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FJ What Now? Suzuki Puts The Xbee Concept Into Production 26
Posted by Carscoops Staff in japan, new cars, Suzuki, Suzuki Hustler, Suzuki Xbee on 12 26th, 2017

The automotive industry has a way of balancing itself out. The Dodge Viper went out of production, for example, a few months after the first Ford GTs started rolling off the line.

While Ferrari and Lamborghini were giving up on the manual transmission, Porsche was doubling down. And just a week after Toyota put the FJ Cruiser to pasture for good, Suzuki unveiled the Xbee.

Ostensibly based on the Hustler minivan, the Xbee (pronounced “cross-bee”) takes the form of a retro sport-ute – albeit one that doesn’t look like it’d be quite as capable as the discontinued Toyota (and much smaller to boot). But such are the times we live in when off-road stalwarts like the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder have switched from body-on-ladder-frame construction to car-based unibodies.

Capabilities and size aside, the Xbee that first appeared as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show a few months ago is now going into production – albeit just for the Japanese market (for the time being at least).

Described as combining the “spacious cabin of a wagon and the fun of an SUV,” the Xbee is being launched in Japan exclusively with a hybrid powertrain, based around a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and available with either two- or four-wheel drive.

Two trim levels are available with either drivetrains, prices ranging from ¥1,765,800 (~$16k) for the base, front-drive Xbee MX to ¥2,145,960 ($19k) for an all-wheel drive MZ. Suzuki’s also packed a whole raft of active safety systems in there, and figures it can sell about 2,000 of them every month in its home market.

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Suzuki Xbee Is Kind Of Like A Mini FJ Cruiser 24
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, Suzuki, Suzuki Concepts, Suzuki Hustler, Tokyo Motor Show on 09 24th, 2017

Suzuki has a raft of concepts lined up for the Tokyo Motor Show next month, including the Xbee you see here.
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