Suzuki Motor Corp. may be most renowned for its ability to create exceptional motorcycles, but its car division is slowly getting better.
Course, that depends on what part of the world you live in. In Europe, for example, drivers there have already been blessed with the current Swift, a car so good that it has lifted Suzuki out of the doldrums and into being a major player in the sporty compact segment.
Here in the US, while we must wait till the end of the decade to get the next generation Swift, we can immediately sample Suzuki’s first pickup truck. Granted it really amounts to nothing more than a rebadged Nissan Frontier but it shows a commitment by the brand to expand into new markets.
And what are those markets? Among those will be the highly contested midsize segment. Already an unnamed Suzuki will be offering a decidingly sporty spin as opposed to the safe, blandness of the status quo. And it won’t be just in the looks department either. Rumor has it the vehicle will be powered by what amounts to a version of the Cadillac CTS V-6 coupled to Suzuki’s own AWD system.
Also in the cards is a refreshening of the very competitive Grand Vitara in the immediate future.
Our take? If Suzuki cars come to be remotely as sporty as the motorcycles, they may as well be the BMW of the Pacific, at least what BMW used to be with the likes of the 2002 and original 3-Series.