Suzuki Equator Origins
The first Suzuki Equator was marketed for the 2009 model year. It is a midsize pickup truck that provides plenty of versatility to the driver. Coming with either a rear- or all-wheel drive setup, the Suzuki Equator can handle most driving conditions. With different cab and bed sizes, it offers a range of uses for those within the truck. With the choice between a four-cylinder and a V-6 engine, city driving will not let owners down.
While the Suzuki Equator wears the Suzuki badge, it is essentially a remodeled Nissan Frontier that is manufactured at the Nissan plant in Tennessee. As well as having the same dimensions and shape as the Nissan Frontier, the Suzuki Equator also shares the drivetrain and many of the mechanical components. Both crew cab and extended cab versions are available, providing seating for four and five passengers, respectively. The extended version is the base model of the Suzuki Equator. Suzuki Equator Features
With the launch of the 2012 model year of the Suzuki Equator, the only changes were made to the trim. The extended cab version comes with the four-cylinder or V-6 engine, which haven’t changed since the launch of the midsize pickup in 2009. Base models of the extended cab version of the Suzuki Equator are fitted with the four-cylinder engine, while the four-wheel drive versions come equipped with the V-6 engine. All trim levels of the crew cab version of the Suzuki Equator have the V-6 engine installed only. The towing capability of the Suzuki Equator varies based on the engine that’s installed. With the four-cylinder engine, the pickup can tow up to 3500 pounds, while with the V-6, it has a towing capacity of up to 6300 pounds.
The interior of the Suzuki Equator is comfortable and functional. It remains essentially the same even in the higher trim levels, although additional gadgets become available. Seating is fabric covered with no option for all leather seating. The instrument panel has an easy to use display without any special additional features. The Garmin navigation system is available for the RMZ-4 models only, while a Bluetooth wireless cellphone connection, satellite radio, and sunroof were additional optional features that could be included. Anti-lock braking, traction control and an anti-skid system, plus front-side and curtain-side airbags are all standard safety features included in the Suzuki Equator. Suzuki Equator Evolution
Both versions are fitted with four doors for ease of entry and exit. The rear doors of the crew cab version had four doors that opened independently, while the rear doors of the extended version could only be opened when the front doors were opened. The rear seats in the extended cab flip up, and the cargo bed was just over six feet long. In the crew cab, the rear seats are bench-style and the cargo bed could be five or six feet long.
Depending on the style and trim level of the pickup, two different engines could be fitted. The standard engine for the extended cab models was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. It came with either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. For the crew cab version, the only engine was a 4.0-liter V-6 engine with a power rating of 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft. It was coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission only.
The extended cab version of the Suzuki Equator came in four trim levels, which were base, comfort, premium, and sport. The V-6 engine was installed in the sport trim level of the extended cab model. The crew cab version had three trim levels that were base, sport, and RMZ-4, which was intended for mostly off-road conditions. The RMZ-4 trim level has the five-foot cargo bed only. Rear drive or part-time four-wheel drive was available in both body styles at all trim levels, while the RMZ-4 trim level only came with a four-wheel drive system.
Very little changed from the 2009 model to the 2010 model. A stability control system was made standard on all models fitted with the V-6 engine. In the 2009 model, it was only available on the RMZ-4 version of the Suzuki Equator. An additional optional feature that was offered was a removable Garmin navigation unit. No significant changes were made for the release of the 2011 model year.