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This fall Suzuki Canada will add a larger sport-utility vehicle to its lineup that looks very much like the concept XL6 that debuted recently at the Detroit auto show.

Likely to arrive carrying a pricetag around $30,000, the new Suzuki SUV will compete in a market now dominated by such vehicles as the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, GMC Jimmy and others.

Mike Kurnik of Suzuki Canada says the upcoming SUV was designed specifically for the North American market. "It's the largest and most luxurious Suzuki concept vehicle and it demonstrates an unsurpassed combination of versatility and style. With leather seating for six and an abundance of versatile storage space, the XL6 combines a lavish cabin, sleek exterior and a rugged four-wheel drive powertrain."

Kurnik says that, "As the market changes, Suzuki will continue to strengthen its position with the development of innovative, versatile, value-packed products. The XL6 is an example of Suzuki's continuing mission to design vehicles that fit consumers' lifestyle -- addressing both needs and wants."

XL6's exterior shape is "bold and innovative," Kurnik says. "With an aggressive stance and sleek appearance, this new concept embodies the sophistication of a sedan and the functionality of an SUV."

Appealing both to the eye and to the laws of physics, says Kurnik, the aerodynamically designed roofline features integrated roof rails and a rear airfoil, complete with integrated brake light.