Here it is: Suzuki’s Nissan Frontier-based Equator pickup. We caught this production-spec truck hanging out in California.
We got our first glimpse of the badge-engineered truck at the Chicago auto show, where Suzuki showed three concept Equators. Each truck was aimed at a different Suzuki powersports buyer; one was set up for boat hauling, another was ready to follow dirt bikes off-road, and the third was designed for ATV riders.
Shown here as a crew cab, the Equator will also be available as an extended cab truck, just like the Frontier. Suzuki will offer two- and four-wheel-drive models with a choice of a Nissan 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 4.0-liter V-6 engine.
The new front and rear treatments are handsome and an improvement on the Frontier’s look. With little else changing on the truck, we’re eager to see how pricing of the Equator compares to similar Frontiers.
The 2009 Suzuki Equator is expected to go on sale sometime this fall.