Suzuki has become bold for 1996 and decided to breathe in adventure in their lineup and take the road less traveled. Taking a huge risk in producing a vehicle in a new niche, they combined a sports coupe, convertible and a sport utility vehicle mixed it up and voila, the 2-seater Suzuki X-90 was born. The X-90 was based on the short-wheelbase Sidekick's frame, it had a bit of a following but mixed reactions were recorded, some hailed it as innovative and cutting edge while some deemed it as silly and too cutesy. Suzuki intended this compact convertible SUV for the younger market, a crowd with disposable incomes without worries and responsibilities. Suzuki hoped the X-90 would catch on and become the "hip" car of that era.
Underneath the Suzuki X-90's, T-top sat the two-seater cockpit, behind it was placed the capable trunk, both of them resting on either a two- or four-wheel drive chassis. A four speed automatic transmission on the four-wheel and a five speed manual transmission on the two-wheel harnesses the power generated by the 95-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine which was borrowed from the Suzuki Sidekick. This gave the X-90 the same off-road capabilities as the sidekick but the X-90 was designed with fun and sportiness more on the mind. The Standard T-roof of the X-90 is relatively easy to replace and this allowed for a more cool drive with the wind rushing through your hair.
Both trims of the Suzuki X-90 have standard equipments like power windows and locks, power steering, dual airbags, alloy wheels, and intermittent wipers, four-wheel antilock brakes and daytime running lights. Upgrade to the four-wheel trim and you'll get extras such as cruise control, a security alarm, and a 4-speaker stereo with cassette player. Though some options maybe added to the base trim and could be dealer installed. No significant changes were done with the X-90 in its short lived production life.
Suzuki made a real gutsy decision with the X-90. They tried a new fad and hoped that it would catch on like a wildfire. It didn't. Maybe a few design renovations or maybe a bigger engine would have helped its popularity to rise. The market though was looking for bigger and stronger SUV's. Sales were dwindling year after year in its three year run until finally, in 1998, its final production year, Suzuki had to do what it had to do, and the Suzuki X-90 was put to sleep.