2007 Suzuki XL7

Upstart Japanese brand Suzuki brought out the big guns for their press conference at the 2006 New York International Auto Show. Actually, we’re not sure if he’s related at all, but the first speaker was Toshihiro Suzuki.

The first major debut by Mr. Suzuki was the all-new XL-7 midsize SUV. Replacing the old, Tracker-based seven-seat SUV from a decade ago, this new model looks absolutely more modern. The front end styling is bold, and we think it’s attractive all around.

The new XL-7 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6, which they claim makes 65 more horsepower than the outgoing model. Features such as a DVD player and a navigation system bring the truck in line with the competition, and we expect the ride and handling to eclipse the old XL-7 by a mile.

Suzuki XL-7

Suzuki XL-7

New York International Auto Show, Suzuki

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.
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