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Suzuki aims for SUV growth

A NEW sport utility model could help Suzuki become the second biggest supplier of go-anywhere cars in Britain next year. For the Japanese company's first full-size sports utility is set to raise its share of the burgeoning UK 4x4 sector by winning registrations from rivals, claims Suzuki GB sales and marketing director David Seward.

'We're currently third in the sector behind Toyota, which has a 10% share. But this car is a winner and I'm confident we'll soon be swapping places,' said Seward as the XL-7, a seven-seat model 19 inches longer than Suzuki's Grand Vitara, made its European debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

Due on sale in July, the car allows Suzuki to enter the sales segment dominated by Land Rover for the first time and brings it into direct competition with Toyota, Mitsubishi and Chrysler Jeep. Details are yet to be finalised, but it is understood that two versions of the 2.7-litre, V6-powered XL-7 will be offered.

With air conditioning, power steering, anti-lock braking, power windows and central locking, the entry-level car is likely to cost £20,000. The top version, probably badged GLX, will offer dual air conditioning, leather upholstery, alloy wheels, fog lamps and higher grade trim at about £24,000.

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