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