Suzuki Vitara Parts and Suzuki Vitara Accessories
Six Things You Might not Know about the Suzuki Vitara
- The Suzuki Vitara or Suzuki Escudo, which was released in North America in 1988, is more commonly referred to as the Sidekick. An upgraded version was also sold under different badges such as the Geo Tracker or Chevrolet Tracker in the US. In Spain, it was sold as the Santana 300 and 350. In Japan, it was made available under the Mazda badge. In Australia, two models were initially available, the Vitara JX and JLX.
- The Vitara (an off-roader) and its modified version, the Geo Tracker (a mini SUV), are considered almost identical in looks; the only noticeable difference is the design of the front grille after giving the 2nd generation Vitara a facelift in 2002 and 2004. Another similarly looking vehicle is the Suzuki X-90, a mechanically identical car that includes a T-bar roof that can be removed, a trunk, and a rounder body.
- The Suzuki Escudo badge name was based on the word escudo, which was Portugal's monetary unit before the country adopted the Euro.
- In 1993, a special edition known as Vitara Rossini was released. This unit looks like a life-size Barbie Doll ride because it features a metallic pink exterior and a cream-colored leather interior. To date, only 250 units were sold around the world.
- Another special version--the Vitara EPI (Electronic Petrol Injection)--was released in 1995. Although this model sold poorly because of its expensive price, it is now considered a collector's item because of its rarity.
- Because of its availability and popularity across different countries in South America and Asia, it was actually featured in various movies such as Brazil's Celeste & Estrela, which was released in 2005, and Thailand's Lohk Thang Bai Hai Naai Khon Diao (Romantic Blue), which was released in 1995.
- Japanese rally driver Nobuhiro Tajima actually used a modified V6 Escudo during one of his stints at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, which is an annual motorcycle and automobile climb to Colorado's Pikes Peak summit. Because of the popularity of this heavily modified version, the PPE or Pike Peak Edition of the Vitara is a highly coveted prize vehicle in Gran Turismo 2 (Sony PlayStation 2 edition).