Our friends at Truck Trend have picked up a new 2009 Suzuki Equator RMZ-4 crew cab for some long-term testing. They'll be exploring its full capabilities, durability and reliability over the coming months.
Suzuki's first pickup truck for the U.S. market is based on the Nissan Frontier, with a couple of unique features added, like a removable Garmin navigation system and a longer 7 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty (versus 5 year / 60,000 mile warranty for Frontier). The Suzuki shares a spray-in bedliner option with the Frontier plus hill-hold assist and hill-descent controls for use off-roading over steep terrain.
Truck Trend's Equator has the optional 4.0-liter DOHC V6, rated at 261-hp and 281 lb-ft or torque. The base engine is an inline four cylinder 2.5-liter DOHC motor, rated at 152-horsepower / 171 pound-feet of torque engine.
Suzuki has sold over 1 million of its motorcycles and ATVs to U.S. customers in the past five years. The company is hoping to sell 7,000 to 9,000 Equators per year but so far the ailing economy has put a major crimp in that plan. Only 632 Equators were sold in the first five months.
[Source: Truck Trend]