XL7, the flagship model of the Vitara series

The XL7 burst onto the scene in 2001 with a three-row seating configuration, resting on an extended version of the wheelbase of the second-generation VITARA. Surprisingly for a vehicle with a spacious seven-seat cabin, the XL7 boasted superb off-road performance. Though the first generation rolled with a 2.7L V6 engine, Suzuki boosted the displacement to 3.6L—Suzuki’s biggest V6 ever—for the second generation.