sold in Latin America, excluding Mexico, as Chevrolet Grand Vitara. In Mexico, Grand Vitara and Tracker are different vehicles, sold by Suzuki and Chevrolet respectively. In Chile, the five-door Grand Vitara was known as Grand Nomade.
In Japan, an OEM deal with Mazda meant that the wagon was also sold as the Mazda Proceed Levante. As of 2003, the smaller Suzuki Vitara has been withdrawn from the North American market. Sales were slow, with just 4,860 sold in 2004 for the United States.
In Canada, sales were strong. All North American Vitaras were built at in and in the facilities. The soft-top was only built in North America, with European export models assembled in Canada.
The three-door wagon was brought in from Japan for European buyers and sold alongside the Canadian-made convertibles. The 2001 model Suzuki Grand Vitara comes standard as a 2.0-litre 4WD vehicle in New Zealand. Grand Escudo. Suzuki Grand Nomade facelift (Chile) An all new redesigned Grand Vitara (called Escudo in some markets) was introduced for the 2005 model year.
The third generation received significant changes over the outgoing model. The ladder-frame construction was replaced with unibody construction which featured a unique built-in ladder frame to improve stiffness and ground clearance while also reducing the floor height. The outgoing models front MacPherson strut suspension was retained while the rear solid axle was replaced with a fully independent multi-link suspension. Depending on the market, engine options included a 1.6L inline four (105hp), 2.0L inline four (126hp), 2.7L V6 (185hp) and a 1.9L Renault-sourced diesel engine (127hp). The engine and transmission are longitudinally mounted unlike most front-wheel drive based compact SUV's in its class. Engines are available with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Vitara is available in both rear-wheel drive only models or with a 4-mode all-wheel drive system.
The most widely available Escudo is the 5-door version, but a three-door version is also available in some markets. In some markets the three-door variant drops the 'Grand' to be branded simply 'Vitara'. In some countries, including Chile the 5-door version is named 'Grand Nomade'. A commonly held misconception is that the third generation Grand Vitara is related to the GM Theta platform. The two are completely unrelated and were developed separately by GM and Suzuki and share no components. 2008–2011 In the second half of 2008, the Suzuki Grand Vitara was given a facelift and two new engines.
A Suzuki 2.4L inline four is offered producing 124 kW (169 PS; 166 hp) of power and 221 N⋅m (163 lb⋅ft) of torque. The previous 2.7L Suzuki V6 is replaced with a GM-sourced 3.2L V6. The V6 is only offered in the flagship prestige model which produces 172 kW (234 PS; 231 hp) of power and 289 N⋅m (213 lb⋅ft) of torque. Fuel economy has also been improved with the addition of VVT to both engines and the 1.9L Turbo-Diesel has also received some mechanical work improving its economy. Safety has also been improved with more air-bags and traction control being standard on all models. The four mode four-wheel-drive system is also available on all models.
It features a lockable central differential along with low ratio gears. Subtle improvements were made on the exterior of the car such as indicators in the door mirrors and a more pronounced front grille and bumper. The interior also saw a lot of more aesthetically pleasing changes.
2012 In the second quarter of 2012 for the 2013 model year, Suzuki unveiled a facelift Escudo with new wheels, a new grille and front lights. The V6 engine was discontinued from here on.
Starting with this facelift, the Grand Vitara in Indonesia is now a rebadged Escudo, imported from Japan. Discontinuation Suzuki officially discontinued the third generation Escudo in Japan in April 2017 (however it will continue in production for export). In Indonesia, the third generation Grand Vitara was discontinued in 2018.
It is also no longer available in Europe, CIS countries and SE Asia. Current Availability In Iran, it is still being produced by, only with the J24B and a 5-door body style. It is also still offered in Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador (through Chevrolet), El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Uruguay and Yemen as of July 2018. There are currently four different engines available, being the 1.6 L , 1.9 L , 2.0 L and 2.4 L. The transmission choices are a 5-Speed Manual or a 4-Speed Automatic. This excludes Bangladesh and The Philippines, where the Grand Vitara is only offered in conjunction with a 4-Speed Automatic.
The 1.6 L is available in the Base-spec 3-Door version in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Kuwait, Peru, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The Base-spec 5-Door also has this engine in El Salvador. This engine is only available in conjunction with a 5-Speed Manual. The 1.9 L is available in Yemen (only in conjunction with a 5-Speed Manual and 5-door body). The 2.0 L is available in the Base-spec 3-Door form in Uruguay.
The Base-spec 5-Door version also has this engine in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Qatar, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal and Uruguay. This engine is only available with a 5-Speed Manual except for Bolivia and Qatar, where the 4x4 2.0 has a 4-Speed Automatic available. In Bangladesh, this is the only engine available (in conjunction with a 4-Speed Automatic and a 5-Door body). The 2.4 L is available in all countries where it is sold (except for Bangladesh). It is also the only engine available in some markets. In Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Jordan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Oman, The Philippines, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates, this engine is only offered in conjunction with a 4-Speed Automatic. The 3-Door version is only offered in Australia, (parts of the) Middle East, New Zealand and (most of) South America.
In all other countries where it is available, only the 5-Door version is available. Interior The fourth generation of Vitara was presented at.
Its production (by Suzuki Magyar) parallels the third generation. It went on sale in Japan as the fourth generation Suzuki Escudo on 15 October 2015. The all-new fourth generation model is 125 mm (4.9 in) shorter, 85 mm (3.3 in) lower, 35 mm (1.4 in) leaner, it is now a, and has a wheelbase of 2,500 mm (98.4 in), 140 mm (5.5 in) shorter than the previous generation Grand Vitara, making the Vitara easier to drive on narrow roads and tight parking spaces. This new generation of Grand Vitara features a 5-speed manual transmission for the 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 6-speed manual transmission for the 1.6-litre diesel engine. A 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is also available for the 1.6-litre petrol engine.
It has a luggage space of 375 l (VDA), expanding to 1160 l with rear seats folded. Suzuki released a special version of the fourth generation called the Vitara S or Vitara Sport in some markets.
The Vitara S features a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine ', which delivers 103 kW (138 hp; 140 PS) and 220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft), 20 percent more power and 40 percent more torque over the standard 1.6-litre petrol engine. The engine, shared with the S-Cross facelift 2017, is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.
It was first available in 4WD 'Allgrip' only until summer 2016 and after that again since 2017; starting with autumn 2016 the 2WD system is available for the S variant. The Vitara S also comes with several cosmetic changes over other Vitara trim levels including leather/suede sports seats with red stitching, aluminum sports pedals, red LED headlamp surrounds, distinctive five-slotted grille and black alloy wheels.