Suzuki Equator: New pickup for the US

This year's Chicago Auto Show has turned out to be downright pickup Mecca. Even Suzuki want to be involved at the end of 2008 with the equator in the highly competitive US market.

07.02.2008 Ralf Bücheler

For this purpose, the Japanese manufacturer to three different concepts of its midsize pickups to demonstrate the many uses of the new pickup truck.

The associated power supply optionally two petrol - a 2.5 liter four-cylinder with 154 hp and 232 Nm or a four-liter six-cylinder V-engine with nearly 265 hp and 381 Nm. To a manual five-speed gearbox or a five-speed automatic can be ordered. Up to three tons can be maximally appended to the donkey. The double wishbone front and the base are from the Nissan Frontier.

will be built the Suzuki from autumn 2008 in two cabins versions - as an Extended Cab and Crew Cab For safety equipment on the truck comes with ESP, ABS, six airbags, power brakes, disc brakes all round and a Auwahl of 16- and 17-inch. wheels. For the necessary stability off-road, an electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle and a Bergan- and Hill Descent Control will also boost.

The modifications of the featured in Chicago variations in detail:

RMZ-4: Crew-Cab version with improved off-road capability, extendable cargo area, black 18-inch chrome wheels, sound system including Alpine HD Radio.

Quay Concept: Extended Cab version, especially designed for boating or sailing with boat trailers and special cargo area cover and 20-inch wheels, navigation system and MP3 radio.

Quad Concept: Crew-Cab version in the military look with extra fog lights, safari-style front bar and additional Schutzbeplankung. For this special off-road tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels and sound system.