The short-lived Suzuki Equator pickup truck is rumored to be relaunched for the 2017 model year. It first arrived for the 2009 MY as a rebadged version of the Nissan Frontier. Unfortunately, it didn’t last too long on the North American market due to the company’s bankruptcy and withdrawal from the U.S. and Canada. It now seems that Suzuki is seriously considering a revival of this capable pickup truck. Just like its predecessor, the 2017 Suzuki Equator is expected to share most of its components with the Frontier. Before it was discontinued, Suzuki’s truck used to be a solid alternative to the likes of the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Honda Ridgeline. However, it remains to be seen whether the next-generation Suzuki Equator 2017 will be able to rival these names in the forthcoming years.
As far as the sheet metal is concerned, the 2017 Suzuki Equator will be based largely on the 2015 Nissan Frontier that came as an all-new model. The two trucks will be based on the same platform, featuring pretty much the same body shape. However, there will be some differences, especially when it comes to the Equator’s new front end. It will once again be offered in Extended Cab and Crew Cab configurations, with the latter able to carry up to five passengers. This time, Suzuki will try to fix the problems that show up with the first-generation model. Expect the upcoming model to arrive with a much better insulated cabin, which should result in significantly reduced noise levels. Needless to say, the interior is due to receive improved materials as well as the latest technological amenities.
Official statements concerning the Equator’s engine range are still unavailable. However, some sources suggest that the 2017 Suzuki Equator is likely to borrow the same engine options from the previous generation. In that case, expect the base models to receive the 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit that generates 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Its power should be transmitted to the rear wheels through either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox. The more powerful option is likely to come in the form of the 4.0-liter that makes 261 hp and 281 lb-ft. This unit used to come standard with a five-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive. Of course, it’s not unreasonable to expect improved output and fuel-efficiency numbers from the brand-new Equator.
2017 Suzuki Equator Pricing and Release
Although it’s still too early for detailed pricing notes, we expect the 2017 Suzuki Equator to start just under $20,000. As for the release date, it is most likely to hit the dealerships in late 2016.