The Suuzuki Escudo is a compact sports utility and off-road vehicle manufactured by Suzuki Motor Corporation. It is also known as "Sidekick" in USA from 1989 to 1998 and "Vitara" since 1999 in other countries across the world. A larger mid-size version is also made, known as the Suzuki Grand Vitara.
The Escudo was first introduced in 1988 at the Japanese market and in other countries became available from 1989 as two-door convertible. It is produced with 1.0-litre JA and more powerful 4-wheel-drive JX & JLX trims. An 80 hp (60 kW) 1.6-litre, 8-valve, 4-cylinder Suzuki G16 engine was available on the JX & JLX. Second generation from Suzuki Escudo was appeared in 1998.
Third generation Escudo SUV was went to sale in 2005. It uses a longitudinally mounted engine and is at least rear-wheel drive with a 103.9 in (2639 mm) wheelbase. The most widely available Escudo is the 5-door version, but a 3-door version is also available in some markets.
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