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Also called Suzuki Escudo
Body and chassis
Class Mini SUV (1988–1998)
Compact SUV (1998–2005)
Compact crossover SUV (2005–2017)
Subcompact crossover SUV (2015–present)
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive (1988–2015)
Front engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel drive (2015–present)
The Suzuki Vitara is a compact SUV produced by Suzuki in four generations since 1988. The second and third generation models were known as the Suzuki Grand Vitara, with the fourth and current series eschewing this prefix. In Japan and a number of other markets, all generations have used the name Suzuki Escudo.
The original series was designed to fill the slot above the Suzuki Jimny. The first generation was known as Suzuki Sidekick in the United States. The North American version was produced as a joint venture between Suzuki and General Motors known as CAMI. The Sidekick was sold in various badges such as the Geo Tracker (Chevrolet Tracker after 1998) in the United States, and as the GMC Tracker, Chevrolet Tracker, Asüna Sunrunner and Pontiac Sunrunner in Canada. It was also sold as the Santana 300 and 350 in Spain. In the Japanese market, it was also sold as the Mazda Proceed Levante.