Suzuki Shows Chicago Three New Equators

Last year, at the Chicago Auto Show, Suzuki unveiled three Nissan Frontier based trucks, called Equator. The three concepts were named RMZ-4, Quad and Quai and were designed to be reminiscent of a superbike, a quad and a boat, autoblog reports.

This year's same event brings three other customized trucks from the Japanese manufacturer. The models were created in collaboration with 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Off-Road and Truckin' magazines.

4-Wheel & Off-Road opted to create an all out 4x4 and focused their attention on the suspension lift, aggressive tires and the addition of appropriate body armor, better to match the gnarly off-road targets. The modified parts came from a wide range of suppliers.

Allied Wheel has supplied a set of custom aluminum beadlock wheels, fitted with new Hankook Dynapro MT Tires. Shrockworks is building a custom front bumper, supplying a notable improvement in the Equator's already-respectable approach angle, and reducing the need for the bumper-mounted Warn winch. Holding driver and front seat passenger in place is a pair of Master Craft RS Camelback seats, while the rear bench is reupholstered to match.

Off-Road magazine went for a more urban approach and using the Equator's overbuilt structure as a starting point, they built one that displays the full range of the midsizer's capabilities. Dubbed Project Two Face, the build project conveys two distinct capabilities to the vehicle. Off-roading is made easier with the addition of a custom front bumper from Randy Ellis Design. KC HiLites provides a day-and-night difference with its all-new Carbon Fiber HID lights, while stock RMZ-4 wheels are matched to BFGoodrich's ATKO tires.

' chose to build a lighter and lower Equator, powered by a 2.5l four cylinder engine. The car was fitted with MagnaFlow performance exhaust and Stillen performance rotors.
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